This season of Game of Thrones seems to be a bit polarizing from fans. On one hand, you have fans who LOVE the fact that they’re getting so many payoffs over so short a period of time. After six seasons of dedicated viewing, and hours upon hours of devotion to dozens of characters, it’s nice to see them all pay off in a meaningful way. Then, you also have some fans who understandably think that the pacing has gotten ridiculous. Events that would normally take a full season are now happening within an episode, and some argue it takes away from the meditative pacing of the book and the first five or six seasons.
This whole pacing and timeline issue is extending from the actual delivery of the show into the narrative of show itself — namely last week’s episode, “Beyond the Wall.” While I won’t delve into specifics, as to avoid spoilers (I’ll even remove mild spoilers from the upcoming quote), but those who have seen the episode will know exactly what I’m talking about. In the episode, one character is able to traverse miles in one direction, get help that then has to go back in the direction from whence he came — all before certain bad things happen. It’s not necessarily impossible, but it’s enough to make you tilt your head in mild disbelief.
Speaking with Variety, the episode’s director Alan Taylor acknowledged this, stathing:
“We were aware that timing was getting a little hazy. We’ve got [REDACTED] running back, ravens flying a certain distance, [REDACTED] having to go back a certain distance…In terms of the emotional experience, [REDACTED] sort of spent one dark night on the island in terms of storytelling moments. We tried to hedge it a little bit with the eternal twilight up there north of The Wall. I think there was some effort to fudge the timeline a little bit by not declaring exactly how long we were there. I think that worked for some people, for other people it didn’t. They seemed to be very concerned about how fast a raven can fly but there’s a thing called plausible impossibilities, which is what you try to achieve, rather than impossible plausibilities. So I think we were straining plausibility a little bit, but I hope the story’s momentum carries over some of that stuff.”
Our very own Seth McDonald loved the episode, and while some of the commenters had some real problems with the timeline, Seth was very much caught up in the drama of it all, enough so that he didn’t care too much about the timeline issues.
But what about you? Did you care about some of the plot contrivances? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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