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Game of Thrones” season 7 seems to have concluded in a jiffy. After fans discovered that the show’s next instalment won’t premiere before 2019, they were left heartbroken. There’s some good news for those fans. Emilia Clarke ( an actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen) just posted a picture on her social media account wherein all the key team members of the show are seen shooting at an unknown location. According to a report by Vanity Fair, it is safe to assume that “Game of Thrones” Season 8 has officially entered the production stage.

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Preparation for the finale

The picture includes “Game of Thrones” long-loved director, Miguel Sapochnik holding an Emmy. This means that he is making a comeback for the show’s grand final season. Sapochnik is known for directing some of the best episodes of the show, including season 5, “Hardhome,” and season 6, “Battle of the Bastards.” He was expected to direct season 7 too but for some unknown reason, he decided to take off. Nonetheless, season 7 was a success under the direction of Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor.

Two key episodes of “Game of Thrones” season 7 including “Spoils of War,” and “Beyond the Wall,” were among the most-viewed and acclaimed ones of the entire TV series. The picture posted by Clarke on her Instagram account also consists of cinematographer, Fabian Wagner. This comes across as good news for the ardent fans of “Game of Thrones.” According to a report by Watchers on the Wall, Wagner is going to be accompanied by an assistant, Caroline Alderson, VFX Supervisor, Joe Bauer and VFX Producer, Steve Kullback.

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Sapochnik’s return

HBO hasn’t released an official confirmation regarding Sapochnik’s return to “Game of Thrones,” but Clarke’s unofficial picture is enough evidence. It still remains uncertain as to whether Sapochnik will direct all seven episodes of “Game of Thrones” season 8. He is popularly known for the battle sequences. “The Winds of Winter,” which was directed by Sapochnik, is regarded as one of the best episodes of the show.

Several rumors speculate that show-runners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, wish to direct season 8’s finale themselves.

Up till now, they have only directed two in the entire “Game of Thrones” series. Some also hope to see a woman take charge of direction next season. There are still two years to go before the final product will be put out in public view. Additional details regarding the series will definitely show up online before that.