The lineup of directors for Game of Thrones’ seventh season has been revealed.
Unlike the prior seasons of HBO’s fantasy drama, EW reports that only four directors are involved in Season 7, which makes sense given showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ desire to have two shortened final seasons. HBO still has yet to officially announce that is what is occurring, though perhaps they will during the show’s upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel.
Alan Taylor, who directed the final two episodes of Season 1 (including Ned Starks’ death in “Baelor”), as well as the four episodes of Game of Thrones’ second season — before going off to direct Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys — is returning for Season 7. Additionally, Jeremy Podeswa, the director behind the Season 5 episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” and the first two episodes of Season 6 will return.
Director Mark Mylod will also be back after helming four of the series’ episodes, including “No One” and “The Broken Man.” Finally, Matt Shakman, who will be working on Game of Thrones for the first time, rounds out Season 7’s four-director lineup. Shakman’s directorial credits include episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo, Mad Men and The Good Wife.
Costume designer Michele Clapton will be back for Season 7 as well.
Among those absent for the coming season include Miguel Sapochnik, who directed Season 6’s record-breaking finale, as well as David Nutter, who helmed the iconic episode “The Rains of Castamere” and the Emmy award-winning Season 5 finale “Mother’s Mercy.”
What do you think of next season’s director lineup? Let us know in the comments, and for more on the HBO’s hit series, find out what the Game of Thrones creators have planned for Season 7.