is an Executive Producer/Director who was one of the creative forces behind the worldwide ABC hit Lost, which won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for Best Drama. He was also Executive Producer/Director of Stephen King’s Under the Dome for CBS and TNT’S hit series The Last Ship. Prior to beginning production as executive producer and director on Mr. Mercedes, he directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and received his sixth Emmy nomination for his direction of the episode The Door. Bender also wrote and directed the award-winning short film A Real Naked Lady, after which he went on to direct dozens of movies for television, mini-series and groundbreaking series including Felicity, Alias, Boomtown, Ally McBeal, The Sopranos and Carnivale. Among the many pilots he has directed is Alphas for Syfy.