All-star directors revealed for final Game of Thrones season

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Sep 26, 2017

We will likely have to wait until 2019 for the final season of Game of Thrones, but let the fan theories run rampant now that we know who will be directing every episode of Season 8. All the directors have shot episodes of Game of Thrones in the past, and some of those are among the show's best.

First off, Miguel Sapochnik will be returning for the final season. He won an Emmy and a DGA award for the magnificent Season 6 episode "Battle of the Bastards." Other episodes he directed were "The Gift" and "Hardhome" from Season 5, and "The Winds of Winter," also from Season 6. Besides Game of Thrones, Sapochnik has directed episodes of Iron Fist, Fringe, and True Detective.

Also scheduled to return is David Nutter, who directed the most infamous episode of the series, "The Rains of Castamere," aka The Red Wedding of Season 3. Nutter has also directed "The Old Gods and the New" and "A Man Without Honor" from Season 2; "Mhysa" from Season 3; and "The Dance of Dragons" and "Mother's Mercy" from Season 5. Nutter's resume is overflowing with awesome genre work, including The X-Files, The Flash, Arrow, and Roswell.

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will direct the final episode of the series. Together, the two directed "Walk of Punishment" from Season 3 and "Two Swords" from Season 4. But because of Director's Guild rules, only one director is allowed to be named per each episode of television.

The final season of Game of Thrones will consist of six episodes. Entertainment Weekly says that Sapochnik will direct at least two episodes, possibly three. But perhaps it's more likely that he will direct two, Nutter will direct two, and Benioff & Weiss will direct the final two episodes, with each taking credit on an episode. Regardless, we'll be watching!