We know the White Walkers, led by the nefarious Night’s King, are ever-encroaching upon Westeros, but in Game of Thrones Season 7, the Night’s King will not only be raising his arms and looking creepy. He cometh.
We recently reported the rumored director line-up for Game of Thrones Season 7, which contained one intriguingly oddball name along with its veterans: newcomer Matt Shakman, who is best known for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It is now confirmed: Shakman will indeed be directing the fourth and fifth episodes in the seven-episode Season 7. Yes Game of Thrones fans, this means that while Cleganebowl remains disappointingly cancelled, the Night’s King Cometh to Season 7.
If you’re not familiar with It’s Always Sunny, one of its most iconic episodes — helmed by Shakman — is a depraved musical involving trolls, karate, incest, and ‘80s power ballads called “The Nightman Cometh.” Complete with spandex suits and truly catchy dance numbers, it’s no wonder the show’s cast later took it on tour as a live theater production. As GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are longtime fans of It’s Always Sunny, even penning an episode themselves, this development is a longtime coming.
The other confirmed Season 7 directors, as we broke down, include Jeremy Podeswa, who previously handled Sansa’s controversial rape and Jon’s fervently anticipated resurrection; Mark Mylod, who handled Ian “Tits & Dragons” McShane’s guest appearance; and Alan Taylor, who helmed the OG Episode 9 and beheaded Ned Stark. Taylor is returning to the show after a four-season long hiatus to helm Season 7’s penultimate episode, which can only be a good sign.
But forget all that — most importantly of all, the Night’s King Cometh to Game of Thrones.
Naturally Shakman has other tricks up his sleeve and we can’t expect the fourth and fifth episodes to be depraved Game of Thrones musicals … but on the other hand, who are we kidding. With Cleganebowl gone, we have to have our fun another way. Get hyped for the Night’s King Cometh … or at least a storm of memes along those lines.
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