Game Of Thrones Season 8: Full Directors List And HUGE Budget Revealed

The final season is going to be massive.

Red Wedding Game Of Thrones
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Just yesterday it was reported that Miguel Sapochnik was set to return to Game of Thrones for Season 8, thanks to a social media post from cinematographer Fabian Wagner.

Now it's been revealed the Battle of the Bastards director is indeed coming back, along with the rest of the list of directors for the final run of episodes. As reported by EW, Sapochnik is returning along with David Nutter, while showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are also going to helm an episode for the final year.

It's unclear how the lineup will work exactly, but it has been confirmed that Weiss and Benioff will direct the series finale. That's a common trend for prestige TV, with Vince Gilligan helming the finale of Breaking Bad, and Matthew Weiner the end of Mad Men, to give but two examples. They've only directed two episodes in the past - Season 3's Walk of Punishment and Season 4's Two Swords - and have one credit apiece, so it'll be interesting to see how this one gets worked out.

Sapochnik and Nutter both returning makes a lot of sense, since they're perhaps the show's two greatest directors. The Winds of Winter and The Rains of Castamere are, in my opinion, the two finest episodes of the series thus far - Sapochnik helmed the former; Nutter the latter.

Again, it's not known how many episodes they have, but EW's report states Sapochnik has two, maybe three, which would then make it likely Nutter has the other two, with D&D taking one.

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