Miguel Sapochnik, HBO's most recent hit House of the Dragon, was announced that he would not be returning to the show again next season. The cast has begun weighing in, including Steve Toussaint, who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon in the Game of Thrones prequel, who said he was sorry.
Sapochnik has been the showrunner for some of the most famous Game of Thrones episodes, including epic installments like "Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome." Toussaint appeared to already have the same impact on House of the Dragon, for which he directed the first two episodes, including the much-awaited birth scene:
I was like, 'Oh no!' When I got a call from Ryan one night, just saying, 'Listen, this is about to break. I want you to know what's going on, and everything will be fine,' and so forth. It's Miguel's decision.
Many of the franchise's actors have spoken about the challenges of filming, including Kit Harington, who was grateful for GOT's ending in that regard. (But can you blame him? The man was in the frozen tundra most of the time.) Toussaint's House of the Dragon co-star Matt Smith also discussed the challenges of filming, which was also true for crew members and designers.
Although personally, I'm disappointed, because I think he has a fantastic artistic vision. I understand, for the good of his health, he's got to take a long break and recharge himself and decide what else he wants to do next. I think the world's his oyster.
Miguel Sapochnik will still be involved with the program, although in a far less direct day-to-day role as executive producer. Ryan Condal will be the sole showrunner for the fantasy drama which was renewed for Season 2 after the first episode set streaming records for HBO.
Sapochnik is doing what's best for himself and the show, while I'm also as "gutted" as a fan can be.
House of the Dragon is available on HBO every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, and new episodes are available to stream alongside many excellent HBO Max original series.