The official roster of directors for Game of Thrones season 8 has been unveiled and includes some fan-favorites from seasons past. With HBO preparing to lose the jewel in its TV crown when Thrones season 8 airs, those who have stuck with fantasy frolic can rest easy that the final season promises to be the best yet. With only a handful of dragons and duels left before the show reaches its end, at least we now know who will be seeing the series through to its (no doubt, violent) conclusion.
Following on from the already-abridged seventh season, it looks like HBO's final run of six episodes is pulling out the cream of the directorial crop to wrap up the "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga on the small screen. As the Army of the Undead finally breaches the Wall and winter falls on the realm, all bets are off on who (or what) will be sitting on the Iron Throne after Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6 premieres.
Hot off the heels of the news that "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" alumni Miguel Sapochnik will return to direct an episode in season 8, the other lucky television talents for Game of Thrones' final season have been revealed. As confirmed by THR, the last season of the show will be in the very capable hands of Sapochnik, David Nutter, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss themselves.
Sapochnik's credentials have already been mentioned, but for those who don't know, Nutter has helped on six of the past 67 episodes. As well as being the director behind the season 3 finale, Nutter's most notable achievement is as the man who masterminded the brutal Red Wedding in "The Rains of Castamere". Elsewhere, he was responsible for two episodes in the action-packed season 5, and can put his name to "Mother's Mercy". Not only was this the episode that saw Cersei Lannister's controversial shame walk, it also saw the passing of Stannis Baratheon and the (temporary) death of Jon Snow under the Night's Watch.
Finally - and needing no introduction - who else could be better to round off Game of Thrones than Benioff and Weiss? Over eight seasons and 73 episodes, the duo has taken viewers right across the Seven Kingdoms to give us some of the best television to ever grace the modern age. While it's not yet clear who exactly will be directing which episode, it seems that Benioff and Weiss will be handling the final episode of the show on their own. Given that the pair are bowing out after season 8 and will not involved with any of the Game of Thrones spinoffs that are currently in development, the last ever episode of Game of Thrones will likely be one for the ages.
As production begins on season 8 and fans settle in for a long winter, it looks like the final season of Game of Thrones will be crawling toward us about as fast as the White Walkers made their move from Hardhome. With a possible wait until 2019, at least fans can rejoice that Games of Thrones has the best possible experts onboard to steer the show to its final destination.
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres in either late 2018 or early 2019