No matter what you thought of this polarizing season of Game of Thrones, I think we can all agree on one thing: We’re sad it’s ending. Despite some uneven and at times bizarre plotting, the show is as thrilling and engrossing as ever. And given that fact that we might have to wait until 2019 for our next fix, next week’s finale is bound to be an emotional experience for all.
Thankfully, we can confirm that the episode—which is curiously titled “The Dragon and The Wolf” (more on that, later)—clocks in at a robust 79 minutes and 43 seconds, making it the longest episode of Game of Thrones ever.
Now, about that title. It’s safe to assume that it refers to our two lovelorn heroes, Dany (the dragon) and Jon (the wolf). Fans have been anticipating a romance between the two for much of the season, and after the tender moment they shared at the end of last week’s episode, coupled with the fan-servicy nature of this season, a Jon and Dany hookup seems inevitable.
But there’s also some business to which to attend. Believe it or not, Jon’s plan to venture beyond the wall to capture a wight and show Cersei that her war is meaningless actually worked! But now comes the hard part. Jon must travel to King’s Landing, presumably with Westeros’ version of the Avengers in tow, and convince Cersei that the White Walker threat is real.
The teaser for next week suggests that there will in fact be an epic showdown in the Dragonpit with nearly all of the show’s main characters in attendance. In the clip alone we see Cersei, Jaime, Bronn, Euron Greyjoy, Tyrion, Ser Jorah Mormont, Pod, Missandei, Grey, Varys, Theon, Davos, the Hound, Brienne and, of course, Jon Snow. In the same room, at the same time. One of the most radical things about Game of Thrones has been the way it kept its central characters spread across the world on their own separate adventures, sometimes for seasons at a time. That approach makes the reunions all the more exhilarating.
So, if concocting that ludicrous plan was the only way the writers could figure out how to get everyone in the same room at the same time, then so be it. We’re ready to have our minds melted.