“House Of The Dragon” Co-Showrunner, Miguel Sapochnik, Reportedly Left The Series After HBO Refused To Make His Wife A Producer In Season Two
The Game of Thrones spin-off prequel series, House of the Dragon, was renewed for a second season. But one of the two showrunners, Miguel Sapochnik, is not going to be returning, and while it was first reported to be an amicable split, now there is rumored to be some actual drama, honey. Nobody’s family got killed Red Wedding-style, but shit allegedly got messy after HBO refused to let Miguel’s wife–who already got a job on season 1 of the show thanks to him–a producer credit on the second season. That Nepo Baby article was just the beginning–we need a Nepo Spouse exposé next!
IndieWire says that Miguel’s exit from the series was announced a bit after the show premiered this past August, and the co-showrunner said at the time that “it was incredibly tough to decide to move on, but I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally.” Well, his use of “personally” might have meant he was playing hardball in an effort to appease his wife and ended up canned because new reports are saying nepotism reached a limit–which is genuinely shocking, but maybe he should have waited to pull such power moves until after at least season 3? And this was after he had already got his wife, Alexis Raben, a gig on the show–she appears in four episodes as Talya, “a lady-in-waiting to Alicent (Olivia Cooke).” She also has a producer credit on the first season, but she must have fucking sucked because HBO was not gonna let that happen twice:
However, according to a report from Puck — a media startup founded by former reporters at outlets like The Hollywood Reporter, CNN, and The Atlantic — Sapochnik’s exit was far from amicable. The report says that his leave from the show was instead motivated by disagreements between him and HBO over his wife, Alexis Raben, and her involvement in House of the Dragon…
According to the Puck report, Sapochnik asked for Raben to be again included on the producing team for the show’s second season, only for HBO to refuse, pointing to her inexperience–Raben’s only producing credit is on Season 1 of the series. The report further says that HBO had to bring in a mediator to de-escalate the dispute, before Sapochnik decided to leave the show over the situation, firing his agents at WME before going to rival agency CAA with his wife.
His former co-showrunner, Ryan Condal, will continue as the only showrunner.
I can’t imagine leaving a job because they won’t hire my spouse. Now, who’s going to pay the bills in that house?! And Miguel just threw away his only source of nepotism work–who will play Alicent’s maid in four episodes to say three lines? HBO needs to recast Talya immediately! Luckily, I’m sure some other producer has a spouse who would love a mini gig and will not overreach.
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