Game of Thrones season 8 is not going to make you wait long for more information — including when it comes to the series finale directors.
That’s right … we said directors as opposed to director. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will direct together (per Entertainment Weekly) the final episode of the series, which gives them total authority on how the show will conclude. This is an honor that they’ve held in the past, though only one director is often credit per director’s guild rules. (Do you want to picture them flipping a coin to see who gets it? That’s what we are thinking about at the moment.)
There are also two other very familiar faces coming back to direct in this final season, as well.
Miguel Sapochnik – Best known for his work on the episodes “Hardhome,” “The Winds of Winter,” and “The Battle of the Bastards.” Miguel may be our favorite Game of Thrones director thanks to his ability to create epic battle sequences mixed with shocking personal revelations. Early indications are that he may be directing multiple episodes in the final season.
David Nutter – While Nutter in the past directed the Red Wedding episode “The Rains of Castamere,” he’s become just as known over time for directing big television pilots of other shows. He’s the sort of utility player you bring in to a show when you want it to get off to a great start.
With this roster, Game of Thrones season 8 is off to a great start. Given that there are only six episodes every story is going to matter more than most others. We should also now note that most of these episodes will probably be longer than your standard hour, so many of these directors could have the challenge of tackling what are almost mini-movies when it comes to run time. These are going to be big, intense, and probably also expensive as the entire journey that we’ve been on when it comes to these characters is building towards these final battles. The White Walkers are on one side, humanity is on the other, and Cersei for whatever reason seems to be off in her own world trying to still find a way to preserve some power.
Waiting is going to be the hardest part, given that Game of Thrones season 8 will more than likely not premiere on HBO until either late 2018 or early 2019. With production taking place this fall into early next year, the show will need its time to both make the story great on set and also in post-production. With all of the effects required here, making this show work takes a little more time than most.
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