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'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Sets Directors

27 September 2017

Sapochnik is a veteran director on the show, and has directed the epic episodes "Battle of Bastards", "The Winds of Winter" and "Hardhome".

Now, Entertainment Weekly has made it official: Sapochnik will come back for the show's final season, and he won't be alone.

The show is expected to air in 2018, but there's a possibility that he fans will have to wait till 2019 to see the final season. His credits range from The X-Files to ER to The Flash.

Nutter has directed six installments of the HBO hit thus far, including the infamous Red Wedding episode "The Rains of Castamere", as well as the finales for Season 3 and Season 5. (Yes, that the director of The Red Wedding is returning has us a bit anxious about some of our beloved characters too). Chief among the news is that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff themselves will put the show to rest. With his pension for handling the more sprawling moments of the series, odds are that when the final season's bigger battle sequences erupt (perhaps when Cersei's Golden Company of mercenaries crosses paths with our heroes) will be orchestrated under the watchful eye of Sapochnik. The decision continues a tradition of creators of acclaimed serialized cable dramas helming their own finales - such as David Chase for The Sopranos, Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad, and Matthew Weiner for Mad Men. It's unclear how this one will sort out.

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Season 8 is starting to take shape! Given that there are only six episodes every story is going to matter more than most others. Nutter was away from the show for season six and seven, something fans bemoaned after some of the looser moments in recent seasons.

So we're talking possibly three "Battle of the Bastards" style episodes, since EW notes that that's still his signature episode?

Production on season eight has not yet officially begun, so any official confirmation on who's directing which episode is likely some way off.

'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Sets Directors