Warning: The following article contains Game of Thrones spoilers!
The latest episode of Game of Thrones featured a thrilling climax where Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons rescued Jon Snow and company as they valiantly fought off the undead army surrounding them. While many viewers may have been enthralled by the epic battle, a number of fans were confused by how our Gendry was able to reach the wall, dispatch Ravens to request assistance and have Daenerys reach Jon Snow’s imperiled posse in what appeared to be a relatively short amount of time. In an interview with Variety, episode director Alan Taylor addressed the concerns regarding the timeline of events in the episode titled “Beyond the Wall”.
Taylor explained how the creative team behind the episode hoped to alleviate any confusion towards the timeline:
“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.”
Taylor also discussed the growing tension between Arya and Sansa Stark:
“We’re pushing into deeper and darker things, and they’ve really grown to be able to do that. In some of the scenes between them, where it’s really a power play between two matched opponents, you feel the ground shift one way and then shift the other way. The tension between them, they handle it so beautifully. And it’s still Maisie and Sophie, so when you say ‘Cut,’ they start laughing and dancing and listening to music on their phones.”
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The series stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones continues next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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Season seven of HBO’s Game of Thrones has been pretty damn action packed. From Euron Greyjoy crushing Dany’s fleet to Jon and his allies being overwhelmed by the Night King, Game of Thrones has been firing on all cylinders when it comes to exciting, so-called “water cooler” moments.
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