UPDATE: Neil Marshall returns for Game of Thrones Season 4

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In a recent article on Empire Online, it has been revealed that award-winning director Neil Marshall will be taking the director’s chair for the “violent finale” of Game of Thrones’ 4th season.

Fans of the show will know that Marshall directed the acclaimed Blackwater episode in season 2. Considered one of the best episodes to date due to a combination of many aspects, including the direction and writing, this news bodes well for next season.

              WARNING: SPOILERS

According to Empire’s source, the episode takes place “at the Wall, with Mance Rayder”. The article continues to elaborate on what this may entail, quite accurately. It seems that – both from the source’s short quote and Empire’s opinion on their source – the Battle of Castle Black, or indeed some significant element of the siege of the Wall, will take place during this episode. Obviously, it remains to be seen whether the episode will comprise solely of the events surrounding the Wall, as Blackwater did with King’s Landing. Personally, I am quite skeptical that the episode will deal exclusively with the events at the Wall, if indeed it does end up being the season finale. It may be entirely possible that this is a case of misinformation, and Marshall is directing the penultimate episode of the season. However, this is purely speculation at this point.

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“Rain fire on them.”

Marshall was capable of directing a truly great episode on extremely short notice for season 2. This year, he has clearly been given plenty of time to reflect, and hopefully this will result in an episode of equal or better quality than Blackwater. All of this should be taken with a pinch of salt, as there has been no official word on the matter as of yet. We will provide more news when we have it, but for the moment, why not sit back and enjoy Blackwater again!

UPDATE 7/10: Variety has confirmed that Marshall will  in fact be directing episode 9 of season 4.

HBO and “Game of Thrones” are making it clear that it is not necessarily the finale of the season that will have everyone talking but the next-to-last episode, and it looks like they are preparing to follow through in the upcoming fourth season.

“Centurion” director Neil Marshall, who helmed the “Blackwater” episode 9 in the second season, is returning to helm episode nine for season four.

As previously stated, it seems very likely that the episode Marshall is helming will include a major battle sequence. We will report more on this subject when we have news.

Game of Thrones season 4 will premiere in spring of 2014.  We’ll provide an exact air date here when we have it.

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