The quest for the Iron Throne of Westeros has begun to escalate in the last few weeks. The first three episodes of House of the Dragon have piqued interest in the coming civil war over who will reign on the throne following the death of King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine). Now, one of the actors who plays a key role in the quest for the Iron Throne, Steve Toussaint, has shared his thoughts behind the sudden departure.
Sapochnik's withdrawal from the show was announced after the first two episodes of the Game of Thrones prequel series had been broadcast. It has set viewership records at HBO, been renewed for a second season fairly quickly, and drawn many back to Westeros' tumultuous landscape. So it came as a surprise to many, Toussaint included.
Toussaint, who plays the legendary seafarer nicknamed The Sea Snake and lord of the wealthiest house in the realm, said he was shocked by the news of Sapochniks' departure during an EW podcast. Here is his entirety of his statement:
I was like, "Oh no!" when Ryan called me one night, just confirming that he wanted to know what's going on, and that everything would be fine. He had to take a break and recharge himself and think about what he wants to do next. I think the world is his oyster, because he's so gifted.
If the next episode preview is anything to go by, the Toussaints character in the series declared war on the Triarchy, in the Stepstones, without his kings' permission. It was a war he was devastated until his son, Laenor (John Macmillan), and the charismatic Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) saved the day.
House of the Dragon is based on George R. R. Martin's work, similar to Game of Thrones' previous film, and features House Targaryen at the height of its power and the civil conflict that would imply the demise of the house.
On HBO and HBO Max, House of the Dragon premieres new episodes on Sundays.