House of the Dragon: Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik Quits Season 2 Because HBO Won’t Hire His Wife As A Producer

House of the Dragon Forces Miguel Sapochnik to Step Down After Wife Disallowed to Serve as Producer

Miguel Sapochnik, showrunner of HBO’s hit television series House of the Dragon has reportedly decided to part ways with the critically acclaimed series after HBO refused to hire his wife as a fellow producer.

According to multiple reports, Sapochnik abruptly quit his job as showrunner after HBO refused to carry over his wife, Alexis Raben’s role as a producer into the series’ second season primarily due to her lack of experience. Reports also say a mediator was even brought in to smoothen things out, to no avail as Sapochnik not only quit the series, he also went on to fire his agents at WME, and then moved over to CAA with his wife.

Miguel Sapochnik and wife, Alexis Raben
Miguel Sapochnik and wife, Alexis Raben

Miguel Sapochnik, a renowned film and television director is known for having directed the Game Of Thrones’ popular episode Battle of the Bastards in the series’ sixth season, one which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Director of a Drama Series. He also directed the episode The Long Night for the show’s final season.

Serving as showrunner, executive producer, and also a writer for the series, one can’t help but wonder and worry that its’ best qualities could be mainly due to Sapochnik’s involvement. Either way, with House of the Dragon’s second season not expected to return until 2024, the network has enough time to course correct by either finding common ground with Sapochnik or bringing in someone just as qualified to take the reigns.

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