Game of Thrones season 7 has the four directors that will be working on the episodes, including one newcomer to the series.
We’re still reeling over the events of the season 6 finale, but the show will go one with Game of Thrones season 7, and we now know the four directors that will be taking the arduous task of directing the episodes, however many there are.
As fans may have noticed, there are only four directors for season 7 instead of five directors (usually directing two episodes each.) There hasn’t been confirmation yet from HBO, but showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff already stated that there are only about 13 episodes for the series left to go, meaning there will probably be 7 episodes for season 7.
With that in mind, one less director for the season makes sense. All but one of them have already directed a couple of prominent episodes, and it will be interesting how Matt Shakman, the newcomer, will approach the episode(s).
Here are your four directors:
– Alan Taylor: An Emmy-winning veteran of The Sopranos, Taylor helped pioneer the visual storytelling style of the show when he helmed the pivotal ninth and 10th episodes of season 1, particularly “Baelor” (the episode where Ned Stark was executed). The Thrones producers were so impressed they gave Taylor four episodes to helm in season 2 – including the premiere and the finale. Then Marvel snatched him up for Thor: The Dark World followed by Taylor reuniting with Emilia Clarke to direct her big-screen role in Terminator: Genisys. Now he’s back on Thrones for the first time since 2012.
– Jeremy Podeswa: The Canadian director and Boardwalk Empire veteran scored an Emmy nomination for directing the show’s most controversial hour, season 5’s darkly tense “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” This year he directed the propulsive season premiere as well as Jon Snow’s riveting resurrection episode, “Home.”
– Mark Mylod: A four-time director on the show, the British veteran of Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage took on this season’s uniquely textured re-introduction of the The Hound in “The Broken Man,” as well as Arya’s exciting chase sequence in “No One.”
– Matt Shakman: A newcomer to the series. Shakman is best known for his work on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a comedy loved by Benioff and Weiss (the showrunners even wrote an episode, “Flowers for Charlie,” although it’s not one of the 39 episodes Shakman has directed). Shakman has also helmed episodes of AMC’s Mad Men, CBS’ The Good Wife and FX’s Fargo.
One name that is noticeably missing is that of Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the two best episodes of season 6, “The Battle of the Bastards” and the season finale, “The Winds of Winter.” It’s possible that the final two episodes were enough for him, but it’s also possible that he needs the rest before returning to direct for the final season of the show. If that’s the case, it’s doubtful we’d mind.