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Miguel Sapochnik, co-showrunner of House of the Dragon and frequent Game of Thrones franchise director, will be leaving House of the Dragon at the end of Season 1. Writer and executive producer Ryan Condal will continue to serve as showrunner heading into Season 2 — for which the show was picked up last week.
Sapochnik will be replaced in the series by Alan Taylor, who will likely play a very similar role to Sapochnik’s, except he won’t be a showrunner. Instead, Taylor will take on the role of executive producer and director, just like Sapochnik did. And like Sapochnik, Taylor has quite a bit of experience in this universe, having directed several episodes of the original Game of Thrones, including “Beyond the Wall” and the last two chapters of the first season. Taylor has also directed several films, including: Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisysbut anyway be thrones episodes are pretty good.
Sapochnik will continue to executive produce for the series and has a deal with HBO for future projects. Along with three episodes of House of the Dragon and classic Game of Thrones episodes like “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards,” Sapochnik has also directed movies such as Finch and Repo men. Sapochnik will leave House of the Dragon after working on the show for nearly three years and guiding him through the development process with Condal and author George RR Martin.
Sapochnik’s departure shouldn’t come as a particularly big surprise, especially considering how much of his time has been devoted to the Game of Thrones franchise in recent years. In fact, Sapochnik . was initially hesitant to officially join the team on House of the Dragon, despite helping to develop the show. While Condal eventually convinced him to get on board, it seems the arrangement was only for a limited time, just to get the show going the right way.