With the series premiere breaking records at 10 million viewers, and episode two bringing in even more viewers at around 10.2 million, House of the Dragon’s Miguel Sapochnik announces he is stepping down as co-showrunner from the new hit series. HBO said Sapochnik has signed a first look deal to develop new projects.
Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor will join for season two as executive producer and director for multiple episodes. The HBO alum has worked on hit shows including Game of Thrones and The Sopranos.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sapochnik said in a statement, “Working within the Thrones 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.”
“I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one 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,” Sapochnik continued.
“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 two and beyond.”
According to Deadline, Alan Taylor commented on his return to the Game of Thrones universe stating, “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 its second season. Ryan, Miguel and George 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.”
Sapochnik will remain in an executive producer role for House of the Dragon, but will be looking ahead at new projects with the platform.
The new episode of House of the Dragon premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EST. on HBO.
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