The HBO series House of the Dragon has lost a co-showrunner after just two episodes. Sapochnik announced his departure on Aug. 31. It has been an honor, and a privilege to work in the GOT universe for the past few years, Sapochnik said in an interview with E! News, particularly during the last two seasons working on House of the Dragon with such an amazing cast and crew.
It was an honor to produce season one, and I am thrilled by the enthusiastic response of our viewers. In the next season, HBO says Ryan Condal, co-creator of Colony on USA Network, will serve as the showrunner for House of the Dragon.
An Emmy-winning Game of Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor will serve as executive producer and director of multiple episodes in the already-announced second season. Sapochnik explained that moving on was extremely tough, but it was the right decision for him, both personally and professionally.
In doing so, I am deeply comforted knowing Alan will be joining the series. Despite stepping back from his major responsibilities, Sapochnik will remain an executive producer throughout the running of House of the Dragon.
I have known and respected him for a long time, and I believe the series can’t be in better hands. This series couldn’t have come together as it did without Miguel Sapochnik’s outstanding work on House of the Dragon’s first season.
He has created its signature look and feels. Even though we wish Miguel could continue in his previous role, we are thrilled to have him continue in this new creative role.
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Variety reports that 10.2 million people watched the second episode of House of the Dragon on Aug. 28, a significant increase over the almost 10 million viewers who watched the premiere on Aug. 21. House of the Dragon premieres on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m.