The latest twist of the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon takes place not in front of the camera, but behind the scenes.
Miguel Sapochnik, who came on board as a co-producer on HBO’s new fantasy drama, suddenly withdrew from his position, leaving House of the Dragon co-showrunner Ryan Condal as the show’s sole producer.
Sapochnik is known for directing some of the favorite episodes of the original Game of Thrones series, such as “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards”. He also directed the first three episodes of House of the Dragon, including the debut premiere episode.
A source close to the production revealed to EW that Sapochnik needed a well-deserved break after years of working with the Thrones franchise. However, he will still be part of HOTD as an executive producer.
While Sapochnik has stepped down, another Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, will serve as executive producer aboard the House of the Dragon ship for season two. Taylor is expected to direct many episodes.
Sapochnik Contributed a Lot to HOTD
“Working within the GOT universe for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon,” Sapochnik told EW.
“I am so proud of what we accomplished with season 1 and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers. It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally.
“As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He’s someone I’ve known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I am so glad to remain a part of the HBO and House of the Dragon family and, of course, I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best with season 2 and beyond.”
Taylor said of his entry to the show: “It’s a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO, immersing myself in the world of the Targaryens; I look forward to working closely with Ryan as House of the Dragon grows into a second season.
“Ryan, Miguel, and George [R. R. Martin] have launched an extraordinary story in a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge undertaking, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
House of the Dragon launches new episodes every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max.