Game of Thrones is getting ready to go into production for its eighth and final season. The six episode season, it was announced Sunday, has its directors. They are all veterans of the series. Get excited.
There are four directors slated for GoT‘s final season. Creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are confirmed to direct the series finale. The other two directors, Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, have pretty awesome Game of Thrones direction pedigrees.
Fans of the series will know Sapochnik’s work from season five’s Hardhome and the killer penultimate and ultimate episodes of season six, Battle of the Bastards and Winds of Winter. These episodes are pretty heavily laden with action. Perhaps we can assume that Sapochnik is being brought in for that purpose? Hard to tell exactly what the story is, as he was not present to direct season seven at all. But, I don’t think anyone thinks that we won’t have a TON of action in the final season. Winter is here. The Long Night looms.
You may recognize Nutter’s influence on the show if you watched the Red Wedding go down in season three’s The Rains of Castemere. He also directed the final two episodes of season five, The Dance of Dragons and Mother’s Mercy. And, as The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, that means he oversaw the deaths of Rob Stark, Catlyn Stark, and Jon Snow. Could another Stark be on the chopping block? It’s probably just coincidence… right?
Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere on HBO in 2019.