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Why Everybody Needs to Stop Complaining About ‘Game of Thrones’ Travel Time – Forbes

The Night King and White Walkers march through London to promote the forthcoming Game Of Thrones Season 7 on July 11, 2017 in London, England. The new season airs at 9pm on July 17th on Sky Atlantic. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Scrolling through Game of Thrones discussion forums and opinion pieces, I keep noticing the same complaint pop up when discussing the new season – travel time. Fans, especially fans of the books, appear to take serious issue with the fact that the show’s characters are appearing in new locations without doing the necessary legwork.

My Forbes colleague Erik Kain has made many a well-reasoned argument against the logical inconsistency, and while he and others are technically correct, I personally don’t view reduced travel time as a negative. In fact, I think the decision to cut that aspect of the show is one of the reasons why this season’s plotline is so expertly streamlined.

Here are three reasons why travel time is best kept offscreen. (Spoilers ahead).

Less travel time means less screen time

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a different opinion to HBO over the number of remaining seasons of Game of Thrones. HBO, understandably wanting to hold on to their golden goose as long as possible, believed the show should run until season ten, or preferably, until the end of time itself. The showrunners wisely fought against extending the show, because stretching out plotlines is what led to the episode of Lost that explained the backstory behind Jack’s tattoo.

Anyway, the showrunners won the right to slim down the story, and this season is a mere seven episodes long, and the final season, a stingy six (although rumors state that individual episodes will be longer). The few remaining hours mean plotlines are going to be resolved much sooner than expected. It also means there’s simply no time to spare. And all of that spare time is usually spent watching people walk.

We all want more Game of Thrones, really. I’d love for the show to continue just as long as HBO’s accountant intended, but deep in my heart I know it’s not for the best. The best tv series and films leave before they outstay their welcome, leaving no room for boredom. And make no mistake, travel time is boring. Did we really need to watch Arya and the Hound trudging along for miles, exchanging insults and getting into fights? No, we needed a scene or two.

We get it, the Hound is a kind soul wrapped in a bitter, burnt shell. We get it. He likes eating chickens. Really, we get it. I felt every single miserable step of Bran’s journey beyond the wall, the same with Jaime and Brienne’s road trip. I understand that there is no highways and airplanes in this fantasy world, but I don’t care. Honestly, I’m good, I’ve taken a walk before. I know what it’s like. Just show us the consequence of the journey, not the entirety of the journey itself.

Why Everybody Needs to Stop Complaining About ‘Game of Thrones’ Travel Time – Forbes

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