It has not been a month since Game of Thrones ended its record-breaking season 6 with its pivotal ?The Winds of Winter? episode, but fans are lapping up every single news item about Game of Thrones?Season 7 in cyberspace like crazy.
HBO has yet to confirm if the plans of show runners Daniel ?D. B.? Weiss and David Benioff to shorten the next two seasons will push through or not. The only sure news about GoT at this writing is the one about the directors.
HBO recently announced the names of the directors who will helm the episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7. They are Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman, who is a newcomer to the hit series.
Entertainment Weekly lists down the credentials of the Season 7 directors:
?? Alan Taylor: An Emmy-winning veteran of The Sopranos, Taylor helped pioneer the visual storytelling style of the show when he helmed the pivotal ninth and 10th episodes of season 1, particularly ?Baelor? (the episode where Ned Stark was executed). The Thrones producers were so impressed they gave Taylor four episodes to helm in season 2 ? including the premiere and the finale. Then Marvel snatched him up for Thor: The Dark World followed by Taylor reuniting with Emilia Clarke to direct her big-screen role in Terminator: Genisys. Now he?s back on Thrones for the first time since 2012.
?? Jeremy Podeswa: The Canadian director and Boardwalk Empire veteran scored an Emmy nomination for directing the show?s most controversial hour, season 5?s darkly tense ?Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.? This year he directed the propulsive season premiere as well as Jon Snow?s riveting resurrection episode, ?Home.?
?? Mark Mylod: A four-time director on the show, the British veteran of Showtime?s Shameless and HBO?s Entourage took on this season?s uniquely textured re-introduction of the The Hound in ?The Broken Man,? as well as Arya?s exciting chase sequence in ?No One.?
?? Matt Shakman: A newcomer to the series. Shakman is best known for his work on FX?s It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a comedy loved by Benioff and Weiss (the showrunners even wrote an episode, ?Flowers for Charlie,? although it?s not one of the 39 episodes Shakman has directed). Shakman has also helmed episodes of AMC?s Mad Men, CBS? The Good Wife and FX?s Fargo.?
In the same interview, Benioff and Weiss say that Daenerys Targaryen reaching Westeros signals the beginning of the end of the show.
The EW report contained this bit:
?Once she gets on those ships and crosses West, that?s when the clock on the end game starts ticking,? Weiss says. ?The question has been: When is she going to get back across the Narrow Sea? When is she going to take back her homeland? It?s been a long time for her, and it?s been something that?s such an imperative for people watching. You know she?s not going to go there for a beach vacation.?
Quips Benioff: ?Beach vacations are way better in Essos.?
?She summers in Essos,? concedes Weiss. ?But when she gets back to Westeros, it?s on. Her return is the first domino.??
There you have it. Game of Thrones would most likely have 13 episodes (more or less) in the next two seasons, before it bows out of the airwaves.
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