'Game of Thrones' season 8: 'Hardhome' director back with team

Camille Rivera
September 28, 2017

The final season of "Game of Thrones" will be six episodes, and as of now HBO has not confirmed how many episodes each director will get nor the order in which their episodes will go.

Game of Thrones has unveiled its list of directors for season eight - and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss will helm the drama's final ever episode. Sources say Benioff and Weiss are directing the series finale.

One of Game of Thrones' most acclaimed directors looks to be returning for the final season of the show. Now you might ask yourself: If the Ds are directing the finale together, and Sapochnik and Nutter are also directing episodes, yet there are six episodes ... then how many episodes is each person directing? Also like Season 7, each episode of Season 8 is expected to be over an hour long. The first was David Nutter, who has been involved with the production since Season 2 where hew directed episodes 6 and 7, "The Old Gods and the New" and "A Man Without Honor".

That's why this new photo from cinematographer Fabian Wagner will come as such a delight to Game of Thrones fans who pay attention to every name in the credits.

Game of Thrones shooting locations are usually scattered in a number of different continents, and HBO hasn't been one to withhold the budget when it comes to the series' special effects. To salve the wound that is a full month without more Thrones, HBO has made the official digital release available through retailers like iTunes, Vudu, Fandango Now, Microsoft and Google Play. This is not that unusual, Benioff & Weiss are usually the writers behind half of this season's scripts. Those were the infamous Battle of the Bastards and The Winds of Winter. Sapochnik took a break from Game of Thrones for season six so we're sure he's feeling fresh and up to the task of dealing with all the snow, mud, and blood he's used to great effect in the past. MacLaren has directed four episodes since Game of Thrones began in 2011, including "Oathkeeper" (season four) and "Second Sons" (season three).

Nutter returned for the show's fifth season. It's unclear how numerous final six episodes he will shoot, though the standard is usually two.

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