Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) in Season 4 of "Game of Thrones"
Helen Sloan—HBO
July 16, 2014 10:40 AM EDT

Over the course of its five seasons, Game of Thrones has become known nearly as much for its epic visuals as it has for its sprawling storytelling. Naturally, talented directors like Neil Marshall (responsible for Season Two’s “Blackwater” and Season Four’s “Watchers on the Wall”), Michelle MacLaren (four episodes of Thrones and a pair of Emmy nominations for her work on Breaking Bad) and Alan Taylor (six episodes, as well as 2013’s Thor: The Dark World) play a substantial role in creating that style.

So when it was announced on that many of the directors responsible for creating some of the series’ most iconic episodes were not returning, it was a bit of a surprise. That said, HBO is bringing an impressive group of newcomers to Westeros (alongside David Nutter, who has helmed four past episodes of Thrones).

Here’s the full list:

And, of course, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are returning as showrunners (though not behind the camera for any episodes in 2015), so it’s unlikely Game of Thrones will look all that different from how you remember it.

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