After watching last night’s episode of Game of Thrones titled Beyond the Wall I’ve developed a fan theory of my own. One I’ve not seen speculated anywhere else.
It’s a theory that spells trouble for all our favorite heroes, and it hints of a threat even greater than Cersei or ice zombies. Before you ask, this has nothing to do with Bran Stark’s possible alter ego.
So without further ado, here it is: the world of Game of Thrones is shrinking. I know, it sounds silly, but think about some of the things we witnessed in this episode. We saw Jon, and the gang, travel beyond the Wall to capture a wight.
Used to be when a character traveled north of the Wall they were gone for a long while. When Jon Snow first went north he stayed for an entire season. He even lost his virginity up there!
Bran Stark also had an extended stay in the land of White Walkers. Hodor died beyond the Wall. Benjen Stark went ranging beyond the Wall in season one and never came back.
But in this week’s episode, a group of men go beyond the Wall, capture a wight, and travel so deep into the land of ice that they run smack dab into The Night King and his entire army! All in the span of a few days.
Finding themselves trapped, what do they do? They send Gendry, who took like five seasons to row from Dragonstone to Flea Bottom, to run back to Eastwatch on foot.
And he makes it there by nightfall! Then a raven is sent to Dany and by mid-afternoon, she’s all the way from Dragonstone to well beyond the Wall to pick up the fellas. Jon falls beneath the ice, but not to worry, Benjen shows up from nowhere and throws Jon on the back of his horse. The closet Targaryen is back to Eastwatch before we know it.
Winter has come and like swim trunk clad appendages in cold water- Game of Thrones is shrinking!
Obviously, I’m kidding, but this episode did suffer from some serious pacing issues. I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought the plan to capture a wight and take it to Cersei was monumentally stupid, but the execution was even worse.
The problem is, the writers are running out of pavement on the runway. The end is nye, and this poorly produced episode was designed to set up a number of plots for the finale. Unfortunately, it didn’t have much of a purpose on its own.
First, we needed to see the frightening power of The Night King, as he dispatched one of Dany’s Dragons with ease- and later transformed it into a wight-dragon. Then we needed to see that Jon and Dany are definitely more than just friends (I mean, that hand holding! C’mon!) Finally, with Dany & Co. taking the wight to King’s Landing on a mission of peace the writers have set up the final conflict of the season.
Overall, this episode felt sloppy, and that’s not what I’ve come to expect from Game of Thrones. With only a few episodes of the series left, hopefully, they’ve saved the best for last.