The season four finale of Game of Thrones left all of the main characters in a very different place to where we found them at the beginning of that ten episode run. It seems fitting then that next year’s batch of directors will almost all be completely new to the small screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novels.
However, this has meant that there are some notable absences, and among them are Alex Graves (who directed a total of four episodes this year), Alan Taylor (who bowed out of season four because of Thor: The Dark World and now because of the new Terminator movie), Neil Marshall (who was nominated for an Emmy last week for “The Watchers on The Wall”), and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who previously directed an episode each.
One familiar face to the next season of Game of Thrones though is David Nutter, the man who directed the now infamous “Red Wedding” episode and is responsible for helming the pilots of Arrow and The Flash.
He’ll direct the final two episodes, while Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad) will be in charge of the first two. He’ll be followed by Mark Mylod (Shameless), Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire), and Miguel Sapochnik (House) and they too will direct two episodes in a row for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
The ninth episode is always considered to be the most crucial, so it will be interesting to see what Nutter brings to the table next year. How the new additions to the series will do remains to be seen…