'Game of Thrones' season 7 air date, spoilers: New leak reveals directors, five main characters reportedly present in one scene


The cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” are currently filming season 7 in Spain, and leaked photos and paparazzi shots hint that the epic first meeting between Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is about to take place in the upcoming season. Now, a new leak has revealed the director-episode lineup for season 7, which will give fans an idea of what to expect in each of the upcoming seven episodes of the new installment.

According to Watchers on the Wall, Jeremy Podeswa will be directing episode 1 and 7. Podeswa directed the controversial season 5 episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” which saw Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) being raped by Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) on their wedding night. He also directed the season 6 premiere “The Red Woman” which featured the stunning reveal of Melisandre’s (Carice van Houten) true face, and he was also the director who brought Jon Snow back to life in the next episode titled “Home.”

Mark Mylod will reportedly direct episodes 2 and 3. Mylod has directed several episodes for the HBO series, including season 6’s “No One” which saw Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) removing the Waif’s (Faye Marsay) face and telling Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha) that she is going home.

Matt Shakman will helm episodes 4 and 5 of the new season. This will mark Shakman’s directorial debut on “Game of Thrones,” but the director is no stranger to television as he has helmed episodes of several comedies and dramas including “House,” “Mad Men,” and “The Good Wife.”

Alan Taylor will be directing episode 6 of season 7. Taylor directed season 1 episode 9 “Baelor” and episode 10 “Fire and Blood.” The former made fans realize that not even a main character like Ned Stark (Sean Bean) is safe from death, while the latter saw the birth of Daenerys’ dragons. As Taylor will be directing the penultimate episode, there are speculations that a significant character might be killed off in season 7.

Meanwhile, it was reported that an upcoming scene in season 7 will feature five main characters. The website claims that in the massive Dragonpit scene, fans will see Cersei (Lena Headey), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys, and Jon Snow all together, along with Qyburn (Anton Lesser), Ser Gregor Clegane (Hafr Jlus Bjrnsson), Ser Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Ser Jorah (Iain Glenn), Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), Varys (Conleth Hill), Theon (Alfie Allen), Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham), Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman), and Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann). No other information was given as to which episode the scene will be in, but it looks like there could be a meeting or confrontation of sorts among the major players in the new installment.

“Game of Thrones” season 7 premieres in summer 2017 on HBO.