Though audiences will need to wait until next spring before they can return to Westeros, production on the hit HBO series never ceases. Filming is expected to begin soon on Game of Thrones season 6 and as usual it will take the show's cast and crew all over the world - from Ireland to Spain to Croatia.
Already we've learned of several characters the series is looking to cast for next season (as well as a leaked scene from one of those casting sessions). Yet, even with all we learn there's really no telling just what Game of Thrones has in store for next season. The show has for the most part caught up with where George R.R. Martin left off in the novels, though we do have a few predictions about what might happen next season.
Today, EW has a little more information about Game of Thrones in the form of its official list of directors for season 6. Three are returning from season 5, while two are newcomers to the series, but all have years of experience working behind the camera. Here's the rundown of season 6 directors:
- Jeremy Podeswa (Episodes 1 & 2); previously directed "Kill the Boy" & "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"
- Daniel Sackheim (Episodes 3 & 4)
- Jack Bender (Episodes 5 & 6)
- Mark Mylod (Episodes 7 & 8); previously directed "High Sparrow" & "Sons of the Harpy"
- Miguel Sapochnik (Episodes 9 &10); previously directed "The Gift" & "Hardhome"
Daniel Sackheim and Jack Bender may be new to Game of Thrones, but both boast plenty of television credits. Sackheim most recently directed six episodes of FX's The Americans and has worked in television since the 1980s Miami Vice. More recently he's directed episodes of The X-Files, Lie to Me, and House. Bender is alum of the hit series Lost (having directing 38 episodes throughout its run), but he's recently directed episodes of CBS’ Under the Dome, TNT’s The Last Ship and Fox’s Alcatraz.
You'll also notice that season 6 is following the same pattern Game of Thrones used last season, where one director will helm two consecutive episodes. And while an argument could be made that this decision comes from some thematic reasoning, it's actually due to the logistics of filming such a massive and sprawling series. This way a director is on the job for a large, concurrent block of time instead of needing to repeatedly return to shoot all the required scenes for their episodes.
Most notable, however, is the return of "Hardhome" director Miguel Sapochnik for season 6's two final episodes. By far, episode 8 was the standout of season 5, featuring the series' most expensive and epic battle yet. Obviously, this is leading many to believe that one of these episodes could feature either a battle or some scene on the scale of what we saw in "Hardhome". But again, without knowing what happens in the sixth book of the series, "The Winds of Winter" (which season 6 is expected to draw from heavily), it's hard to predict just what will happen in those final episodes.
Do you like this line-up of directors for Game of Thrones season 6? What do you make of Sapochnik returning for episodes 9 and 10?
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in spring 2016.