Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

All-star directors include series veterans David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik, as well as series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Following the announcement that the final season of Game of Thrones will consist of only six episodes, HBO is ensuring that it’s a case of quality over quantity. The network has lined up some of the series’ most acclaimed directors for the final season, with directing duties split between Miguel Sapochnik, David Nutter and series creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss.

For those unfamiliar with the directors’ work, the group are collectively responsible for some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones previous seasons.

Warning: spoilers ahead.


David Nutter previously directed episodes including Season 3’s Mhysa and Season’s 5’s The Dance of Dragons, both of which focused heavily on Daenerys and her growing reasliszation of the challenges and responsibilities of leadership. Nutter also directed The Rains of CastermereGame of Thrones’ most notorious and shocking episode so far due to the monumental, series-altering events of the Red Wedding.

Watch David Nutter’s Game of Thrones episodes on Showmax:

Season 2, Episode 6: The Old Gods and The New

Season 2, Episode 7: A Man Without Honour

Season 3, Episode 9: The Rains of Castermere

Season 3, Episode 10: Mhysa

Season 5, Episode 9: The Dance of Dragons

Season 5, Episode 10: Mother's Mercy


Miguel Sapochnik has made a name for himself by directing episodes featuring some of Game of Thrones’ most epic battles, including Season 6’s Battle of the Bastards and the best battle sequence on the show to date in Season 5’s Hardhome. Proving that he has an eye for spectacle, he also directed the Season 6 finale The Winds of Winter, with it’s eye-catching destruction of the Great Sept.   

Watch Miguel Sapochnik’s Game of Thrones episodes on Showmax:

Season 5, Epsiode 7: The Gift

Season 5, Episode 8: Hardhome

Season 6, Episode 9: Battle of the Bastards

Season 6, Episode 10: The Winds of Winter


Series creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss have previously directed two episodes between them, Season 3’s Walk of Punishment and Season 4’s Two Swords respectively. While neither episode gives us much indication of what to expect from the multiple finales that the pair will be directing, the fact that they have been showrunners from the very beginning doubtlessly means that the final episode of Game of Thrones is in safe hands.

Watch David Benioff and D.B Weiss’s Game of Thrones episodes on Showmax:

Season 3, Episode 3: Walk of Punishment

Season 4, Episode 1: Two Swords