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New featurette highlights the directors of season 4

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A new Game of Thrones video released today takes us behind the scenes with the directors of season 4. The latest featurette includes interviews with Neil Marshall, Michelle MacLaren, Alik Sakharov, and Alex Graves, sharing their thoughts on the show this year.

The video has loads of fresh footage from the coming season, so consider yourself warned for some spoilers - and enjoy!

Ours is the Fury: We’re able to pinpoint what episodes certain events will fall into, based on the directors they’re seen working with here, for those interested in a bit of sleuthing. Great video!

114 Comments

  • clk:
    Bank of Braavos in episode six or seven!

    Most likely in episode 6, The Laws of Gods and Men, a title that has a lot to do with Stannis.

  • Don’t read if u wanna be spoiled
    TYRION TRIAL IS EPISODE 6, I cannot wait for this scene, it will be powerful. … and great to see REEK looking more crazed

  • Sami,

    It’ll probably be day 2 or 3 of his trial, when he announces he wants a Trial-by-Combat and Oberyn reveals his intention to be his champion. It would explain why The Mountain would re-appear in 407, as he’ll be getting pumped up for the fight by slaughtering innocents (as the trailers and unofficial production photos imply). Then the big fight will take place in 408, most likely as an extended final act. So, here’s a basic presumptuous summary for Tyrion’s arc based on this speculation.

    1. Introduction to Oberyn
    2. PW
    3. Arrest
    4. 1st day of the trial
    5. 2nd day of the trial + Oberyn agrees to stand for him
    6. 3rd day of the trial
    7. Nothing
    8. Trial-by-Combat
    9. Nothing
    10. Escape

  • I wonder if Sakharovs episode Will suck as much as it did last Year. Let’s hope not.

    this is my BOOMSTICK! Now cast Mads Mikkelsen as Euron/blockquote>

  • Two weeks! Twitches like Tweek on South Park.

    I think I may go with full radio silence and try to get my mind off of it. Maybe a sensory deprivation chamber. Buried underground. On Mars.

  • Can’t wait for the Alex Graves episodes! “And Now His Watch Is Ended” and “Kissed by Fire”, both directed by him,were the best last year.
    2, 3, 8 and 10… 3 out of 4 are guaranteed amazing episodes!

  • Walter Harrow: I wish Alan Taylor was still directing (but the other directors are brilliant as well)

    Taylor has two feature films of his own right now.
    But I know what you mean.

    I notice David Benioff & D. B. Weiss were not in this.
    They have episode 1 of S4.
    Not that they are bad, but HBO has a stable of better directors.
    Just saying.

  • Boojam,

    They were actually pretty good in season 3. But that was their first time directing and this was their second… Experience tells all. And with the great directors the show has anyway, it would be impossible to give D&D the spotlight. Still, I liked episode 3 last season and look forward to liking the premiere this time!

  • Veltigar,

    The Climb not being the best wasn’t his fault though. The directors don’t write the scripts (except for D&D’s episode). I thought What Is Dead May Never Die in season 2 was quite well done.

  • clk:
    Bank of Braavos in episode six or seven!

    Nezzer: Most likely in episode 6, The Laws of Gods and Men, a title that has a lot to do with Stannis.

    Such a long time to wait until we see Mark Gatiss! }: |

  • Josh,

    The Climb was really good. Especially from a directing point of view. The only really bad thing in that episode is the cliche kiss on too the Wall at the very end with the silly zoom out.

  • Sorry but WTF with Burn Gorman already? Y’all reaching for something that isn’t there. He was filler. Anyone could have played his part. Maybe he will have more to do in future seasons that is fitting for his range/ability but give me a break already. Fanboys or no, Burn did not do anything in S3 to be so idolized.

  • Hand of the Kingslayer,

    I think they said in the 303 commentary that while only David got the credit for directing the episode, they both contributed equally, so Dan would get it this year. Does anyone remember if that was the case at the premiere of Two Swords? The only evidence I have to back this idea up is an non-sourced mention on Wikipedia.

  • Hand of the Kingslayer,

    Come on, he’s clearly talking about that meat substitute they make certain vegetarian products out of, Textured Vegetable Protein. That’s who he has in mind for a future director, a veggie sausage.

  • Rygar,

    Why so angry? He’s a talented actor and in my opinion he stole the entire Craster’s Keep scene.

    Edit: Along with Robert Pugh.

  • Carne,

    No, I’m not angry chap. I just find it odd that he has this cult following when he was basically fodder in that scene. Mormont and Rast, owned that scene. Not to mention Craster.

  • Nezzer,
    I hope they have some kind of inconclusive ending planned for Stannis in Braavos, then we don’t see him in 7 and 8, to make his appearance in 9 a cool surprise

  • Isabelle: Such a long time to wait until we see Mark Gatiss! }: |

    Was not expecting to see Tycho Nestoris until next season. No one has mentioned the other actor at the table with Gatiss…is that supposed to be Noho Dimittis if so wonder who plays him?

  • Ahh, I saw Tormund fighting at Castle Black. That’s going to be exciting! As for the Battle of the Blackwater: personally I was not impressed with the Blackwater scenes in the book, the show did better there IMO.

  • Boojam:

    Was not expecting to see Tycho Nestoris until next season. No one has mentioned the other actor at the table with Gatiss…is that supposed to be Noho Dimittis if so wonder who plays him?

    Hmm, I hadn’t thought they’d cast anyone else from Braavos, though could be wrong. Maybe the other person at the table was an extra serving as a sort of “placeholder” until they decide that they need another Iron Bank rep?

  • Loving Tormund’s new style for this season. T-shirt and trakkie bottoms – very chic.

    Such great directors on this show! And Pedro has some skills with that spear – good to see.

  • Veltigar:
    I wonder if Sakharovs episode Will suck as much as it did last Year. Let’s hope not.

    From a directorial point of view, S3E6 was solid. The action scenes climbing up the wall felt tense, even as a reader who knew what was going to happen. I think any faults in the episode have more to do with the script and not that much happening at that point in the season than with the director.

    Rygar: People are fans of Gorman for his work outside of Game of Thrones. They’re happy to see him here, even if it’s just a bit part. Their enthusiasm isn’t based on his performance in S3.

  • And also: I miss David Nutter, as I think he did amazing work not only with the Red Wedding but also with Season 2.

  • MRR,

    He was the best. I will never forget his shot of Roose Bolton climbing the battlements of the twins. He should have won that director guild award. Especially for the scenes at Dragonstone, the lighting and camerawork in the Stannis scenes.

  • Tatters:
    You are a bastard.
    A daughter fucking,
    wildling bastard.

    Burn!

    This.

    Burn nailed it.

    Just wish he had been there from the beginning.

  • MRR,

    I love the Climb for the Roose/Brienne/Jaime dinner alone. Bolton’s slight smile observing Brienne cutting Jaime’s meat. He realized the connection between them was much more. The creepy grace of his hand covering the chalice. “I do not partake.” His cold eyes and the mask of his face…fantastic stuff.

  • Veltigar: I wonder if Sakharovs episode Will suck as much as it did last Year. Let’s hope not

    I think The Climb was my favourite episode of last season.

  • I liked The Climb as well. Looking forward to his episodes.
    Poor Alfie! He has to be seeing a therapist to get through these scenes.
    Longest two weeks ever…

  • MRR,

    In an interview with the Huffington Post, David Nutter confirmed he would be taking a break for Season 4, citing the enormous time commitment to work on the show, but hoped to return for the fifth season.

  • Ah, Sakharov doing the Braavos stuff as I’d suspected. Ever since we knew that girls in Essos-looking garb and with the Essos-sounding name Lhara would be having a scene with Liam Cunningham in episode six, I’d suspected that for some reason Davos would end up overseas in the mid-season. Of course I never predicted the context with Iron Bank and whatnot, I assumed he would go seeking Saan and find him in Lys (hence the naked girls). But still I’m glad to know my vague predictions have been confirmed!

  • Please bring back Neil Marshall for season 5! He deserves to direct an episode that isn’t so action packed.

  • OT: As if we didn’t know already that GoT had changed the landscape of TV drama, one of the main characters in The Good Wife just bit the dust! Shocking but no RW. This may become THE device to jump start ratings.

  • Did anyone notice Jorah cautiously walking up the steps towards Dany on the throne in Meereen in the last few seconds? Might potentially be the scene where she learnt of his betrayal and is sending him to exile, which would be a pretty big event for her storyline in the last few episodes.

  • Aussie,

    Yes, we’ve scene that shot and variations on it a few times before in various behind the scenes footage. based on his body language and the look on everyone else’s faces, I think it’s safe to say that this is indeed Jorah’s exile I’m pretty sure this feature showed Alex Graves directing the scene. he has episodes 2, 3, 8, and 10, and I bet this is in the season finale. It’s sort of a perfect end-point for her character’s season arc. Although in the books this is before the goatherd scene, previous trailers have shown Jorah to be standing with her for that, so my guess is that it will actually act as a major catalyst for Jorah’s exile, either causing him to challenge her too much (leading to Barristan revealing the betrayal) or perhaps it will cause him to do something else that she deems a betrayal

  • falstaff,

    I hope the chaining of the dragons and Jorah’s betrayal are intercut. Powerful ending for a character who has, to this point, played the Game on easy mode.

  • Family, Duty, Hodor,

    Yes. Exactly. Only thing that could have made it even sweeter.

    3×04 is my favorite episode of the series, right now — and almost easily, too. Pop culture is going to remember 3×09 when it thinks of the third season, but it’s also going to remember the last few moments of 3×04; I’m of a mind all of “And Now His Watch Has Ended” is nearly pitch-perfect, and Burn Gorman helped make that possible.

    Oh, another vote on “The Climb” totally not sucking by the way. Then again I don’t think any episode has anywhere near sucked. If pressed to pick one to sentence to such a harsh term I would far sooner go with, say, 2×02.

  • Haha, dammit, I replied instead of quoting as intended. Doubtful you’ll know what I’m on about, so let me add that I was replying to how great Burn was in the mutiny scene last year and how as you said the only thing that would have made it better is if he’d been there from the start.

  • Rygar:
    Sorry but WTF with Burn Gorman already?Y’all reaching for something that isn’t there.He was filler.Anyone could have played his part.Maybe he will have more to do in future seasons that is fitting for his range/ability but give me a break already.Fanboys or no, Burn did not do anything in S3 to be so idolized.

    I’d never heard of the bugger before the show, nor did I know anything about him going into 3×04, and he still blew me away with that ridiculously good voice delivery, man.

  • Greenjones,

    Dammit, sucked me in! I have watched all the trailers multiple times, but have been avoiding all the other stuff…… Barriston about to show steel!!! DAMN!

    And, thank you :)

  • Ozymandias,

    It still makes me shake my head to see the North so green and no snow at Castle Black. There was more snow in season 1 than there was last season. Other than that my main take away from the video is Tormund vs Ser Alliser. Something has to give. I’m guessing Tormund gets the kill and Janos Slynt will have to find a new buddy. I still wonder what the hell they will do with Tormund.

  • I’m a big fan of Sakharov but his episodes last year were not so great. But I chalk it up to the fact that those episodes also appeared to be the weakest written of the season as well. I’m expecting big things from Sakharov this season, and hopefully he delivers.

  • Sister Wrister,

    Your welcome. All credit goes to the guy on Game of Thrones reddit who made the image of course. Not that I know his or her name.

    Ozymandias,

    Well, holy shit, now that is a juicy video. Hopefully though there’s an HD quality version by tomorrow when wicnet makes a post out of it.

    I hope neither Ser Alliser or Tormund die prematurely, they’re both great characters. Maybe Alliser could lose an arm and become even more of a composite character with Donal Noye.

  • Ozymandias,

    Also seems to confirm the trial by combat for the Alex Graves-directed episode eight. As many of us had thought and hoped for.

    BTW I love the “dis” and “dat” of Tommy Dunne accent.

  • Just finished listening to the Season 3 commentaries, and I really liked hearing from Michelle M, Alik S, and Alex Graves. Very glad they’re returning.

  • Ozymandias,

    Cool video, confirms a few things as well – namely that both battles at the wall (raiding party attacking from the south and main army attacking from the north) are going to take place at the same time. The NW are gonna be stretched pretty thin!

    Also Tormund VS Alliser looks awesome. We also know there’s gonna be Jon VS Karl so who is gonna be the one to take out Rast? He has to pay for betraying Mormont!

  • Doug,

    It’s hard to say, whether directing or writing (or something else) is to blame.

    Last year, Michelle MacLaren directed one of the best episodes (8-Second Sons) and one of the weakest (7-The Bear and the Maiden Fair… written by GRRM).

  • Hounded,

    We also caught a glimpse of wounded Sandor. We didn’t get a glimpse of exactly who he was fighting but it was where they had been shooting the Vale on volcanic Icelandic rock. We also saw Knights of the Vale. Does that mean that he was wounded fighting them?

  • Ugh, I can’t take anymore of these making-ofs, trailers, tv spots, etc. My anticipation is far past the boiling point and I’m seriously at fever pitch right now. And it’s still two weeks to go…

  • So Lord Ramsay is personally going to lead the defense against Yara’s warriors? I love it how they are making him more badass. I wonder how Yara will manage to escape her failed attack..

  • Nezzer,

    And all while he’s shirtless.

    I think they’ve set up the Ramsay hunting women motif for a reason. Perhaps they’ll capture Yara and intend to toy with her in this way, but being a resourceful young woman, she manages to escape.

  • Greenjones:
    Nezzer,

    And all while he’s shirtless.

    I think they’ve set up the Ramsay hunting women motif for a reason. Perhaps they’ll capture her and intend to toy with her in this way, but being a resourceful young woman, she manages to escape.

    Yeah, it’s gonna be awesome! Just gif’d his badassery: http://i.imgur.com/gEmUgqE.gif

  • Greenjones,

    Of course. :)

    I’ve been thinkin this since that first trailer showing Jorah approaching Dany’s newly claimed throne with her officers flanking her. I’m thinking this is pretty late in the season… Maybe they will foreshadow Jorah’s and Tyrion’s future storylines somehow...

  • Yara is going to attack the Dreadfort while Ramsay is being shaved, thats why hes topless during the confrontation. She`ll lose the fight and her ironborn men left behind will be the ones Theon convinces to give up. I guess im pretty sure thats how it ll work out.

  • SplinterIsComing,

    Or they retreat back to Moat Cailin. There has to be a siege of some sort, as the trailers depict lots of dead Boltons in a random marsh with ol’ Reek riding through.

    OT: I swear this season seems to be having about three times as many actions sequences as the others. Not complaining, though.

  • Rygar:
    Sorry but WTF with Burn Gorman already?Y’all reaching for something that isn’t there.He was filler.Anyone could have played his part.Maybe he will have more to do in future seasons that is fitting for his range/ability but give me a break already.Fanboys or no, Burn did not do anything in S3 to be so idolized.

    “You are a bastard. A daughter-fucking, wildling bastard.”

  • About Gorman: never knew the guy before GoT, haven’t seen him in anything else since. BUT. Since he seems to have a decent following, I thought they’d expand his role a bit by having him somehow survive the Night’s Watch raid on Craster’s Keep mutineers and taking on Bowen Marsh’s role. Now seeing that he gets to fight Jon, I think my hopes are dead.

  • SplinterIsComing:
    Yara is going to attack the Dreadfort while Ramsay is being shaved, thats why hes topless during the confrontation. She`ll lose the fight and her ironborn men left behind will be the ones Theon convinces to give up. I guess im pretty sure thats how it ll work out.

    Nope (re: shave). Here’s some spoilers provided from a poster on Westeros.

    Ramsey is shaved by Reek as a demonstration of how broken he is. Ramsey breaks the news to Reek that Robb is dead during this.

  • TVP I wouldn’t mind seeing him back once Boardwalk is finished, because he is killing it over there.

    GoT is one of the best directed shows on TV, a place where directors don’t always get to stretch their wings. But being a very writer focused and run medium, a good director can really only do so much with a poor script in the time they are given, and can elevate a good script to new heights. “The Climb” was well put together if a little under done on the script side. “Bear,” just felt like things kept getting moved about and the writing was half hearted, on both GRRM and D&D who would have done any rewrites.

  • Al Swearengen: Please bring back Neil Marshall for season 5! He deserves to direct an episode that isn’t so action packed.

    Well Blackwater had, time-wise (I think) more non-action scenes than battle time, or it may have been half and half?
    Now with a good teleplay (GRRM wrote most of it) and a set of veteran actors like that even Ed Wood (well maybe not!) could have done a good job.
    Knowing that Peter even improvised some.

    I will never forget Rory McCann’s farewell address!
    (McCann has been around in a lot of films , I just noticed him in Stone’s (fustercluck of a movie) Alexander. He is really good, and a funny man! He was at the Red Carpet, loved the Kilt, but seemed to have the shortest on camera interviews.

  • Fatio Corcyn:
    About Gorman: never knew the guy before GoT, haven’t seen him in anything else since. BUT. Since he seems to have a decent following, I thought they’d expand his role a bit by having him somehow survive the Night’s Watch raid on Craster’s Keep mutineers and taking on Bowen Marsh’s role. Now seeing that he gets to fight Jon, I think my hopes are dead.

    I’m not giving up entirely on this.

    Yeah, strongly possible that he’ll die during his duel with Jon, but I’d really like if he’d escape !

  • Ser Pounce:
    another awesome feature. Can’t wait for Clegane Bowl!! GET HYPE.

    Uhh, what? You can’t wait for something that may or may not even happen, and will be at least 2 seasons away?

  • Oz of Thrones:
    Rygar,

    Yessir… Another Mero fan has been identified. Cheers to you, Ser.

    Oz of Thrones,
    Another Mero/Mark Killeen fan here. He totally stole every scene he was in. He’s got it all – brawn, brains, swagger, arrogance, naughtiness, raw sex appeal, and great comedic timing and delivery. I wish they would have cast him as Daario. He and Dany would have had the spiciest sex scenes yet. When I saw him the first time, my reaction was identical to that lady’s reaction at 4:25 –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmMxNrmDNWY