Game of Thrones fans are still flying blind when it comes to the number of episodes remaining in the series, but with Season 7 production already gearing up, our first directors have arrived. Not only will fan-favorite Alan Taylor return to the fold, but also the fulltime influence of costume designer Michele Clapton, and more!

Entertainment Weekly revealed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will feature only four directors (all of them male, blerg), likely a sign we can expect the reduced episode order after all. Alan Taylor will return to direct episodes, having spent time away with Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys, along with “Home” helmer Jeremy Podeswa, “Broken Man” and “No One” director Mark Mylod, and Always Sunny / Fargo newcomer Matt Shakman.

Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik will unfortunately sit out, as will “The Door” visionary Jack Bender, though Season 7 will at least feature costume designer Michele Clapton returning from a Season 5-6 absence. Clapton even put in a bit of work with the sixth season, including Cersei’s beloved black finale dress.

Says showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff:

We were thrilled to have Michele Clapton back for both the ninth and 10th episodes of this season, and for season 7 and beyond. From the beginning, her brilliantly groundbreaking work has been so central to the look and feel of the show. Cersei’s costumes for the season 6 finale are the best we’ve ever had and we can’t wait to see what the incredibly talented Michele comes up with next year.

We’ll likely get an answer on the episode numbers of Seasons 7 and 8 soon, but what will Game of Thrones Season 7's returning talent bring?

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