There’s a fair while to go before the Starks, White Walkers and Lannisters grace our screens again in Game of Thrones season 8– But there’s some exciting news none the less.

The season is to be directed by two of the shows most successful directors– Episodes 1, 2, and 4 will be directed by The Winds of Castamere (aka the Red Wedding) director David Nutter.

Meanwhile, episodes 3 and 5 are placed in the highly capable hands of Miguel Sapochnik, the mastermind behind the Battle of the Bastards. The sixth episode, the season finale, will be helmed by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss themselves.

So, what does that mean? For one thing, Sapochnik’s speciality when it comes to Thrones is centred on epic, large-scale battles. As well as Battle of the Bastards, he’s also directed the battle-heavy Hardhome and the awesome Game of Thrones season 6 finale The Winds of Winter; widely regarded as one of the finest Thrones episodes ever.

So we should ring fence episodes 3 and 5 as potentially involving something very, very exciting indeed.

Nutter, though, is no stranger himself when it comes to directing moments that left you gasping. The Red Wedding, of course, but also episodes that included Cersei’s walk of shame in season 5, and the season 3 finale involving Reek’s manhood.. or lack there of.

That leaves the season finale. It’s no surprise to see the showrunners in charge of that one, it’s pretty commonplace elsewhere in television, and it’ll be the first episode directed by either man since the season 4 premiere. They’ll have the final say on all things Thrones, but Nutter and Sapochnik’s act will surely be tough ones to follow, and it ensures every episode will be utterly brilliant.

As we say, there’s a long time to wait but its shaping up to be worth it!