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Showrunner Of House Of Dragon Exits The Show And Game Of Thrones Director Steps In

Season 2 episodes will be directed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor, replacing House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik.

Less than two weeks after its HBO Max premiere on August 21, co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik is leaving the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As the only showrunner for the Game of Thrones prequel, Ryan Condal will continue to collaborate closely with George R. R. Martin, who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire and co-created House of the Dragon with Condal.

According to sources, Sapochnik's decision to leave the project was motivated by tiredness because it took him three years to complete House of the Dragon. Despite leaving his role as co-showrunner on the Game of Thrones prequel, Sapochnik has signed a first-look agreement with HBO to create other projects. He will continue to work as an executive producer on House of the Dragon.

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The Game of Thrones filmmaker Alan Taylor has joined the House of the Dragon cast as an executive producer and is slated to helm "several" episodes of the forthcoming second season of the prequel. Taylor directed seven episodes of Game of Thrones in the past, which was first shown on HBO from 2011 to 2019. Taylor is recognized for influencing the fantasy series' directing aesthetic.

Both the season finale, "Fire and Blood," and the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 1, "Baelor," was directed by Taylor. His output peaked in Season 2 when he directed "The North Remembers," "The Night Lands," "The Prince of Winterfell," and "Valar Morghulis," among other episodes. The Season 7 episode "Beyond the Wall" was later directed by Taylor.

"It's 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 into its second season," Taylor added. "Ryan, Miguel, and George have launched an extraordinary story, in a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge undertaking and I'm looking forward to the challenge." "Miguel Sapochnik has done amazing work on the first season of House of the Dragon, establishing its signature look and feel," HBO said in a statement of its own. "This series simply could not have come together the way it did without him. While we would have loved to have Miguel continue in the same role, we are thrilled to have his ongoing collaboration in this new creative capacity. Looking forward, we’ve had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor, and we are delighted to have him join Ryan and the rest of the talented team."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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