Miguel Sapochnik
Miguel Sapochnik at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016.
Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik

(1974-07-01) 1 July 1974 (age 49)
Other namesMiguel Rosenberg
Years active1996–present
Alexis Raben
(m. 2006)

Miguel Sapochnik (born 1 July 1974) is an English film and television director of Argentine origin, and former storyboard artist. For his work as a director on the HBO epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, he won the award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series at the 69th Directors Guild of America Awards.[1] Sapochnik also directed the science fiction film Repo Men.


Born as Miguel Vicente Rosenberg-Sapochnik in London, England, Sapochnik began his career as a storyboard artist; some of his credits include Trainspotting (1996, directed by Danny Boyle) and The Winter Guest (1997, actor Alan Rickman's directorial debut).[2][3]

In 2000, Sapochnik directed a 2000 short film titled The Dreamer, which he wrote and directed. He also directed the "Beautiful Inside" music video for singer Louise.[4]

Between 2001 and 2005, he was a director of Snowflake in Hell Films Limited.[5]

Sapochnik's feature film directorial debut was Repo Men (2010), starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.[1]

Sapochnik has worked on American television series, directing episodes of Awake (2012), Fringe (2011–12), House (2011–12) and Mind Games (2014).[6]

In 2015, Sapochnik directed two episodes of Game of Thrones for the show's fifth season, "The Gift" and "Hardhome." He returned to direct the final two episodes of Game of Thrones' sixth season, "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter".[7] All of these episodes received acclaim from both critics and viewers. Sapochnik won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, for directing "Battle of the Bastards".

In 2016, Sapochnik directed the series premiere of the show Altered Carbon for Netflix.[8]

In 2017, he directed an episode of Iron Fist.[9]

In September 2017, he directed the third ("The Long Night") and fifth ("The Bells") episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones.[10]

He was one of two showrunners of House of the Dragon, the first season of which premiered on August 21, 2022. In August 2022, it was announced that he would be stepping down as showrunner after the first season, though he will remain as an executive producer for future seasons.[11][12]

Personal life

Sapochnik is of Argentine origin, and has been married to actress Alexis Raben since 2006.[13]

He is Jewish.[14]



Year Title Director Executive
2010 Repo Men Yes Yes
2021 Finch Yes Yes


Year Show Season Episode Episode title Notes
2011 House 7 9 "Larger Than Life"
11 "Family Practice"
22 "After Hours"
Fringe 4 3 "Alone in the World"
House 8 7 "Dead & Buried"
2012 16 "Gut Check"
21 "Holding On"
Awake 1 13 "Turtles All the Way Down"
Falling Skies 2 4 "Young Bloods"
Fringe 5 1 "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11" co-directed with Jeannot Szwarc
2013 Under the Dome 1 7 "Imperfect Circles"
Revolution 1 12 "Ghosts"
Banshee 1 9 "Always the Cowboy"
10 "A Mixture of Madness"
2014 Mind Games 1 1 "Pilot"
Extant 1 13 "Ascension"
2015 Game of Thrones 5 7 "The Gift"
8 "Hardhome"
Masters of Sex 3 3 "The Excitement of Release"
True Detective 2 5 "Church in Ruins"
2016 Game of Thrones 6 9 "Battle of the Bastards" Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
Nominated—Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
10 "The Winds of Winter"
2017 Iron Fist 1 4 "Eight Diagram Dragon Palm"
2018 Altered Carbon 1 1 "Out of the Past"
2019 Game of Thrones 8 3 "The Long Night" Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series
5 "The Bells"
2022 House of the Dragon 1 1 "The Heirs of the Dragon" Also showrunner and executive producer
6 "The Princess and the Queen"
7 "Driftmark"


  1. ^ a b Rich, Katey (19 March 2010). "Exclusive Interview: Repo Men Director Miguel Sapochnik". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Miguel Sapochnik Filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Exclusive: Repo Men director Miguel Sapochnik". Shock Till You Drop. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 January 2006). "Sapochnik finally in view". Variety. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Snowflake in Hell Films Limited". CompaniesLondon.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Miguel Sapochnik Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  7. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (28 June 2016). "'Game Of Thrones': Season 6 Finale Director Miguel Sapochnik On Military Aesthetic, That Score, And Putting His Stamp on the Long-Running Series". Deadline. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (12 May 2016). "Joel Kinnaman to Star in Netflix Sci-Fi Series 'Altered Carbon'". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ Robinson, Joanna (29 June 2016). "The Best Director on Game of Thrones Won't Be Coming Back Next Year". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  10. ^ Chitwood, Adam (15 December 2017). "'Justice League' DP Fabian Wagner on Zack Snyder's Cut, Superman's Black Suit & 'Game of Thrones'". Collider. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ White, Peter (31 August 2022). "'House Of The Dragon' Co-Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik Steps Down Ahead Of Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  12. ^ Murray, Tom (1 September 2022). "Game of Thrones alum Miguel Sapochnik steps down as House of the Dragon showrunner". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Miguel Sapochnik". IMDb. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Jews in the News: Chuck Lorre, Dave Franco and Billy Crystal". Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2021.