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House of the Dragon Shake-Up: Co-ShowrunnerMiguel Sapochnik Leaving Hit Series (Exclusive)

Emmy-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran Alan Taylor will join the team for season two.

Miguel Sapochnik on the set of

Miguel Sapochnik on the group of the initial season of ‘House of the Dragon.’Thanks to HBO

Theres been a large shake-up inside House of the Dragon: The HBO fantasy dramas co-showrunner and directorMiguelSapochnik is stepping down from the freshly launched hit series.

Sources say Sapochnik is exiting the show after pouring an exhausting 3 years of effort in to the Game of Thrones prequel. Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal will now serve because the shows sole showrunner and continue steadily to work closely with co-creator George R.R. Martin. Sapochnik in addition has entered right into a first-look cope with HBO to build up new projects and can remain an executive producer throughout the series.

The production has hired another acclaimed Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, to serve being an executive producer also to direct multiple episodes in season two.

Working within the Thrones universe for recent years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the final two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon, Sapochnik said in a statement. I’m so pleased with what we accomplished with season one and overjoyed by the enthusiastic result of our viewers. It had been incredibly tough to choose to go on, but I understand that it’s a good choice for me personally, personally and professionally. WHEN I achieve this, though, I’m deeply comforted to learn that Alan will undoubtedly be joining the series. Hes someone Ive known and respected for a long period, and I really believe this precious series cannot maintain safer hands. I’m so glad to stay part of the HBO and House of the Dragon family and, needless to say, I wish Ryan and his team success and best wishes with season two and beyond.

Said Taylor: Its a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO, immersing myself in the wonderful world of the Targaryens. I anticipate working closely with Ryan as House of the Dragon grows into its second season. Ryan,Miguel and George have launched a fantastic story, in a rich and fascinating world. Time for Westeros is a huge undertaking and Im looking towards the task.

Added HBO: Miguel Sapochnik did amazing focus on the initial season of House of the Dragon, establishing its signature appear and feel. This series simply cannot attended together just how it did without him. While we’d have loved to possess Miguel continue in exactly the same role, we have been thrilled to possess his ongoing collaboration in this new creative capacity. Excited, weve had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor, and we have been delighted to possess him join Ryan and rest the talented team.

The move occurs the heels of theDragonseries premiere directed by Sapochnik delivering 25 million viewers in its first week since release and helping score theGame of Thronesprequel an instant renewal. Sundays second episode made the rare move of gaining slightly more viewers rather than declining. Sapochnik also directed two more time (episodes six and seven) in the debut season.

Taylor built his reputation for his focus on HBOs The Sopranos (that he won an Emmy), Mad Men and Rome. On Thrones, he was instrumental in assisting shape the shows directorial style, helming the pivotal and stylish final two episodes of the shows debut season (including sequences depicting the death of Ned Stark and the birth of Daenerys dragons). Taylor eventually directed a complete of seven Thrones episodes, like the North Remembers, THE NIGHT TIME Lands and Beyond the Wall. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss once described his style as cinematic and precise.

Taylor also recently helmed the Sopranos prequel movie, THE COUNTLESS Saints of Newark, and then gets the pilot for AMCs Interview With the Vampire series.

Sapochnik began his career as a storyboard artist on 1996sTrainspottingand he directed the 2010 filmRepo Menand episodes of FoxsFringeandHouse. Nonetheless it was onThronesthat Sapochniks career went stratospheric following the English director helmed fan-favorite episodes such as for example Hardhome, Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter. AfterThrones, he directed the Tom Hanks sci-fi movieFinch, that was released on Apple TV+.

Sapochnik worked for months helping developDragonalong with his friend Condal before coming up to speed. Sapochnik have been very reluctant to officially join the project, a stance that perhaps foreshadowed his current exit. Miguel said, Im never doing Thrones again, Condal recalled.

I experienced lots of vacillating, Sapochnik admitted. Ryan and I had a long-standing relationship and we work very well together and we enjoy each other that has been half the battle. Once we got deeper in to the discussions, I realized I had to shit or log off the pot.

Sapochnik eventually made a decision to to remain while he was attending of most things a Game of Thrones Experience concert in LA with writer and fellow Thrones veteran Bryan Cogman. There have been 17,000 people going crazy because of this show and I didnt realize how passionate people still were about any of it, Saophnchik says. [My wife] considered me and said, Were fucking idiots. How do we not do that?’

The Dragon team happens to be centered on finishing VFX shots for season one and writing the scripts for season two, which will not yet have an announced start-of-filming date. Because the first season took 10 months to shoot and another nine months-plus of VFX work, the series is most probably to come back in 2024.

Taylor is repped by UTA and Circle of Confusion.

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