“Working within the GOT universe for the past few years has been an honor and a privilege,” Sapochnik said in a statement obtained by E! News, “especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon. I am so proud of what we accomplished with season one and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers.”
Prior to his work on House of the Dragon, Sapochnik directed six episodes of Game of Thrones and acted as a producer on the show’s eighth and final season.
Alan Taylor, who directed seven episodes of Game of Thrones over the course of its run, will join the second season of House of the Dragon as an executive producer and director of multiple episodes.
“It was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally,” Sapochnik explained. “As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He’s someone I’ve known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands.”
Deadline also reported that Ron Schmidt, who also served as an executive producer on season one, “quietly exited the series awhile ago.”