“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!
This past Sunday, the Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, premiered on HBO. So many people tried to stream it at once that HBO Max actually crashed for some users. By the next morning, the premiere had scored 10 million viewers, making it the biggest series debut in HBO history. Five days later, another 10 million people jumped on the bandwagon. It’s a hit, a very palpable hit! And today, HBO announced that they’ve already renewed the show for a second season. Ugh, I hate to say it, but… I’m in. And if House of the Dragon shits the bed harder than Game of Thrones did in its final season, I only have myself to blame. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? I’m a bigger moron than anyone who ever put their trust in (that sexy beast) Littlefinger.
Last night millions of households set themselves up for disappointment by streaming the premiere of House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel on HBO Max. And unlike last time when GOT fans had to wait approximately 34 years in between saying “hey, this Dragon show is kinda fun” in season one to saying “look how they massacred my boy,” as season eight nosedived into the Narrow Sea like a dragon who’d been shot out of the sky with a cannon loaded with all the discarded water bottles, Starbucks coffees and busted wigs that had been carelessly left laying around set, some viewers of HOtD were disappointed right out the gate. Variety reports that so many people tuned in to see what Matt Smith would look like if he were the third Nelson brother, that HBO Max crashed.
I don’t know who is still clamoring for more Game of Thrones after showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss shit the bed at Westeros during the final season. But HBO spent a lot of money on ratty-looking white-blond wigs and unless they want to cut them up and use them for a limited series called Night of a Thousand Warhols starring Nicole Kidman, they’ve got to recoup their costs somehow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the GoT prequel, House of the Dragon, is set to premiere on August 21, which is just around the corner. That’s tantamount to it having premiered three weeks ago, by GoT standards, given that it’s barely been 3 years since Dasani, Mother of Hydration, made her small screen debut in the finale.
Cast your memory back to 2019. I know it hurts, but try. It wasn’t the best of times, but it also wasn’t the worst of times. 2019 brought us a bunch of stories that initially enraptured us but were never thought of again and they certainly didn’t reverberate well into 2020. For example, remember when Jussie Smollet was attacked?! That was wild, wonder if they ever caught whoever did it. Also, can you believe Tristan Thompson cheated on Khloe Kardashian, both of Lori Loughlin’s daughters got into USC, Alex Trebek died leaving Jeopardy! temporarily hostless and Lady Gaga, of all people, was doing the most for an Oscar campaign. Whew, 2019 — What a time to be alive! But there was one story that year still has legs. I don’t know about you but I haven’t slept a wink since the series finale of Game of Thrones. Thank God for Peter Dinklage who has finally answered the question that has been dogging us for years — The REAL reason everyone hated the GOT finale. Hint: It’s not because it was absolute dog shit. It’s because we’re dumb and possibly racist.
In an interview with Collider, Hannah Waddingham, the 46-year-old actress who appeared as Septa Unella in the fifth and sixth seasons of Game Of Thrones, talked about her time on the series. Lucky for her, she got in on the show before they stopped giving a fuck and started leaving Starbucks cups around. But it still wasn’t all fun and games, and she talked about an episode where Hannah’s character was getting tortured. And she got waterboarded in real-time for a full workday. And it was because they decided to pivot from a torture rape scene…