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Neil Marshall Plays Another Game Of Thrones
Blackwater director back for Season 4

05 July 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Exclusive

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This is a news story about a future episode of Game Of Thrones. If you do not want to know anything at all about what's coming, it's best that you don't read this news story. Caveat: you're probably safe here if you've read the books. But still, proceed at your own risk.

The story, then! Following his pivotal "Blackwater" in Season 2, director Neil Marshall is returning to Game Of Thrones. Our source close to the production - who we shall name "Ned" in honour of the dear departed Sean Bean (and the '90s indie band) - tells us that Marshall has been asked back for another enormous chunk of ice and fire, in this case the violent finale to Season 4. The episode, Ned tells us, takes place "at The Wall, with Mance Rayder".

Readers who've got as far as A Storm Of Swords will recognise this as The Battle Of Castle Black, where King-Beyond-The-Wall Mance Rayder leads his force of Wildlings, Thenns and mammoth-mounted Giants against the forces of the Night's Watch and King Stannis Baratheon. The scrap lasts several days, and is the event that leads to Jon Snow becoming leader of the Watch. 

In the book, former blacksmith Donal Noye plays a significant role in these events, but as he apparently remains uncast in the series, expect some tweaks to the way the carnage unfolds onscreen. Although with or without Noye, we could probably have assumed as much anyway.

Marshall was airlifted in at extremely short notice to direct Blackwater, but Ned tells us that the director has a much longer lead-in on this occasion, already moving backwards and forwards between London and Northern Ireland to prep the episode, which shoots later in the year. Game Of Thrones' fourth season will premiere on HBO in the first half of 2014.

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RE: What the hell has happened to Neil Marshall?
L: bb I mean, in 2005, he directed one of the best horror films of the decade, THE DESCENT, and it launched him into the spotlight. But the next two films he directed, DOOMSDAY (2008) and THE CENTURION (2010) were critical and commercial failures, and the only thing he's done ever since is television work. Is he ever going to direct another film? Or has he become too stung by the dismal failures of his last two films? es, his career really has gone down the crapper now he's involved More

Posted by MonsterCat at 11:21 on 19 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: What the hell has happened to Neil Marshall?
The HBO series is fantastic....If you want to really be engrossed in the epic tale that is A Song of Ice and Fire, pick up the books! Just be sure to pace yourself so you're not waiting for Martin to publish the last 2 in the series like the rest of us have been. More

Posted by Baymoed52 at 10:27 on 19 July 2013 | Report This Post

What the hell has happened to Neil Marshall?
I mean, in 2005, he directed one of the best horror films of the decade, THE DESCENT, and it launched him into the spotlight. But the next two films he directed, DOOMSDAY (2008) and THE CENTURION (2010) were critical and commercial failures, and the only thing he's done ever since is television work. Is he ever going to direct another film? Or has he become too stung by the dismal failures of his last two films? More

Posted by bb at 19:14 on 09 July 2013 | Report This Post

Great but a little over rated
Episode nine of season two was great, if a little over rated in my opinion. The real scorcher of season 2 was episode 10, which pretty much blew everything else out of the water for me. Incredible. Unfortunately the Blackwater episode did show it's budget limitations and the battle did not seem to go on anywhere near long enough (it felt like it took place in "real time", about 30 mins. as opposed to a whole night for example). Wasn't Tyrion great though. More

Posted by ericcoyle at 09:11 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

I might be episode 9, it might be episode 10, either way the report is accurate and I'm sure we're all glad to see Marshall back. More

Posted by Funkasaurusni at 08:21 on 08 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Report not accurate
I think it's just the wording that's confusing the issue. Rather than "finale" it should probably be "climax" or "apex" or "crux" or something. This is clearly the moment the series builds to, but as others have said it's probably just episode 9 rather than 10. So not EXACTLY "finale", but more or less. More

Posted by Osric at 17:36 on 07 July 2013 | Report This Post

Report not accurate
It's been confirmed that Empire's report is not quite accurate: shall-returns-to-direct-s4-finale/ The specific areas where it is incorrect have not been stated, but I'd wager it's the timing: the finale is way too late in the season for this storyline, which should be a lot earlier. More

Posted by Werthead at 15:35 on 06 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why the Finale?
Going by season tradition it'll probably be E9 as something major always happens then (Ned's beheading, Blackwater, the Red Wedding). More

Posted by Phetikus at 02:07 on 06 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why the Finale?
Yeah I can't see how that will work as episode 10 at all, there's too much wrap up material from ASOS to cover (much of it not set at the Wall). I'm guessing Marshall's episode will actually be 8 or 9. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 22:26 on 05 July 2013 | Report This Post

Why the Finale?
I find it odd that they will shoot the battle at the wall as the season 4 finale. That episode is usually reserved to wrap up several storylines. Even the battle of blackwater occurred in episode 9 and not episode 10. If they film this battle like they filmed blackwater, the whole episode will be devoted to the battle with no time to provide closure on the other story arcs. I'm glad Neil Marshall is back but hope "the finale" portion was a misinterpretation from Empire or Empire's sour More

Posted by angelgr89 at 14:10 on 05 July 2013 | Report This Post

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