Game of Thrones fans always have a lot of questions – but, one of the biggest questions we usually have after every episode revolves around one thing, time. Throughout the series, it’s taken some characters episodes – even seasons – to get across Westeros to different Kingdoms and Islands. But, for other characters, it merely takes them a few episodes – sometimes even one. Now that the series is coming to an end – it seems as though the directors are trying to speed everything up.
For example, Arya Stark took seasons to find her way back to Winterfell, while Sam and Gilly also took several episodes to get to the Citadel. But, Jon Snow made it to Dragonstone in an episode – at most. It’s definitely obvious that directors and producers are under a strict timeline in order to squeeze everything they need to before the Season Eight series finale.
The biggest problem for fans? Episode Six’s timeline when Jon Snow went beyond the wall.
Basically, Jon Snow and his band of random Game of Thrones characters went beyond the wall to capture a White Walker, in order to prove to people that the threat is real. But, because The Hound is a major f*ck up, the guys were surrounded by a pretty big threat of the White Walkers – as the thousands and thousands of dead people circled them – waiting to attack. The guys sent Gendry back to The Wall to send off a raven to Dragonstone to ask Dany for help.
Usually, in Game of Thrones, we’d have to wait until the next season to see if Dany even gets the raven – let alone actually gets past the wall to help the guys. But, in this episode – it happened in less than 15 minutes.
Fans, of course, were calling out this bluff in the timeline like no other on Twitter.
The real hero of this weeks episode of #gameofthrones was the raven that got from Eastwatch to Dragonstone because bish flew at 1,000,000mph
— James W.B. (@dontforgetjames) August 21, 2017
— Anna Caroline (@btw_olicity) August 21, 2017
But, director Alan Taylor explained to fans:
We were aware that timing was getting a little hazy. We’ve got Gendry running back, ravens flying a certain distance, dragons having to fly back a certain distance…In terms of the emotional experience, [Jon and company] 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.
Basically, they tried to make it look like the guys were waiting a long time – but, us fans are so anxious during every Game of Thrones episode, we probably missed it. Taylor also told Variety in the interview that he was impressed and proud of fans for questioning and caring so much about the Game of Thrones timeline.