Jon Snow in Game of Thrones Season 5 Hardhome episode

Do you miss “Game of Thrones” after its Season 5 finale? Its return with Season 6 might be nine-ish months away, but fortunately news from the series’ production is already being released.

Filming on Season 6 will begin in July, and fans now know the five people who will be directing the episodes. Entertainment Weekly revealed the list, which includes two newcomers and, for the second year in a row, no female directors. (Michelle MacLaren is the only woman who’s been behind the camera on “Game of Thrones,” directing two episodes apiece in Season 3 and Season 4.)

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The new names include “The Americans'” Daniel Sackheim, who will direct episodes 3 and 4, and “Lost” alum Jack Bender, who will direct episodes 5 and 6. Returning faces were all newcomers in Season 5: Jeremy Podeswa, who will direct the premiere and episode 2; Mark Mylod, who will direct episodes 6 and 7; and, notably, “Hardhome” helmer Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct episode 9 and the finale.

“Hardhome” is arguably the best episode of Season 5, and a huge part of that is thanks to Sapochnik’s execution of Jon Snow’s arrival at Hardhome and the later attack from the Night’s King and White Walkers. That was the most time-consuming and costly sequence “Game of Thrones” has ever shot, and it paid off in terms of its reception and story implications. If Sapochnik is coming back for the last two episodes of Season 6, there should be at least a few epic action scenes so he can play to his strengths. He also directed episode 7, “The Gift.”

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Podeswa directed the fifth and sixth episodes: “Kill the Boy” and “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” respectively. If “Hardhome” was the most well-received episode of the season, then “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” was the most controversial. It featured the scene in which Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) gets raped by her new husband Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) in front of her family’s former ward Theon (Alfie Allen).

Mylod, meanwhile, directed the third and fourth episodes: “High Sparrow” and “Sons of the Harpy.”

“Game of Thrones” fans likely won’t need to wait longer for new news from the season, as the series is heading to San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 10. If HBO follows the trend its done in years past, that’s when it will announce new cast members for Season 6.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz