There's been all sorts of speculation about the fate of Jon Snow (is he really dead or will he come back to life?) and we've been promised some massive dragons but the latest exciting news to be revealed is the list of directors for each episode.
There are two new names on the line-up including Lost's Jack Bender, as well as three Thrones favourites, namely Miguel Sapochnik, whose "Hardhome" episode proved arguably the best of last series.
Each director is on board to helm two episodes each and the plan is laid out below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Don't expect any hints from this lot though - they'll likely be banned from sharing any upcoming plot details.
Episodes 1 & 2 - Jeremy Podeswa
Podeswa from Boardwalk Empire and Tudors directed two season five episodes - "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" (the one with Sansa's horrific rape) and "Kill The Boy". So expect drama by the bucket-load for the start of season six.
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
Episodes 3 & 4 - Daniel Sackheim
Sackheim is a newbie but he's far from inexperienced. He was an associate producer on Miami Vice in the Eighties and has directed episodes for The X-Files, House and most recently The Americans.
Episodes 5 & 6 - Jack Bender
Bender is another newcomer but after directing 38 episodes of ABC hit Lost, it's safe to say that Thrones is in safe hands.
Episodes 7 & 8 - Mark Mylod
Mylod is known for the likes of Showtime and Entourage as well as directing two season five episodes - "High Sparrow" and "Sons of the Harpy".
Episodes 9 & 10 - Miguel Sapochnik
Sapochnik's 20-minute long epic "Battle of Hardhome" last season has been praised as the best episode of season five, and rightly so - it did take a "solid month" to film after all. He directed "The Gift" too. It's sounding likely that they'll be another awesome battle lined-up for the finale but we'll just have to wait and see.
Thrones has now caught up with George RR Martin's novels and it remains to be seen whether his sixth book The Winds of Winter will be out ahead of season six. It is looking probable that the TV series will expand beyond Martin's material.Reuse content