“Game of Thrones” Announces Season 8 Directors

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HBO has finally unveiled who will be helming the last few episodes of the hit series  as it heads in to production on its eighth and final season next month. It’s no surprise that the list is made up of familiar GOT faces, as it only consists of six episodes. David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik and creators and show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be directed the final episodes.

David Nutter has directed six episodes for GOT, since making his debut on Season 2 with “The Old Gods and the New” and “A Man Without Honor”. He’s also the man behind the iconic episode “The Rains of Castamere” in Season 3. Nutter then helmed the final two episodes of Season 5, “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy”.

Miguel Sapochnik has directed four episodes, making his debut in Season 5 with “The Gift”, followed by “Hardhome”. He then returned for Season 6 to direct “Battle of the Bastards” and finally “The Winds of Winter”. Given Sapochnik’s signature style, one can guess he will be at the helm of some of the final seasons action-heavy scenes. Season 8 will serve as a pleasant return for both of these directors, as neither of them directed any episodes in Season 7.

Benioff and Weiss will likely be directing the GOT series finale. The duo only directed one episodes of the series, “Two Swords” which served as the Season 4 opener, however the pair are a constant on-set presence.

Benioff and Weiss are going to great lengths to ensure the ending stays under wraps. It was recently revealed that they’ll be shooting multiple endings to the series so no one knows the true ending, in case another leak arrises.

While it’s no surprise why HBO and Benioff & Weiss chose these directors, I would have liked to have seen a female director take on one of the last episodes. Out of 19 directors only one of them have been female for the series. Michelle MacLaren Directed two episodes in Season 3, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” and “Second Sons”. She then returned for Season 4 with “Oathkeeper” and “First of His Name”.

An official premiere date has yet to be announced, but it’s becoming more probable that the show won’t return until 2019. It’s interesting to see who Benioff and Weiss enlisted to finish the series, now all that’s left to do is wait.

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