In earlier seasons of “Game of Thrones,” audiences were used to spending whole seasons watching characters travel across Westeros.
In season seven, however, with the series swiftly coming to a close, some viewers have noticed some not so subtle discrepancies between how long it takes some characters to travel versus how long it takes others.
Namely, Jon Snow and the White Walkers.
I'm content most of the time turning my brain off (I'm an American), but visualizing Jon's journey vs the White Walkers is very smdh. pic.twitter.com/iLW1kZgjC3
— BryndenBFish (@BryndenBFish) August 16, 2017
For those who are just now tuning in to the show, Jon Snow is currently the King of the North and is attempting to martial the forces of Westeros against the White Walkers, an army of ancient ice creatures that destroy everything in its path.
The map above compares the distance Jon Snow has traveled from season five to season seven and the distance the White Walkers have traveled in the same period.
The green line denotes Jon’s travels, taking him all over Westeros, from Castle Black to Winterfell, to Dragonstone to Eastwatch. The red line represents the White Walkers’ travels and is very minimal in comparison. Even though the White Walkers are the biggest threat on “Game of Thrones,” they seem to be moving at a comically slow pace.
Several users on Reddit have theorized why the White Walkers are moving at such a glacial pace.
And this Twitter user provides some useful context.
It's not much different in the books. The Walkers appear in like 297 or earlier and 3 years later they're still not at the Wall.
— History of Westeros (@WesterosHistory) August 16, 2017
But this GoT viewer can’t even…
Yeah, there is just too much I can take, personally. It's becoming kinda of embarrassing.
— Anas NEJMI (@IronEad) August 16, 2017
How about some perspective people!
It's a TV show with dragons and and people being resurrected and people freak out over timelines of travel smdh…they have to end the show
— Scott Childs Jr (@MrElite2130) August 16, 2017
Who is to say what is causing the delay, but here’s a thought: perhaps they’re called White “Walkers” for a reason…
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