The Real Reason Behind Miguel Sapochnik’s ‘House Of The Dragon’ Exit

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A new report has revealed the first details about Miguel Sapochnik’s House of the Dragon exit.

This past Summer, Miguel Sapochnik stepped down from his role as co-showrunner of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon ahead of its second season at HBO. At the time of Sapochnik’s House of the Dragon departure, HBO claimed that the filmmaker wanted to move on from the world of Westeros. Now, Puck has revealed the reason behind his exit from the series.

Puck reports that Miguel Sapochnik left House of the Dragon after HBO refused to make his wife Alexis Raben a producer on the second season of the series. Raben was credited as a producer on season one and appeared in four episodes of the series, playing Talya, a lady-in-waiting to Olivia Cooke’s Alicent Hightower.

Per Puck, HBO rejected the request to make Alexis Raben a producer on House of the Dragon season two due to her lack of experience in the role. Things between Miguel Sapochnik and HBO then got heated, with the network bringing in a mediator to deescalate the situation. Sapochnik ended up leaving the series and firing his agents WME at before moving to CAA with his wife.

The season one finale of House of the Dragon, titled “The Black Queen,” brought in 9.3 million viewers upon its premiere on HBO, the biggest finale viewership for the network since the final episode of Game of Thrones in 2019. The episode was leaked two days before its official premiere on HBO and aired at the same time as Sunday Night Football and Major League Baseball.

When does House of the Dragon return to HBO?

A second season of House of the Dragon is currently in development at HBO. The second season begins filming early next year and won’t arrive until 2024 at the earliest, according to recent comments from Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO and HBO Max.

House of the Dragon is set around 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and follows House Targaryen – the noble house of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen from Thrones – as a civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons breaks out between claimants to the Iron Throne.

Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal served as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon season one. They also executive produced the season 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.

Every episode of House Of The Dragon is now available on HBO Max. Stay tuned for the latest news from the world of Game of Thrones and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.