There’s been a big shake-up inside House of the Dragon: The HBO fantasy drama’s co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik is stepping down from the freshly launched hit series.
THR reports that Sapochnik is exiting the show after pouring an exhausting three years of effort into the Game of Thrones prequel. Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal will now serve as the show’s sole showrunner and continue to work closely with co-creator George R.R. Martin. Sapochnik has also entered into a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects and will remain an executive producer for the duration of the series.
The production has hired another acclaimed Thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, to serve as an executive producer and to direct multiple episodes in season two.
The move comes on the heels of the Dragon series premiere — directed by Sapochnik — delivering 25 million viewers in its first week since release and helping score the Game of Thrones prequel a quick renewal. Sunday’s second episode made the rare move of gaining slightly more viewers instead of declining. Sapochnik also directed two more hours (episodes six and seven) in the debut season.