?I know, bold words. But read this, straight from the little fingers of George R.R. Martin himself (on his blog):
The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has broken the story, so I’m now free to comment
on a juicy little nugget of GAME OF THRONES news that I’ve been sitting
on for a week or so:
Neil Marshall has been signed to direct an episode for our second season.
those of you who have been living under a rock for the past ten years
or so, Marshall is the director of CENTURION, of DOG SOLDIERS, and —
especially — of THE DESCENT, which I think may well be the best horror
film of the past twenty years or so. (Do NOT confuse it with the
sequel, a much weaker film). GAME OF THRONES will be his first foray
And what makes this especially exciting is that the episode he’ll be
directing is… mine. Yes. He’s going to directing episode nine,
“Blackwater.” The Battle of the Blackwater.
I still don’t how
the hell we can possibly afford to do half of what I put into that
script, but if anyone can pull off my budget-busting battle, it’s
FUCK AND YES. Now, pretty much every horror fan I know loves The Descent, so that’s cool. But I have seen and loved both Doomsday and Centurion, and I can assure you that Marshall knows how to direct action for maximum dramatic effect. The fact that he’s going to be in charge of the episode with what is pretty much the most epic fight in A Song of Ice and Fire is incredibly fucking awesome. Sweet Zombie Jesus 2012 can’t get her fast enough.