‘House of the Dragon’ Showrunner Ryan Condal Re-Ups Overall Deal With HBO

“House of the Dragon” co-creator, writer, executive producer and showrunner Ryan Condal has extended his overall deal with HBO. The news comes after the smashing success of the “Game of Thrones” prequel and the early Season 2 renewal it received at the cable network.

Condal, who previously served as co-showrunner alongside director Miguel Sapochnik, had previously struck a deal with HBO in 2020, right after “HOTD” got a straight-to-series order. The series, which was also developed by author George R.R. Martin, was the first to triumph after a slew of failed spinoffs, including a pilot starring Naomi Watts.

“When I picked up that paperback copy of ‘Game of Thrones’ over two decades ago, I wasn’t even sure I would make it as a screenwriter. To find myself here, having co-created a series set in Westeros, is almost beyond thought. I am incredibly fortunate,” Condal said in a statement. “I’m grateful to George R.R. Martin for believing in me and to HBO for placing their trust in me. I’m thrilled to be partnering with HBO to tell the next chapter in the Targaryen saga, and I’m hoping that it’s just one of many to come.”

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Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO programming and head of HBO drama series and films, added, “Ryan Condal is a singular talent. He has a magnificent ability to tell stories, build worlds, and shape character, as well as deep passion and respect for George R.R. Martin’s universe. The years we’ve spent collaborating with him on ‘House of the Dragon’ have affirmed our desire to expand our partnership with him now and in years to come.”

Upon its Aug. 21 premiere, “House of the Dragon” garnered the largest audience for a new original series in all of HBO history. The series is now averaging 29 million viewers per episode in the U.S.

Deadline first reported the news.