HBO's Game of Thrones has gone from strength to strength since the first season took primetime television by storm back in 2011, with the finale of the show's latest run bringing in a series-record 8.9 million viewers. It's already deeply ingrained in pop culture and will undoubtedly define the current generation of television, and this is testament not only to a talented author in George R. R. Martin, but to those who adapted his work for the screen.
David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have come in for some criticism from certain sections of the A Song Of Ice And Fire crowd, though their commitment to realising Martin's epic has not gone unnoticed at the Emmys. The showrunning duo are the current holders of the award for Outstanding Drama Series, and they weren't the only Game Of Thrones winners at the last ceremony.
Another reigning Emmy champion is director David Nutter, who triumphed in the Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series category with his season 5 finale Mother's Mercy. Two of his fellow Game Of Thrones directors are in contention to take the winged statue away from him this year - Jack Bender for his tear-jerking episode The Door, and Miguel Sapochnik for the epic Battle Of The Bastards.
It stands to reason that a show of Game of Thrones' magnitude should employ the best in the industry, and when it comes to directors that is clearly the case. The small-screen credentials of the show's many helmers speak for themselves, though a good television director doesn't always make a good feature film director, as the following examples prove beyond doubt.