In a surprising bit of news, it's been revealed that Miguel Sapochnik will leave his post ahead of 'House of the Dragon's second season.

Sapochnik, who has worked within the 'Game of Thrones' universe since 2015 and is known for directing some of the best episodes in the show's history, is reportedly leaving as he needed a break from the franchise.

The London-born director's departure leaves 'House of the Dragon' co-creator Ryan Condal as the sole showrunner.

Sapochnik directed popular episodes of 'Thrones' like 'Hardhome', 'Battle of the Bastards' and 'The Winds of Winter'. All of which received near universal acclaim from critics and fans. He also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for directing 'Battle of the Bastards'.

As well as serving as showrunner, Sapochnik also directed the first, sixth and seventh episode of 'House of the Dragon'.

"Working within the GOT universe for the past few years has been an honour and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the amazing cast and crew of House of the Dragon," Sapochnik said in a statement.

"I am so proud of what we accomplished with season 1 and overjoyed by the enthusiastic reaction of our viewers. It was incredibly tough to decide to move on. But I know that it is the right choice for me, personally and professionally. As I do so, though, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series."

Another 'Thrones' veteran, Alan Taylor, will be joining 'House of the Dragon' season 2 as an executive producer. He will also direct multiple episodes.

"[Alan is] someone I've known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I am so glad to remain a part of the HBO and 'House of the Dragon' family and, of course, I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best with season 2 and beyond."

The first episode of 'House of the Dragon' broke new records for the most watched premiere in HBO's history. According to the broadcaster, nearly 10 million people watched along.

'House of the Dragon' is currently airing on Sky and NOW TV, with episodes dropping every Monday.