Another Key Executive Producer Has Left House Of The Dragon
House of the Dragon's production crew has seen yet another key loss, with co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik stepping down.
House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel, has lost another executive producer as production on Season 2 begins. According to Deadline, executive producer Jocelyn Diaz will no longer be engaged in the show's production going forward.
Although there has been no official confirmation, insiders close to the production suggest Diaz's original agreement was only for a single year, with HBO declining to take up the option of an extra year following the release of Season 1. This newest development follows the resignation of co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik, who was also substantially engaged in Game of Thrones' first run as a director.
Ryan Condal, co-creator, and executive producer will take over as sole showrunner for the second season and will continue to collaborate closely with the book series' author, George R.R. Martin. Sapochnik stated in an official statement, "Working inside the Thrones world for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the incredible House of the Dragon actors and crew.
I am extremely happy with what we accomplished with Season 1 and thrilled by our audience's passionate response... I am thrilled to be a member of the HBO and House of the Dragon families, and of course, I wish Ryan and his crew luck in Season 2 and beyond."
Meanwhile, Alan Taylor has been hired as a director for several upcoming episodes of House of the Dragon. The American film and television director has worked on some of the most famous productions of the previous 30 years. These are seven episodes from the first and second seasons of Game of Thrones, before returning for "Beyond the Wall" in the last season. The most recent episode of House of the Dragon featured its first and most dramatic time leap, advancing 10 years into the future. The show's younger actors, such as Milly Alcock, are not scheduled to return, with Episode 5, "We Light the Way," serving as their final appearance.