The official runtime and title for Game of Thrones‘ season 7 finale have been revealed. Heading into the hit HBO fantasy series’ penultimate season, fans were expecting big things and Thrones has more than delivered on that promise. Not only did the series deliver on the Dragon/Dothraki battle that viewers had been waiting six years to see, but managed to only continue upping the ante in spectacle with this past Sunday night’s “Beyond the Wall.” Featuring one of the show’s biggest deaths to date, the episode concluded with nearly all of the show’s main characters on a collision course with one other.
Despite all of the noteworthy, game-changing moments that this season has already given viewers, there’s still more than a few revelations and meetings that the series still has to cover before Game of Thrones can bring its seventh season to its conclusion. Although previous reports had listed this week’s season finale as being the longest Game of Thrones episode in history, there had not yet been any official runtime or plot details released from the finale – until now.
HBO has now officially announced that the Game of Thrones season 7 finale is titled “The Dragon and the Wolf” and will run for a total of 79 minutes and 43 seconds. This does make the season finale the longest Thrones episode to date, edging out last year’s season finale, “The Winds of Winter” (69 minutes), and this past Sunday’s “Beyond the Wall” (70 minutes), the latter of which now ranks as the show’s second-longest episode.
On the surface alone, “The Dragon and the Wolf” title shares similarities to some previous Thrones episodes, including season 1’s “The Wolf and the Lion” and season 4’s “The Lion and the Rose”. However, this season finale title will likely end up having multiple meanings by the time it reaches its conclusion, as it not only refers to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) but also the truth behind Jon’s secret Targaryen-Stark biological parentage. Whether that means the episode will deliver on the Jon/Dany hook up that fans have been predicting, or will finally confirm/show the coupling between Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark will have to wait to be seen.
The trailer for the season 7 finale was fairly vague and mysterious when it came to actually teasing the content of the episode, which makes it hard to know right now what might actually happen throughout it – other than the meeting between Jon, Dany, and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Fortunately, the Game of Thrones season finales just keep getting bigger and longer with each year – and considering how much Thrones managed to pack into “The Winds of Winter” last year, it feels fair to say that “The Dragon and the Wolf” will (hopefully) not only leave fans feeling satisfied, but with quite a bit to think about in the wait time between this Sunday’s finale and the premiere of its final season.
Game of Thrones season 7 concludes with “The Dragon and the Wolf” this Sunday night @9pm on HBO.
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