HBO has revealed the title and running time for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones.
Mild spoilers from this past Sunday's episode follow.
Titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” (more on that later), the anticipated finale will be, as promised, the longest episode in the show’s seven-year history, beating out this Sunday’s penultimate installment directed by Alan Taylor, “Beyond the Wall.”
Helmed by Jeremy Podeswa (“The Red Woman,” Home,” "Dragonstone”), the season finale is nearly feature-length; clocking in at a whopping 79 minutes and 43 seconds (and not 81 minutes as previously reported, but close enough), according to the network.
As for the episode’s title, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” it works on a couple of levels. First off, it’s clear the show is referring to Dany (Emilia Clarke) and Jon (Kit Harington). Dany is a Targaryen, and their sigil is a three-headed dragon. Plus she’s also known as the Dragon Queen, as well as the Mother of Dragons while Jon is a (ahem) Stark, whose house sigil is a Direwolf. He’s also known as the White Wolf.
Secondly, the title no doubt refers to the political alliance between Dany and Jon. The King in the North recently bent the knee (well, not literally since he was lying in bed at the time, and was physically unable to do so) at the end of “Beyond the Wall,” and rumor is that he will officially do so during the finale when they go to King’s Landing to meet with Cersei (Lena Heady) in the Dragonpit.
Last but not least, the title also hints at the romantic feelings growing between the two characters, something that was made pretty clear last week. Will something happen between them in the finale?
There you have it. Are you excited about the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones? What do you think of the title? Chime in with your thoughts.