David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Will Reportedly Direct the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will reportedly direct the series finale of the show.
This news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, which on Tuesday released a new report on the directors of Game of Thrones Season 8. They note that HBO has hired Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter, but in addition, Benioff and Weiss themselves will be helming the final episode of the series. This fits in the tradition of TV series creators getting behind the camera for the finale.
The series finale of Game of Thrones will be only the second time that Benioff and Weiss have directed an episode of the show. In Season 3, David Benioff directed “Walk of Punishment,” the episode that memorably ends with Jaime Lannister losing his hand. In Season 4, D.B. Weiss directed “Two Swords,” the season premiere that features Arya and The Hound laying waste to soldiers in an inn after The Hound declares his intention to eat every chicken in the place.
Neither Benioff nor Weiss has directed an episode since Season 4. They have also never directed an episode that was particularly big, with neither of their outings containing any huge setpieces on par with something like the loot train attack or the Battle of Blackwater Bay. This suggests either that the Game of Thrones series finale won’t actually be that huge, instead focusing on picking up the pieces after the climax, or that Benioff and Weiss are really challenging themselves by taking this episode on.
HBO has also hired Miguel Sapochnik for Season 8, though, and he’s a director known for delivering the spectacle. He directed “Hardhome,” the Season 5 episode that ends with a memorable White Walker battle, and he also directed Season 6’s “The Battle of the Bastards.” Plus, David Nutter has been hired for Season 8, and he’s known for episodes like Season 3’s “The Rains of Castamere,” also known as the Red Wedding episode. It would be a bit surprising to not give the big climatic battle to one of these men given their history, which fits with the theory that the series finale will be a bit more talky and less focused on action.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Miguel Sapochnik will direct two or three episodes of Game of Thrones‘ six-episode final season, potentially suggesting that those are the action-heavy episodes that will depict the big climatic battle of the series.
Game of Thrones Season 8 does not yet have an air date, but it’s currently expected in early 2019.