House of the Dragon co-creator Miguel Sapochnik resigned from his role as showrunner after just two episodes of the HBO series were shown to viewers. While co-creator Ryan J. Condal took on the role of showrunning solo, Game of Thrones fans were shocked by the change in personnel.
We have this English phrase ruined and I was like, Oh no, according to Toussaint, who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon (aka the Sea Snake) in an interview on the Entertainment Weeklys West of Westeros podcast. Ryan called me one night, just saying, I want you to know what's happening and everything will be fine, and so on. It's Miguel's decision.
Toussaint is well-known for directing a few of the most memorable episodes in the original series, including Season 6's Battle of the Bastards, which won him the 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.
When we were doing the [House of the Dragon] premiere in London, I was talking with [Sapochnik's wife Alexis Raben,] who was also chronicling Sapochnik's responsibilities. Of course, he had to direct and direct his own parts, obviously his own episodes. And then, of course, he has to overlook the whole thing and make sure the look is still in line with the whole story. I think they're still right now cutting the last couple of episodes.
Sapochnik said in the first public announcement via The Hollywood Reporter that working within the Thrones universe has been an honor and a joy. I am so proud of what we accomplished in Season 1, and overjoyed by the enthusiastic response from our viewers. I know that moving on is the correct decision for me personally and professionally.
Despite my disappointment, I believe he has a fantastic artistic potential. For the good of his health, he must take a long break and recharge himself and consider what he may do next, Toussaint continued. I think the worlds his oyster.
The new House of the Dragon Season 2 announcement, according to the actor, is a wonderful expression of vindication. Following Sapochniks' departure as showrunner, fellow Games of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor will join the series' creative team to direct.