Oh shit yeah. The wait for Game of Thrones Season 8 is long and dark and full of terror, but things are shaping up to be un-be-liev-a-ble.
Yesterday we brought you news that Emmy-awarded winning director Miguel Sapochnik – behind fan favourite episodes ‘Hardhome‘ and ‘Battle of the Bastards‘ – would be back for Season 8. Well now, the full list of directors has been revealed, and it looks like Sapochnik is directing at least two, maybe even three episodes in the final season.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the directors for GoT S8 are…. *drum roll please* …. Sapochnik, Game of Thrones alumni and Emmy award-winning director David Nutter, and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff themselves. That’s it!
Weiss and Benioff are set to direct the finale episode, following in a long tradition of prestige television creators taking the helm for their series’ sendoff.
That means there’s five other episodes, and only two directors to sort it. Nutter might not have the name recognition of Sapochnik (how short memories we have) but he was behind the infamous Red Wedding episode and Season 5’s finale, ‘Mother’s Mercy‘, i.e. the one with Cersei‘s shame walk. He won an Emmy for that one.
Production begins this October 2017, but HBO hasn’t yet announced if it will air in 2018 or 2019. Can you imagine a year without a Game of Thrones season to get us by? The last time that happened, it was 2010. Obama was still president, Katherine Heigl was still relevant, and Instagram was barely invented. Truly, it’s another lifetime.