Game of Thrones fans were very confused when HBO announced that Season 7, which premiered in 2017, would have only seven episodes instead of the standard ten. Fans began to panic that it would seem rushed, and that's pretty much exactly what happened. Although we were all still were thrilled to get more episodes, there was definitely a feeling of things moving too fast.
Timing issues were fully present last season, but especially in travel. What would take multiple episodes to travel previously for characters instead took a few seconds. However, now the writers have come forward to discuss the biggest complaints about Season 7 and to explain to fans why that happened.
"We made a choice to ‘just get on with it’ last season," co-executive producer Bryan Cogman said in the recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. "You can sit at home and do the math on how long it took to get the boats from Point A to Point B and whatever that was, yeah, that’s what it was. There’s always something everybody has got to graft on to and I guess that outrage was better than others, so I’ll take it."
"You obviously don’t want any criticism of any kind," writer Dave Hill added. “But with all the things we were balancing to set things up for Season 8, sometimes we had to speed things up within episodes. We had a lot of time cuts the vast majority of viewers didn’t catch. We could have a [title card] on there saying ‘Three Weeks Later,’ but we did not. Sometimes when moving pieces around you’re going to cheat a little bit."
Hopefully the nearly two-year wait from the last season to the upcoming one has allowed the creators to take their time and carefully come up with ways to answer all of our remaining burning questions. Season 8 premieres on April 14.