House of the Dragon Co-Showrunner Exits the Series

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House of the Dragon co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik will exit the series he helped to create at HBO, according to THR. Moving forward, co-creator Ryan Condal will be the exclusive showrunner, working with franchise creator George R.R. Martin. Meanwhile, Alan Taylor, a veteran of Game of Thrones and who won an Emmy working on The Sopranos, will become an executive producer and direct multiple episodes of House of the Dragon season 2.

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Miguel Sapochnik will remain an executive producer on House of the Dragon as well, in addition to enjoying a first-look deal with HBO for future projects. He provided a statement to THR about his decision to exit as co-showrunner after three years developing House of the Dragon:

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 1 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. 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 2 and beyond.

Ultimately, this all sounds like business as usual, with no cause for concern. A similar thing happened to the Halo series prior to its debut on Paramount+. However, the critical reception to House of the Dragon seems to be quite a bit more positive so far than what Halo received in its first season.

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