It’s been hard for us to accept that Season 7 of Game of Thrones is almost over, but at least we know the season finale is going out with a bang by being the show’s longest episode ever.
According to HBO’s website, Season 7 Episode 7 will have a whopping run time of 80 minutes. At one hour and twenty minutes, that’s just under feature film length!
For comparison, the Season 6 finale, “Winds of Winter,” had a then-record high run time of 68 minutes. Since then, only last Sunday’s “Beyond The Wall” barely beat that with a 70 minute total. Now the finale, titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” will add an additional ten minutes.
With so many key plot points up in the air, the episode will need all the time it can get to resolve as many story beats as possible. Let’s recap what we can expect to see in the (hopefully) epic finale.
WARNING: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6, “Beyond The Wall”
Snow In King’s Landing
Winter has finally arrived, so it was only a matter of time until Snow hit the capital of Westeros. As seen in the official trailer, Jon Snow will meet with Queen Cersei in the Dragonpit of King’s Landing to discuss an armistice.
This will mark Jon’s first trip to King’s Landing as well as his first meeting with Cersei Lannister. Major fan favorites travelling with Jon will also be in attendance, including Tyrion, Davos, and the Hound. Of course, Cersei’s Mountain will no doubt be by her side, meaning yes, Cleganebowl 2017 get hype!
Arya Vs. Sansa Vs. Littlefinger
After the tense buildup all throughout last week’s episode, the finale will presumably offer a conclusion to the battle of minds taking place in Winterfell between Littlefinger and the Stark sisters.
Last week’s episode appears to have left off with Sansa fearing Arya and leaning towards Littlefinger for guidance, but things could easily change. With Arya’s ability to take on different faces, we could see her assuming the role of either one of them. Will it be Sansa or Littlefinger that Arya targets?
Daenerys + Jon
Epic battles and ice dragons aside, one of the biggest moments of Season 7 Episode 6 was when Jon swore loyalty to Queen Daenerys below deck while leaving Eastwatch. After a season of Dany trying to get Jon to bend the knee, it’ll be interesting to see what their alliance will look like now that it’s formally forged. Will news of this travel to Winterfell? Might the two rulers unite through marriage?
It’s worth noting that Daenerys is not seen in King’s Landing in the finale trailer. Perhaps Jon is serving as her ambassador in light of the new alliance.
With 80 minutes in front of us, it’s likely we’ll see all of these things play out and more as Game of Thrones sets the stage for its eighth and final season. It’ll be a while before new episodes come around, though, so savor that 80 minutes like it’s your last night in Westeros!
What would you like to see most from the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale?