It hasn’t even been a full week since “Game Of Thrones” aired its masterful Season 6 finale, but the winds of winter are already pointing towards Season 7, which creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss will begin production on at the end of July. HBO is wasting no time in getting the promotion started, however, and they’ve now released the names of the four directors who will take charge behind the camera next season: Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod and Matt Shakman. Entertainment Weekly first reported the roster.
The first name that should get “Thrones” fans excited is Alan Taylor, the veteran director of the first two seasons (as well as of classic dramas like “The Sopranos”) who left the show to tackle Hollywood blockbusters like “Thor: The Dark World” and “Terminator: Genisys,” in which he worked with Emilia Clarke. Taylor directed four episodes in Season 2, including both the premiere and the finale, and his return to Westeros for the first time since 2012 is very much welcome news.
Elsewhere, franchise veterans Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod will also return to the series. Both men directed two hours of Season 6 — Podeswa resurrected Jon Snow in “Home,” while Mylod staged Arya’s thrilling chase scene in “No One” — and are always welcome re-additions to the “Thrones” family. Shakman, however, will be making his series debut next year. The director has helmed 39 episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” a favorite of Benioff and Weiss, and has also worked on “Fargo” and “You’re the Worst.”
The directors behind some of the show’s most epic battles are missing this time around, including Neil Marshall and Miguel Sapochnik, though they could return for the show’s final season in 2018. The showrunners have been very vocal about the show only having around 13 episodes left, and the short order of directors for Season 6 only confirm this. Directors usually film two episodes of the series, which suggests Season 7 will have an abridged eight episodes.
“Game Of Thrones” returns in 2017.