WARNING: This article may contain spoilers.
Season 6 of Game of Thrones came to an explosive end last Sunday but we're already starting to get details about the future of the show. Series veterans are returning, but the "The Winds of Winter" and "Battle of the Bastards" director won't be back for Season 7.
Show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed in an interview with Deadline after "The Winds of Winter" aired that there are only two more seasons left of the popular fantasy series. Rumors have been circulating for some time about just how many episodes are left.
There still hasn't been an official announcement from HBO regarding the number of remaining episodes, however Benioff stated that they both envisioned the story taking place over "70–75 hours" but are currently aiming for 73 hours. This means there are probably only 13 more episodes in total.
Entertainment Weekly reported that HBO has officially announced who will be helming the upcoming season. Four directors have signed on for Season 7:
After a four-year break from TV directing Thor: The Dark World and Terminator: Genisys, Taylor is returning to the series. He has six Game of Thrones credits to his name including "Baelor," the penultimate episode of Season 1 that brought the death of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). He won a Emmy in 2007 for directing an episode of The Sopranos.
Previously nominated for an Emmy directing "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken," Podeswa helmed the first two episodes of the latest series including the resurrection of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) in "Home." Previous TV credits include Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and True Detective.
Another returning director from Season 6, Mylod oversaw the return of the Hound (Rory McCann) in "The Broken Man." He's known for his work on Shameless and Entourage.
The only person on the list who hasn't directed an episode of the show before. Shakman's previous credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo and House.
No further details have been given regarding how many episodes they'll each be directing, but it is a departure from the recent arrangement of five directors taking on two episodes each in recent years.
Notably absent from the list is Miguel Sapochnik, director of the three critically acclaimed episodes "Hardhome," "Battle of the Bastards" and "The Winds of Winter."
Check out the promo for "The Winds of Winter" below:
Other previous directors absent from the list include David Nutter ("Mother's Mercy," "The Rains of Castamere") and Alex Graves ("The Children," "The Mountain and the Viper").
Directors come and go, so this doesn't mean that Sapochnik and others won't be returning for the show's final season but it's definitely disappointing news for fans of his work.