Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman will each direct episodes of season 7, set to premiere in 2017. Taylor previously helmed episodes in seasons one and two, ask well as having worked with the series’ star Emilia Clarke on Terminator: Genisys. Podeswa and Mylod each directed episodes this past season, and Mylod also earned an Emmy nomination for season five’s “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”.
Fourth director Shakman will be making his series directing debut. He is primarily known for directing FX’s comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, but this won’t be his first foray into dramas. He’s also helmed episodes of The Good Wife, Revenge, and Mad Men. Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are big fans of It’s Always Sunny having even written an episode for the show in season 9.
One somewhat surprising name missing from the list of directors is Miguel Sapochnik who helmed two episodes in season 5 and another pair of episodes this year with “Battle Of The Bastards” and “Winds Of Winter” which closed out the season. The season 6 episodes both received a great deal praise from fans and critics, and also set themselves apart stylistically from the show. The show hasn’t confirmed the exact episodes counts for seasons 7 and 8, so there are still plenty of chances for Sapochnik to make his mark again in the upcoming seasons.
Less surprising is the show’s continued lack of female directors. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for the show to bring in female directors but considering that the show has Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, and more powerful women driving the action towards the impending war, it appears a missed opportunity to not have a woman driving the action behind the camera too. To date, the only woman to direct an episode of the show is Michelle MacLaren
Emily J | Staff Writer