There are few Game of Thrones directors with a repertoire as impressive as Miguel Sapochnik’s — he directed the low-key yet great “The Gift”, followed by the instant classics that were “Hardhome”, “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter”. He had great material to work with, of course, but that’s still an unbelievable track record. Well, it appears we’re in luck: a Game of Thrones cinematographer may have just revealed that, as so many us wished, Sapochnik is back for the eighth and final season.
In his Instagram account, cinematographer Fabian Wagner has shared a photo of himself, assistant Caroline Alderson, VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, VFX producer Steve Kullback and director Miguel Sapochnik during filming of the Battle of the Bastards. The photo isn’t new, but the text implies the same team has returned for the eighth season: “Back on Game of Thrones for prep of the final season and the team is back together.”
Wagner has worked as Sapochnik’s cinematographer for all his four Game of Thrones episodes, as well as those of Alik Sakharov. This may not be an official confirmation from HBO, but it’s as close as it gets otherwise. Let’s not get too excited in case this turns out to be a misunderstanding … but let’s get a little excited, at the very least, because Wagner’s comments appear to point to one conclusion: Miguel Sapochnik is back!