Frequent Game of Thrones director (and director of the inspirational short film Rising for the #LoveHasNoLabels campaign) David Nutter did a Reddit Ask Me Anything on Tuesday and teased some very vague morsels of information about Season 8, in which he's directing Episodes 1, 2 and 4. He previously directed some of the fantasy series' finest episodes, including "The Rains of Castamere," aka The Red Wedding and the Season 5 finale "Mother's Mercy," for which he won an Emmy.
Here are eight things we learned from David Nutter's AMA.
1. He's going to "make a splash" with the premiere. When asked how directing a premiere was different than directing other episodes, he answered, "I've never directed an opening episode of GOT before until Season 8 but I think it's really important to make a splash. You have to reset the table, put everyone back in their place, you have to take them to their next position. But you have to entertain. That's what's most important."
2. He's "completely satisfied" with how it ends. "I think that David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] did a tremendous job, and they took into consideration what the fans want, as well as what is right as far as storytelling is concerned," he wrote. "I guarantee there's going to be lots of surprises and shocking moments, but it's really very compelling stuff."
3. OPSEC Level: High. Security is always of utmost importance on Game of Thrones, but Season 8 took it farther than ever before. "Season 8 was a very very tight ship," he wrote. "It was limited viewing on many things. Not a lot of paper on the set, like none. No scripts were printed, we only used iPads and things of that nature."
4. So is there time travel? "I'll be the first to tell you that I have no time travel in my episodes," he wrote. "That's the only clue I'm going to give you." Now that's how you neither confirm nor deny.
5. There will be meetings and reunions. "[The final season] was a chance for a lot of characters to work together that hadn't worked together before," he wrote. "Or at least hadn't worked together in a long time. So there was a sense of discovery and appreciation. Everyone saw it was coming to an end so there was a real family sensibility to it knowing that it was about to end — lot of tears, lot of sadness but it was very special."
6. Each episode will cross the 60 minute mark. He won't confirm the rumor that Season 8's six episodes are feature length, but he will say that they're on the far side of an hour. "They'll be dancing around the bigger numbers, I know that for sure," he wrote.
7. Is there anything as shocking as the Red Wedding? "I just have to tell you - hang onto your seat cause it's going to be special," he wrote.
8. Season 8 in three words: "Spectacular, inspiring, satisfying."
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres April 2019 on HBO.