For the hard-core fans: Here’s who is directing each episode of Game of Thrones season 4.
One notable name is Neil Marshall (The Descent), who helmed season 2′s pivotal Battle of the Blackwater episode. Fans should also keep an eye on The West Wing Emmy-winner Alex Graves, who really impressed last season with his two episodes, one of which included a stunning sequence where Daenerys unleashed her dragon on a slave city. This time Graves is doing four episodes. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will also take on another episode this season. Absent this round: The director of the Red Wedding episode, the always in-demand David Nutter (I’ll be surprised if Thursday’s Emmy nominations do not include his name).
Once again, Benioff and Weiss will write most of the episodes, with A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin contributing one episode and co-producer Bryan Cogman doing two episodes this year.
Here’s the lineup:
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
Game of Thrones will return to Comic-Con this Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Hall H. I’ll be there covering the panel, and we’ll also sit down with the showrunners and cast for our Comic-Con interview series, which will be streaming on the EW.com homepage starting Thursday.