The ending of Game of Thrones season 4 is still fresh in many minds, but already the work is beginning on the next season of the HBO series. And while fans debate about how long it'll take for the TV show to catch up with the published books, those behind the show haven't been afraid to play with expectations and present events differently from how author George R.R. Martin originally intended.
That risk taking has clearly paid off, considering the series has earned itself a total of 19 Emmy award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a pair of Best Supporting nominations for Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey. And when Game of Thrones comes to San Diego Comic-Con next week it won't be to promote an upcoming release, but rather to toast another smashingly successful season with fans jam-packed into Hall H.
One way in which Game of Thrones season 4 did not take too many risks was the choice of directors. Perhaps it was because whatever season followed "The Red Wedding" needed to a solid one, but the series stuck with familiar talent like Alex Graves and Neil Marshall. Even showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were responsible for directing an episode each of season 4.
While season 4 utilized a lot of directors familiar with Game of Thrones, the next season will feature five different directors, only one of whom has worked on the show before: season 3's David Nutter ("The Rains of Castamere"). The other four - while not unfamiliar with helming popular television dramas ranging from Breaking Bad to Boardwalk Empire - are completely new to Game of Thrones.
Check out the complete list of Game of Thrones season 5 directors below:
- Episodes 501 and 502: Michael Slovis (episodes of Breaking Bad)
- Episodes 503 and 504: Mark Mylod (episodes of Shameless and Entourage)
- Episodes 505 and 506: Jeremy Podeswa (episodes of Boardwalk Empire and The Tudors)
- Episodes 507 and 508: Miguel Sapochnik (episodes of House and Fringe)
- Episodes 509 and 510: David Nutter ('The Rains of Castamere')
The decision to go with a few new directors this season could be due to a variety of reasons, like the series' veterans needing a year off or to help keep the show from growing stale. Yet, for those who have read the books (or perhaps TV viewers with exceptionally keen eyes), another possible reason is that Game of Thrones season 5 will feature big changes.
As the TV series slowly gets closer to where Martin has currently left off in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, new characters and locations are introduced, altering the political and geographical landscapes. Plus, characters we've been following from the very beginning will embark on entirely unexpected journeys, and to take them there it appears Game of Thrones has chosen new blood.
It's also interesting to note that each director has been given two concurrent episodes, which could imply some kind of link between each pair a director handles. Not that every director will be necessarily helming a two-parter, but that major themes or events could overlap between the two.
Tying everything together next season will be Nutter, who last worked on Game of Thrones in season 3 where he delivered what's easily still considered to be the show's most shocking episode - "The Rains of Castamere." Bringing back a director like Nutter only indicates that whatever Game of Thrones season 5 has planned for its penultimate and final episodes will surely leave viewers absolutely stunned.
How do you feel about the decision to use almost entirely new-to-the-series directors for Game of Thrones season 5? Is this a signal of the changes to come? Sound off in the comments below!
Game of Thrones will return for season 5 in 2015 on HBO.
Source: Entertainment Weekly