The following post contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen “Beyond the Wall” just yet, bounce on over to HBO.
Gone are the days where characters spent half a season traveling from one city to another across Westeros. In the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, Jon and his band of misfits found themselves beyond the Wall on a mission to capture a wight. Realizing this was a *terrible* idea, as they were ridiculously outnumbered by the army of the dead, Jon sent Gendry back to Eastwatch to get a raven to Daenerys, who proceeded to travel from Dragonstone to beyond the wall to execute a rescue mission.
This all happened in the span of about…20 minutes on the show. So how much time actually passed in Westeros??
The quickened pacing of Season 7 has seen the plot accelerate, and we’re not spending as much time watching our favorite characters get from point A to point B. Naturally, this has become a point of contention with fans, many of whom have grown worried that the show’s timeline has gotten a little *too* implausible.
The director of “Beyond The Wall,” Alan Taylor, explained to Variety that the timeline has gotten a little “hazy,” but pushed back a bit against those, as the Hound might say, “whinging.”
But Taylor isn’t worried about the timeline complaints. Game of Thrones‘ viewership has been at an all-time high and continues, for the most part, to be on top of its game.
The director then added, “It’s cool that the show is so important to so many people that it’s being scrutinized so thoroughly. If the show was struggling, I’d be worried about those concerns, but the show seems to be doing pretty well so it’s OK to have people with those concerns.”
While the current pacing of GoT *does* make us chuckle at how much time we spent wandering Westeros with our favorite characters in previous seasons. But seeing how we’re down to our last seven episodes of Game of Thrones EVER, we’ll take dope storytelling over a hazy timeline any day.