Before going any further, here is an official warning: there are going to be spoilers for Game of Thrones Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall.”
For those reading that watched the latest episode, either when it leaked or on Sunday night, we saw Jon Snow and crew go on a suicide mission, Arya and Sansa fighting again, and Viserion getting shot out of the sky by the Night King and then turned conveniently into an undead ice dragon (where did they get those chains??). Yet, for some fans, the most implausible and shocking aspects of the episode had to do with the timeline of events.
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Can Gendry really run fast enough to get a raven to Daenerys to save the men stranded in no man’s land? How did that work without all of them dying? The director of this episode, Alan Taylor, talked to Variety about the seemingly impossible feat.
“We tried to hedge it a little bit with the eternal twilight up there north of The Wall,” Taylor said. “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.”
He also added that he thinks they “were straining plausibility a little bit, but I hope the story’s momentum carries over some of that stuff.” In other words, the ends justify the means.
Despite criticisms by fans, Taylor isn’t worried that it will affect the shows popularity, saying that “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.”
Taylor also spoke about the growing hostility between Sansa and Arya Stark that started with Arya accusing her sister of betraying not only their father, but the whole family.
“We’re pushing into deeper and darker things, and they’ve really grown to be able to do that,” Taylor says of Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams as actresses. “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.”
Here’s to hoping that the timeline slows down in the finale.