Neil Marshall To Direct ‘Game Of Thrones’ S4 Finale?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 4:19 pm,


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[Warning: potential spoilers, below. Read at your own risk.]

Game of Thrones season 3 reemphasized the idea that in the land of Westeros, no one’s safe from harm whether they’re principal characters or supporting players. With “The Red Wedding” a month behind audiences, the shock has hopefully started to wear off, and viewers may now be looking ahead to next year, wondering where season 4 will take them and their favorite cast members.

The good news is that the powers-that-be behind the blood-soaked fantasy franchise are starting to do the same, and have already courted a familiar name to return to the director’s chair for the final season 4 episode.

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Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), who helmed one of the series’ most iconic episodes, “Blackwater,” has reportedly been asked back to orchestrate the season four finale, according to Empire. (The news comes from a source that’s “close to the production”, so take it with a grain of salt.) This represents a nice change of pace for Marshall, whose authorship over “Blackwater” wound up being a close-to-last-minute decision; this time around, he actually has the luxury of being able to scout locations, and indeed he’s already bouncing between Ireland and London as part of his preparations before he begins filming his second contribution to the show later on in 2013.

For those who have previously burned through George R.R. Martin’s massive series of sword-and-sorcery books, it’s easy to accurately guess what Marshall will be up to in season 4. Those details are best left out for non-readers, but even so, nobody hires Marshall to choreograph scenes of underhanded political scheming; he’s an action director, and based on his efforts in season 2, anyone should be able to intuit the purpose of his renewed involvement in the show.

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Marshall, of course, keeps himself busy as a habit, but assuming the information is legit, then he’s probably quite happy to have the chance to serve as a director for Game of Thrones once more. Marshall’s attached himself to a large number of projects in the last couple of years, from The Last Voyage of the Demeter to the pilot episode of Starz’ pirate-themed program, Black Sails; little news is available on most of them, though that doesn’t necessarily truthfully speak to their statuses. That said, “Blackwater” remains one of the best entries in the HBO adaptation of Martin’s books to date, and the show in general is right in his wheelhouse. Expect him to hit the ground running with the season 4 finale and turn out another classic episode.

In the meanwhile, keep one thing in mind: Game of Thrones season 3 only represents half of the third novel in the Song of Ice and Fire saga, meaning that season 4 will (at least) cover the other fifty percent of the omitted text. While that doesn’t put the series on-track to tie things up by the end of season 8, it should give viewers fair warning that none of the events that began in season 3 have truly met their conclusions just yet. In other words, buckle up, because season four is going to be a wild ride- at least if Marshall has anything to do with it.


Season 4 of Game of Thrones will air in 2014 on HBO.

Source: Empire

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  1. Oh, I KNOW what’s it’s going to be. I was hoping for months now that they could get this guy back for the Battle at the Wall. :)


    • That would be incredible to see. Can’t wait if true.

      • Yeah, D+D said on a panel that the projected s4 finale would be huge. David said he was hoping HBO would let them have a much larger budget for it. I want Giants and Mammoths!


  2. From the picture alone it looks like Louis CK will be the director

  3. Just wish S4 could be out earlier than 2014,I know its gonna be meet the viewers expectation

  4. Just wish S4 could be out earlier than 2014,I know its going to be meet the viewers expectation

  5. I haven’t read R.R. Martin’s novel but the events of The Red Wedding made me seriously question my confidence in his story-writing prowess- that is if indeed the series is following his books. The whole idea of painstakingly making plots and developing interesting characters only to clear them all out in one clean swoop bugs the mind. A bit like sacrificing your queen with your first move in a game of chess. Besides attempting to shock the reader/viewer and show that no-one in GoT is indispensable (both of which they achieved), I don’t see why such interesting plot-lines should be cut short so abruptly. Not that I always expect the hero to live, mind…such is how things happen in reality… but it looked like poor writing to me. Creating so many threads, then ending many of the promising ones and then starting again with new ones. Like someone making up a story as they go along. Worrisome.

    Nevertheless, though my confidence was shaken, I want to believe that in the end everything will add up. That this carnage is a build up to something else.This season dragged on a bit with trivia and small talk filling up episodes unlike the previous seasons. I hope under the new director, the story with pick up speed. Unless they plan to milk the books dry and drag the tale for as long as fans are willing to watch. Kinda like How I Met Your Mother.

    • What you found worrisome and slow moving actually makes sense because as stated, season 3 was only the first half of book three.

      Things happen for a reason, all great writers know that and the Red Wedding was not only meant as a shock to readers/viewers, it also sets into motion events which I can’t speak of because like you, I haven’t read the books myself (but have read Wikipedia and have a general idea where things are going).

      Treat the exposition and the shocks in the writing like you did if you saw The Sixth Sense where the slightest thing could turn out to be a pretty huge clue into where things are heading.

  6. I haven’t read a synopsis of the book, @Dazz, probably because I want to keep the suspense. I just might if I have to wait till 2014 for the next season! I have faith in Martin to bring meaning to The Red Wedding. I guess my discomfort stems from the fact that I write as well. I have a book out at the moment. So like a driver who is being driven, you tend to press an imaginary brake once in a while when the car’s speeding towards a junction. Lol. You get the point. But I know I’m in good hands.

    • Yeah, that’s why I’m avoiding further spoilers and refusing to buy beyond the first two books until season 4 ends.

      I’m also a writer so that’s why I can appreciate what Martin has done so far with his characters.

  7. The two main event from the 2nd Half of “A Storm of Swords” (book 3) are going to be epic, and hiring Neil Marshall for his actions skills is a great thing for the events that are going to happen @ The Wall. But my expectations are more related to whats how they are going to show the mind blowing scene @ The Kingsland. ahhahh…

    Regarding the end of season 3 and the events @ the Red Weeding – u should just stay put and wait for what G.R.R.M got for the future….

  8. when game of trones season 4