Game of Thrones week rolls on with a few exciting pieces of news today!
First, there was the announcement at Comic-Con that Sherlock writer and League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss would be joining the cast in Season 4. There was no mention of the character he would be playing but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume any talk of future plot points would be met by the online ire of the Spoiler-Stasi.
Taking a look behind the camera, the show’s director line-up for the coming season has also been announced. Now, even if you’re not that interested in the behind-the-scenes machinations of the show, there are a few interesting names in the list, not least of all the return of Neil Marshall. He’s the man behind the greatest horror film of the 2000s (The Descent) took the helm on season two’s epic Blackwater episode, who the producers apparently brought on for his ability to shoot large action scenes quickly and cost-effectively. Those are 2 qualities that are valued above all else in a television director.
Here’s the full list of shot-callers for Season 4:
Episode 1: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Episodes 2, 3, 8, 10: Alex Graves
Episodes 4, 5: Michelle MacLaren
Episodes 6, 7: Alik Sakharov
Episodes 9: Neil Marshall
Show-runners and head writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are making their directorial debut with the first episode, which is not unusual for television dramas. West Wing veteran Alex Graves is taking the lion’s share of the directing duties with a four episode slate but we’re also utterly excited about the return of Michelle McLaren. Having just finished shooting her very final season as directing producer of Breaking Bad, McLaren will be adding to her 2 episodes of Game of Thrones with another couple of mid-season entries.
The majority of these episodes will be written by Benioff and Weiss, with novelist George R.R. Martin contributing a single episode as he has done for the past few seasons. Although bearing in mind that Martin still has 2 novels left to publish before the show catches up, he should probably stop dicking around in Hollywood and return to his writing cave.