The shortened run of Game of Thrones Season 7 still managed several standout hours, but nonetheless lacked some visual flair from seasons past. That may change for the eighth and final run, as fan-favorite “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards” director Miguel Sapochnik may make a long-awaited return.

Even as HBO has yet to declare any official directors for the eighth and final season, cinematographer Fabian Wagner seemingly implied over Instagram (h/t Watchers on the Wall) that Sapochnik was back to working on the final season, along with Caroline Alderson and VFX producers Joe Bauer and Steve Kullback. The photo isn’t a recent one (note the Emmy that Game of Thrones wasn’t eligible for this year), but the caption is unmistakable:

As Vanity Fair notes, it’s possible Sapochnik will direct two of the final six episodes, as tends to be the case with Game of Thrones seasons. Sapochnik also directed Season 5’s “The Gift” and Season 6’s “Winds of Winter” finale after “Battle of the Bastards,” but reports of Season 8’s movie-length episodes could easily make helming two a more daunting prospect.

Elsewhere, cast have already started gearing up for production, so how long until HBO confirms our final Game of Thrones directors, or perhaps a premiere window?

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