Miguel Sapochnik attends the HBO Original Drama Series “House Of The Dragon” World Premiere held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on July 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Jon Kopaloff | Wire image | Getty Images
House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik is leaving the newly launched series for its second season.
The writer, director and producer has entered into a deal with HBO to develop new projects and will remain an executive producer for the duration of “House of the Dragon’s”.
“It was incredibly difficult to decide to continue, but I know it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally,” Sapochnik said in a statement.
Sapochnik directed multiple critically acclaimed episodes of “Game of Thrones” before joining “House of the Dragon,” including critically acclaimed and fan favorite episodes such as “Hardhome” and “The Battle of the Bastards.”
Ryan Condal will transition from co-showrunner to sole showrunner. In addition, Warner Bros. Discovery joined Alan Taylor as director and executive producer for the show’s second season. Taylor previously directed seven episodes of “Game of Thrones” and was nominated for two Emmys for his work on the show.
“Miguel Sapochnik did an amazing job on the first season of ‘House of the Dragon,’ creating its signature look and feel,” HBO said in a statement. “This series just couldn’t have gone together without him.”
“House of the Dragon” got off to a strong start for HBO, becoming the biggest series premiere in HBO history when it debuted two weeks ago, with nearly 10 million viewers tuning in linearly and streaming on its first night.
The series was renewed prior to the launch of the second episode, which received 10.2 million views Sunday night.
“House of the Dragon” tells the story of the civil war in Targaryen that took place about 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”. It is based on George RR Martin’s novel “Fire and Blood”. Unlike Martin’s other books in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, this book features an omniscient narrator who documents history based on collected accounts of events.
The first season will have ten episodes.