“Beyond the Wall” may be the most frustrating episode of Game of Thrones ever produced. It’s a technical marvel, filled with characters we love placed into situations dire and impossible and heartbreaking. It’s also a narrative mess, leaning on convenience and deus ex machina and leaps in logic to get where it needs to go. Game of Thrones season 7 has been on fast-forward since the start, but here’s the episode where it stopped being weird and started becoming a concern.
But we’ll get to that momentarily. Let’s start somewhere else.