There was a time, not so long ago, when the small screen was considered a step down for a film director. But THR‘s first-ever TV Director Roundtable features a dream list of top helmers, from auteurs (Sharp Objects‘ Jean-Marc Vallée, 56, and Succession‘s Adam McKay, 51) to one star turned director (Escape at Dannemora‘s Ben Stiller, 53) — plus two of the only women in Hollywood who’ve headed up $100 million studio films: Patty Jenkins, 47 (TNT’s I Am the Night) and Ava DuVernay, 46 (Netflix’s When They See Us). But today, most of the attention is focused on David Nutter, the longtime TV helmer who directed three of the final six episodes of Game of Thrones. That’s because it’s May 10, there are just two episodes of the HBO behemoth left, and Nutter, 59, is one of the only people in the world who knows how it all ends. While McKay can’t resist trying to extract a spoiler or two (“Does the last dragon die?”), Nutter stays mum — but all six helmers do speak frankly about their greatest challenges, their disagreements with actors and their biggest fights to make their dreams come to life onscreen.