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Why Game Of Thrones Fans Shouldn't Be Concerned With How Fast Everything Travels Now

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Warning! The following contains spoilers for Game of Thrones latest episode "Beyond The Wall." Read at your own risk.

The latest episode of Game of Thrones gave fans of the series a lot to chew on, and while most were concerned with the startling death and resurrection of Viserion, some are more hung up on the flight speed of ravens. "Beyond The Wall," director Alan Taylor addresses those fans and tells them they shouldn't be concerned with how fast everything in the show travels now in the quote below:

I've only looked at one review online, and it was very much concerned with the speed of the ravens. I thought, that's funny --- you don't seem troubled by the lizard as big as a 747, but you're really concerned about the speed of a raven. It is true there are time issues, and I'm not exactly sure how many kilometers there are between Eastwatch and Dragonstone. But it was a bit dreary to hear somebody who said, 'I cannot enjoy this episode because, you know, that speed of that raven ... ' There's was a lot of wonderful stuff going on here and if it really gets that much in your way, that's not good to hear. But that said, Gendry's a really great runner. [Laughs.] Ravens go super fast. And who's to say how much time passes on that island, since it's always sort of an eternal twilight north of the Wall? With those three ideas in mind, I think we can lay the timing concerns to rest.

Alan Taylor seems to concede that while Game of Thrones does a lot right, it's not perfect. He also makes a great point that fans have no struggle imagining giant dragons laying waste to the world, but then question that Westeros has ravens who can travel from the Wall to Dragonstone in a day's time. Of course, there's no exact approximation on how much time passed between Gendry's running to the wall and Dany's rescue, but the general consensus from some fans is not enough time for a raven to complete a long flight. Considering a scene showed Jon Snow and others waking up on the rock, it seems safe to assume at least a full night passed between them being stranded. Really, with cutaways between characters and other parts of the story between those moments, it could've been longer than that!

Then again, as Alan Taylor said, who's to say with all the crazy stuff that goes down in Westeros? There are too many variables to consider in a show as deep as Game of Thrones and digging into the small stuff only distracts viewers from the much more subtle stuff like the meaning behind Gendry's fake alias or a photo that could hint at an interesting twist with Tyrion. Taylor's statement to The New York Times appears to indicate that obsessive fans should devote their time towards working out these mysteries, as opposed to picking apart issues with travel distance and complaining their viewing experience is lessened due to a raven's ability to (possibly) travel at light speed.

For the fans who still can't let it go, someone on Reddit did the math and ultimately reasoned that the whole trip from start to finish could've realistically lasted four days and that answer kind of works with what was shown on screen. Take that information and store it away ahead of Game of Thrones' big Season 7 finale August 27th at 9 p.m. on HBO. After the season is complete, be sure to head over to our fall premiere guide for more shows to get addicted to as shows zip back to television faster than any raven can travel.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.