It’s not often that we can discuss TV director announcements as breaking news, but for “Game of Thrones” more so than any other show they matter. This is probably the best venue for directors in the medium right now, and many have become notable thanks mostly to the work that they have done here.
Probably the first surprise, though, about the list of directors for season 7 (first posted by Entertainment Weekly) is who is not a part of the list in Miguel Sapochnik, probably the show’s hottest commodity after being responsible for “Hardhome,” “The Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter.” Hopefully, he’ll be back for the eighth and presumed final season, given that the expectation is that there will be some sort of battle either over the Iron Throne or with the White Walkers eventually.
Now, let’s turn to who is going to be a part of this (likely-shorter) season 7: Mark Mylod (“No One,” “The Broken Man”), Jeremy Podeswa (“The Red Woman,” “Home”), and then for the first time since the earlier seasons of the show, Alan Taylor. He’s went on to do movies since first helming several episodes in the earlier seasons, including the beheading of Ned Stark in season 1.
The one new director on the list is Matt Shakman, a man who has done work on “Mad Men” and “Fargo.” He’s also directed tons of episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” a show loved by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The show has been excellent at finding talent, so we have all of the confidence in the world they will continue to do so.
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