If you write for Game of Thrones, it’s a must to maintain observe of lots of issues. The present’s large story has coated a number of continents, lots of of characters, and dozens of interweaving plot threads that, due to Bran Stark’s talents in latest seasons, have additionally grown to incorporate flashbacks. It’s tough to juggle all of this at the perfect of occasions, nevertheless it’s made tougher if you’re attempting to maneuver everybody and all the things into place for an epic finale.
Season 7, the present’s penultimate 12 months which aired in 2017, suffered a bit of within the eyes of many viewers for that reason. The present had so many large issues to arrange, and so few hours wherein to do it, that the good distances that separated varied characters appeared to evaporate within the area of moments. Characters who, final we checked, have been on the opposite aspect of a continent appeared to only seem at precisely the fitting time, and whereas a few of them had the advantage of flying dragons for transportation, others have been simply conveniently in a position to transfer rapidly.
For some viewers, these time jumps meant digging into the present’s timeline and map to actually get a deal with on precisely how all of the items appeared to maneuver into place so quick, whereas different viewers merely shrugged and loved the experience and nonetheless others could not come to grips with doing both. Season 7 will ceaselessly be the time warp season of Game of Thrones for lots of followers, and whereas the present’s writers are conscious of these criticisms, they are not essentially sweating them.
“We don’t read a lot of that stuff,” co-showrunner Dan Weiss instructed Entertainment Weekly. “If somebody says, ‘I don’t like the way you do this,’ I have no idea what percentage of the people watching that opinion actually represents. If that opinion happens to surface louder on the internet, I still have no idea — it could be 1 percent of people that becomes an internet thing for 10 minutes and then it just seems like it’s more than 1 percent. But there’s no way of telling — nor am I interested in finding a way of finding out — how accurate those thoughts represent the broad spectrum of people watching. If you start thinking about that you’ll drive yourself crazy.”
Despite what co-executive producer Bryan Cogman known as the “get on with it” method to Season 7, although, Thrones‘ writers are nonetheless conscious that they’ve a timeline to stick to, and whereas final season zipped round Westeros quicker than any raven ever might, we should not essentially anticipate the identical from Season 8.
“You obviously don’t want any criticism of any kind,” author Dave Hill mentioned. “But with all the things we were balancing to set things up for Season 8, sometimes we had to speed things up within episodes. We had a lot of time cuts the vast majority of viewers didn’t catch. We could have a [title card] on there saying ‘Three Weeks Later,’ but we did not. Sometimes when moving pieces around you’re going to cheat a little bit. [For season 8], we tried to keep more of the time logic rather than jet packs.”
Honestly, if Season Eight reveals that Samwell Tarly has discovered some previous e book that teaches him methods to make jet packs for everybody, wouldn’t it actually be that stunning?
Game of Thrones returns April 14 on HBO.