House of the Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal has addressed his co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik’s sudden exit from the series.
Last month it was revealed that House of the Dragon‘s co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik was stepping down as the co-head of the series. At the time, the producer/director hinted at a desire to move on to other projects. Now the show’s co-creator and fellow lead has addressed the matter.
Ryan Condal Speaks Out
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Condal addressed Miguel Sapochnik’s departure, citing that he had been with the franchise for a very long time and said everything he wanted to say within the universe:
“It was definitely in Miguel’s mind. “He’s definitely lived in Westeros for a really long time. I was always potentially aware that he might have just set this one season up on his feet and got the feather in his cap of doing a show that he co-ran and had a hand in the conception and casting and making of, versus the original series where he definitely became a producer at the end, was certainly I think [Thrones showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [“D.B.” Weiss]’s most trusted filmmaker, but not in the way that he participated in House of the Dragon. So it was always in the back of my mind.
I think at the end, he felt like he had said what he had to say. He’s a tremendously talented filmmaker, which is obvious from the work that everybody is seeing and will continue to see with episode 5 and 7. I think there’s lots of stories that he has left to tell. And honestly, as a fan of his, I’m excited to see where he goes next.”
Dispite stepping down as co-showrunner, Miguel Sapochnik will continue to serve as Executive Producer for the series. He will continue to work for HBO but currently has not announced any projects. Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor is also retruning to the franchsie as an Executive Producer and directing several episodes.
Here is the synopsis for House of the Dragon:
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
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