Steve Toussaint, the showrunner for House of the Dragon, has been "gutted" by the showrunner's departure

Steve Toussaint, the showrunner for House of the Dragon, has been "gutted" by the showrunner's depar ...

Steve Toussaint of House of the Dragon has opened up about the effect Miguel Sapochnik's departure has had on him.

Sapochnik, who played Jon Snow on some of the most spectacular, award-winning episodes of Game of Thrones, would resign his role in House of the Dragon, resigning as co-showrunner and director last week. He will continue to hold his executive producer credit.

Toussaint, who plays seafarer Lord Corlys Velaryon in the prequel, said he was "gutted" when co-showrunner Ryan Condal told him Sapochnik would not be on board.

"We have this English expression 'gutted,' said the actor on the Entertainment Weekly podcast West of Westeros.

"I was like, "Oh no!" Ryan rang me since I've been shooting something in Belgium. I remember Ryan just saying, "Listen, this is about to break." I want you to know what's going on and everything will be fine."

"And it's Miguel's decision. So I was displeased."

"I'm disappointed personally, because I believe he has a fantastic artistic vision," Toussaint said. "For the good of his health, he's got to take a long break and recharge himself and consider what else he'll do next."

Condal will be the sole showrunner for the already-confirmed second season of the spinoff, with Game of Thrones veteran Alan Taylor stepping in as director and executive producer.

Seasons 1 to 8 of Game of Thrones are now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Season one of House of the Dragon will be shown weekly in the United States on Sundays on HBO, and on Mondays in the United Kingdom on Sky Atlantic and NOW.