house of the dragon is making a change within its showrunning ranks.
Deadline has confirmed that Miguel Sapochnik is retiring after serving as co-showrunner for the first season of the series. game of Thrones cleave.
Sapochnik has spent three years on the project and the movement will now see house of the dragon co-creator Ryan Condal, who was co-showrunner with Sapochnik in the first season, serves as sole showrunner. Condal will continue to work closely with series co-creator George RR Martin and the rest of the production team. Sara Hess and Jocelyn Diaz will also continue as executive producers, along with Vince Gerardis.
Alan Taylor, a game of Thrones veteran, will also join as director and executive producer on the second season of the show, which was announced days after its successful launch.
Sapochnik is leaving with a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects and will stay on as executive producer for the duration of the fantasy drama series.
“Work within the OBTAINED universe over the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the incredible cast and crew of Dragon House. I am very proud of what we achieved with the first season and delighted with the enthusiastic reaction from our viewers,” said Sapochnik.
“It was incredibly difficult to decide to move on, but I know it’s the right choice for me, personally and professionally. However, as I do, I take deep comfort knowing that Alan will be joining the series. He is someone I have known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in better hands,” he added. “I am very happy to continue being part of HBO and house of the dragon family and of course I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best in season two and beyond.”
Taylor said: “It is 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 in its second season. Ryan, Miguel and George have set in motion an extraordinary story, in a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge undertaking and I look forward to the challenge.”
The network praised Sapochnik’s “amazing” work. “This series just couldn’t have developed the way it did without him. While we would have loved for Miguel to continue in the same role, we are delighted to have him continue to collaborate in this new creative capacity. Looking ahead, we have had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor, and we are delighted that he is joining Ryan and laying the talented team to rest,” a spokeswoman said.