Shortly after concluding the critically-acclaimed seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO has already started working on the eighth and final season. The network recently announced the directors working on the upcoming final season. Longtime fans will likely recognize these names: Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed incredible episodes like “Hardhome” in Season 5, and “Battle of the Bastards” in Season 6; David Nutter, who spearheaded the infamous Red Wedding scene in “The Rains of Castamere,” and has directed scenes in three previous seasons; and David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show’s creators and executive producers.
While it’s still unclear who will supervise each of the season’s six episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “sources say Benioff and Weiss are directing the series finale.” This is the most logical choice, as both men play such a significant role in the show’s development, co-writing most of the episodes, and consulting with George R.R. Martin, who authored the original book series. In addition, Sapochnik and Nutter are solid returns from previous seasons after some well-deserved time off. With each episode expected to reach the length of a feature film, Season 8 will be the biggest challenge for “Game of Thrones” directors yet, but it certainly looks like they’re up to the challenge.
Although we haven’t heard the official word on when filming begins for Season 8, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) revealed in an interview with Collider , “we go back in October.” Production typically lasted six months for each of the previous seasons, including Season 7, which was delayed until more accurate weather conditions developed. If we factor in post-production time, we can project a Fall 2018 release for Season 8, however, “it’s possible that HBO decides to hold the final season for a splashier debut sometime in 2019.” All we can do as fans is wait patiently for the epic conclusion to a fantastic series.