'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 to cost $15M per episode

Posted September 28, 2017

The final season of "Game of Thrones" will be six episodes, and as of now HBO has not confirmed how many episodes each director will get nor the order in which their episodes will go. With twists and turns around every corner of the HBO fantasy series" storytelling, there's never the opportunity to relax when watching the show, which has no problem in dishing out tragic plot turns, as many discovered in the now infamous season 3 episode, "The Red Wedding'.

In addition to Benioff and Weiss directing the finale, Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter are the other two directors who will handle the last handful of episodes for "Game of Thrones". Benioff and Weiss have barely stepped behind the camera, directing only two episodes throughout the series' entire run but it appears that the duo will take the reigns for the final episodes. The duo have only directed one episode of the series, Season 4's opener "Two Swords" (which was credited to Weiss per DGA rules stating no co-directing credits), but they are a constant on-set presence as they write all of the scripts before filming begins, so it's not like they're new to this.

To continue the trend of older directors returning to Westeros, David Nutter is on the list. Since GoT episodes typically tend to hover around 50 minutes - with the occasional much-longer exception - it makes sense that the final episodes, which are about 50 percent longer, would also be 50 percent more expensive.

Sapochnik is well-regarded as one of the best battle directors in the business, and while season seven had some incredible scenes, it certainly could have done with some assistance from the British director. Though he had done some Fringe and House episodes, it wasn't until he came aboard for Season 5 to direct episodes 7 and 8 that everyone heard of him.

It's unclear who will direct which episodes for Season 8.

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According to reports, more than $15 million (£11.2 million) will be spent on the final six instalments of the hit HBO show.

Despite the lack of information regarding the final season of Game of Thrones, season 7 offered plenty of clues.

We know that giants are a big-ticket item, because back in Season 6, "Battle of the Bastards" director Miguel Sapochnik told Business Insider he had to make a budgetary choice for that episode: include Wun-Wun or Jon Snow's direwolf, Ghost. People praise Game of Thrones for its cinematic aesthetic and "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" are two major reasons why.

According to Entertainment Weekly, sources say Sapochnik will helm two, possibly three of the final six episodes, but it's now unclear how directorial duties will be split.

What is certain is which episode Benioff and Weiss will take on.

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