“Thrones” Team Talk Pacing, Scale & Jon Snow

Thrones Producer Star Tease Final Season

If there was a common complaint about the seventh season of “Game of Thrones,” it came in the way that people seemed to be able to get around Westeros with incredible speed – a journey that would take several episodes in an early season were done in minutes here.

Recently co-executive producer Bryan Cogman spoke with EW about this complaint and says the creative team on the series was well aware of it, but don’t really worry about it as they made the decision to ‘just get on with it’ last season and will take the outrage over that more than some of the other outrages that the show has suffered from in its life.

Writer Dave Hill adds that the issue won’t go away in the final season:

“You obviously don’t want any criticism of any kind, 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 [card] on there saying ‘Three Weeks Later,’ but we did not. Sometimes when moving pieces around you’re going to cheat a little bit. We tried to keep more of the time logic rather than jet packs.”

Actor Kit Harington has also spoken with Variety about the final run of episodes and say they’re easily the biggest to date and were the most satisfying for him professionally:

“They went balls out, I think is the term. They could have easily set the same budget as they did for Season 7, but they went bigger. [With Season 8] I know who this is now, and I’m at peace with who this is. I just got a feeling that it’s the most satisfied I will be with my work as Jon Snow. I now look back and I go, well, I was a f–king integral part of that whole thing. Jon was, and I am, and I’m proud of it. It took me a long time to not think, I’m the worst thing in this.”

The final season of “Game of Thrones” premieres on April 14th on HBO.