The eighth and last highly anticipated season of the series HBO will be released in six episodes this Sunday, April 14. While the first seasons of Game of Thrones contained a dozen episodes, the latter having seen their pace gradually accelerate, as shown in the video at the beginning of the article.
ATTENTION SPOILERS. This video contains elements from seasons 1 to 7 of GoT.
During the series, spectators enjoyed the many journeys and adventures of the characters in the lands and seas of Westeros (continent of the seven kingdoms) and Essos (continent of the free islands).
But during the broadcast seasons 1 to 5, many fans complained about small action scenes compared to long dialogues. A problem that was quickly resolved in the last two seasons …
Inconsistent time ellipses
The pace has been so accelerated in seasons 6 and 7 that on many occasions it was considered inconsistent. And it is mainly through the movements of the characters that these inconsistencies were emphasized.
This began at the end of season 6 with the departure of Lord Varys from the kingdom of Meereen, in Essos, for the kingdom of Dorne in Westeros. The length of his boat trip was not insignificant and yet it was already two episodes later in Dorne. But it's not the worst.
After we find her at Dorne, we see him next to Daenerys Targaryen while she leaves Meereen for Westeros at the end of the same episode. This would mean that in a single episode the character had time to make a journey that had previously made two episodes.
Season 7 also broke all speed records with scenes such as the trip from Jaime Lannister to Hautjardin, when he had just left Port-Réal a few minutes earlier.
The duration of the journeys not specified
If the fans have carefully mocked the many inconsistencies of season 7, the penultimate episode has rebelled more than one.
In "Beyond the Wall" Jon Snow and a horde of warriors venture behind the wall to capture a white dead-end army to prove their existence and threat to Cersei Lannister.
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But the mission goes wrong and Gendry, Robert Baratheon's bastard, returns to the wall to send a crow to Daenerys Targaryen to ask for help. The latter immediately leave Peyredragon dragons (located on the other side of the continent) to rescue the warriors trapped in the far north. And all this in just one episode.
Many critics have claimed that the illogical temporality of this episode has completely affected it. The director, Alan Taylor, had to justify himself in an interview on variety"We are aware that the temporality becomes a bit blurry," he said.
"I think we have done our best to avoid the issue of temporality by not specifying the exact duration of the trip, some viewers accepted it, others did not."
The writers of the series nevertheless reassured the fans by claiming EW that is the ultimate season of Game of Thrones will be more consistent in its temporality.
This text was originally published in HuffPost France.