Behold! The Directors For Game Of Thrones Season 7 Have Been Revealed!

HBO has released the first official news about season 7 of the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones.

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Four critically acclaimed directors have been chosen to direct next season. While HBO has not yet confirmed what David Benioff and Dan Weiss have already stated, it seems that season 7 will in fact be 3 episodes shorter than the seasons so far, with the number of directors also being rather low for a Game of Thrones season. Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod and Matt Shakman are the names that will occupy the director’s chair for next season’s episodes. But who are they?

Let’s take a look:

Alan Taylor is probably the standout name on the list with impressive directing credits for television shows like The Sopranos. He recently directed Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and worked with Emilia Clarke on the newest instalment of the Terminator series, Genesys. He has previously worked on Game of Thrones, but this will be the first time he’s been involved with the show since 2012. He played a vital part in building up the visual storytelling style of Game of Thrones, when he directed the last two episodes of season 1.

Jeremy Podeswa made a name for himself with the HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Among others, he directed the show’s most controversial episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” for which he received an Emmy nomination. Like Taylor, Podeswa has also worked on the show before, directing Jon Snow’s resurrection episode “Home.”

Mark Mylod has directed four Game of Thrones episodes, as well as several for Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage. He was at the helm of “No One”, where we saw an exciting chase between Arya and The Waif.

Mark Shakman is a talented director most famously known for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia a personal favorite of David Benioff and Dan Weiss. The Game of Thrones creators even wrote an episode for the show, although Shakman wasn’t the one who directed it. Shakman is the only one of the four directors that has yet to work on the show, but he has plenty of experience, with directing credits on shows like Mad Men, The Good Wife and Fargo.

Some notable names that fans expected to see direct episodes next season include fan-favorite Miguel Sapochnik, who directed both “Battle of the Bastards” and this season’s explosive finale, and David Nutter, who famously directed the “Rains of Castamere” episode and one an Emmy for his work on “Mother’s Mercy”.

Emmy winner Michelle Clapton is back with the show. She was in charge of costume design for the first five seasons, but took a break from the show for season 6. “We were thrilled to have Michele Clapton back for both the ninth and 10th episodes of this season, and for season 7 and beyond,” Benioff and Weiss said.

Next season will be a truly exciting time for Game of Thrones fans. Showrunners David and Dan have previously said that once Daenerys returns to Westeros, the dominoes will start to fall and they have promised two mega-exciting final seasons.