First I just wanted to know how much time has passed between "Winter Is Coming" (Game of Thrones, S01E01) and "The Dragon and the Wolf" (Game of Thrones, S07E07), but I guess a more specific answer would be of more value to the community.

Even after having read all of the books, I just have lost the overview how much time has passed. E.g. Sam is riding slowly from Oldtown to Winterfell during the winter. Even that must have taken a year or so... Anyone who can help me.

  • The wiki seems to state each season lasts a year and they are consecutive. However, that doesn't seem to fit with what we see. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 9:53
  • It's roughly the same amount of time as the meta, non-fictional time that passes out-of-universe: ~1 year. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 9:54
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    It's already been explained by the writers of the show that time passes differently between scenes for different characters, depending on what the plot demands. In other words, Sam leaving Oldtown and arriving 2 episodes later in Winterfell doesn't really say anything about how much time has passed by comparing it to other characters' paths. This is the reason why we see Varys cross continents within the same episode in Season 6. I'm not saying it's good, in fact I'd argue it's bad, but it's what it is. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 10:00
  • Adding timeline to each event would be way too complicated for the writers, and harm the overall quality IMO. Free of this constraint, they can focus on other things, which is a good thing. :) Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 10:09

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According to the wiki each season lasts a year with them being consecutive:

  1. 298 AL
  2. 299 AL
  3. 300 AL
  4. 301 AL
  5. 302 AL
  6. 303 AL
  7. 304 AL

However, this doesn't appear to be too accurate and doesn't make much sense to the events we see in the show but it appears to be the only information we have.

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    That's a wikia, not wiki - essentially that means it's most likely inaccurate or based on pure speculation. As a relevant example, the numbers you quote are not even explained or cited with a valid source to back the claims in the wikia article. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 13:18
  • @GhotiandChips I know it isn't reliable as I state in my answer but as I also state it appears to be the only information we have so it's better than nothing. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 14:05
  • What's "AL"? Years in the Westerosi calendar are noted "BC" and "AC" for "Before the Conquest" and "After the Conquest", respectively; "the Conquest" actually being Aegon I's 2nd coronation in OldTown, some ~2 years after the beginning of said conquest. Commented Aug 30, 2017 at 18:27
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    Besides 304 AC would mean Arya is 15 and I think they make an effort to make her look younger than that (Maisie Williams is 20 now after all), she is far too small to be 15 and looks more like 11-12 to me. The current book, dance with dragons, is set in 300 AC, the series handles those events in season 4 and 5 though.
    – Dulkan
    Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 6:56
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    @Dulkan The show and books timelines are different with dates from Roberts Rebellion onwards having been changed for the show, especially to make characters older. Commented Nov 22, 2017 at 12:27

It’s been 299 entire time, otherwise we would have seen them experience many Winters already, rather than the one that’s been coming since the beginning of the series, and only in the last season will we experience it, as “Winter is Here”. Finally.

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    You know that the seasons last for man years in Westeros?
    – Skooba
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 16:30
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    I believe that it's been established that the world of GoT doesn't follow standard seasons. there's even a quote that the current generation has experienced the longest summer in living knowledge.
    – DForck42
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 16:38
  • He is right. Aren't they on earth? Commented May 14, 2019 at 6:22

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