Variety – While the “Game of Thrones” episode “Beyond the Wall” had many talking about the insane fight sequences between humans, zombies, and dragons, others were more concerned with gaps in the timeline of the storytelling.
After the episode aired, fans vented frustrations online that Gendry running back to Eastwatch, sending a raven to Daenerys, and Daenerys arriving to save the day with her dragons all happened far too quickly. Alan Taylor, who directed “Beyond the Wall,” explained how the production team approached the timeline during filming.
“We were aware that timing was getting a little hazy,” Taylor told Variety. “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.”
WHO CARES THAT THE TIMELINE IS UNREALISTIC! Game Of Thrones is a FANTASY SHOW. It’s not based on a true story. Since when do fantasy shows have to be realistic? There are dragons roaming the Earth and people coming back from the dead, but a raven flying across the world in a matter of hours AND 3 dragons flying back across the world to rescue their crew is where people are drawing the line. It’s almost such a ridiculous take that I have to respect it. I don’t even think online trolls are making these takes. These are legit fans of the show who are upset that the real elements in the show aren’t “real enough.” Baffling.
As if that wasn’t enough, I saw people saying there’s no way the Night King could spear a dragon the way he did.
Really? The Night King. The NIGHT KING. The man who brought people back from the dead at Hardhome.
Yet, he can’t throw an ice spear on a dime and kill a dragon? He’s the Night King! HE DOESN’T PLAY BY THE RULES OF HUMANS! I feel like this is trying to argue against someone who says Spongebob is too unrealistic because he can breathe underwater or light fires. It’s a television show. A fantasy television show that could go down as the greatest show of all-time. Stop nitpicking a timeline issue and just enjoy the remaining 7 episodes we have left of greatness.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go figure out how the white walkers had large chains handy to pull the dragon out of the water. Now THAT’S an important question!