House of the Dragon gets major shake-up!

New York, New York - HBO Max's prequel series House of the Dragon (HOD) has lost its showrunner following its record-breaking debut.

HBO Max's prequel show House of the Dragon (HOD) has lost its co-showrunner following its groundbreaking debut.
HBO Max's prequel show House of the Dragon (HOD) has lost its co-showrunner following its groundbreaking debut.  © IMAGO / Picturelux

Will fire still reign? House Targaryn's fate may forever be changed as the Games of Thrones (GOT) prequel has experienced a major shakeup.

On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik is stepping down from the newly released show.

In a statement to the outlet, Sapochnik shared that it was "an honor and a privilege" to work with HOD's cast and crew.

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"I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one 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."

The director continued by giving his blessing to GOT veteran Alan Taylor who will now serve as an executive producer and will direct several episodes in the gripping series' sophomore season.

Per the report, co-creator Ryan Condal will now serve as the show's sole showrunner and will continue to work closely with writer George R.R. Martin.

House of the Dragon's setback could change the series

The setback follows the latest news that HOD has been given the green light for a second season following its huge premiere.

The second episode garnered even higher viewership ratings than the first, landing HOD a spot on fans' must-watch list – much like its predecessor.

Still, a key player's early exit from the freshly premiered series does seem a bit concerning.

The reason for Sapochnik's departure is unknown.

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