Game of Thrones Director Responds to Criticism of Show Pacing

I remember one assignment when I was in Film School where our professor asked us to write a short script introducing a classmate. Basically, it was a “getting to know you” assignment, we were to talk to someone else in the class, learn about their likes, dislikes, personality, and other character traits and then use that information to craft a script which we would then read to the entire class. My script involved an Army of Darkness-esque plot involving feudal Japan, ninjas, and dinosaurs with laser rifles mounted on their shoulders. When we finished reading our scripts the class was asked to comment on and critique our work. After I read mine, that one guy raises his hand to offer up his opinion, everyone knows ‘that guy’. He was cool with the time travel, the ninjas, and the T-Rex’s, but I lost him at the shoulder mounted laser rifles. This guy is the perfect example of the type of people GoT director Alan Taylor was responding to in his recent Newsweek interview.

Caution: Spoilers for Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall follow.

 

After fans complained about the speed in which Dany arrived at the frozen lake after Jon sent Gendry to send her a message via Raven, some fans complained that it happened too quickly, that there’s no way the Raven was quick enough to have reached her at Dragonstone and her to have reached the frozen lake in the time allotted in the episode.

“It’s funny…I did see one review where he just could not get past the airspeed velocity of a raven. If the show was struggling, if it wasn’t finding an audience, I would be up in arms about that and trying to press back, but it actually just made me laugh,” says Taylor.

“You’ve got a [dragon] that’s bigger than a [Boeing] 747 [plane] with seven people riding on its back, and you’re worried about the speed of a raven being believable. OK, obviously, we’re not doing our jobs correctly for you, but it seems to be working for a lot of other people.”

Taylor goes on to explain that they while developing the episode, they were aware of the pacing and time constraints and made decisions that were designed to help with those issues.

“When we were [filming] it, we were aware of the time frame issues, and we tried to make it a little vague by not making it clear how much time is passing on the frozen lake, because it’s sort of eternal twilight up there—you’re not quite sure if it’s day or night,”

For me, this issue harkens back to the classic debate about The scene from the first Christopher Reeves Superman film where he saves Lois from falling off a building after her helicopters crash lands. Certain people would argue that due to the speed at which she was falling and the speed at which he was flying, instead of catching her, she would have been split into 3 pieces . . . failing to take into consideration that they were perfectly fine with this being a story in which a baby was shipped across the galaxy from an alien planet, landed on earth, and got superpowers from being exposed to the yellow sun.

What about you guys? Has Game of Thrones or any other property caused you to lose your suspension of disbelief over something that is relatively minor compared to the larger elements the show would have you believe?

Source: Newsweek

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