There has been talk for quite some time that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale will be the longest episode of the show's history, and now that has been officially confirmed. HBO revealed today that the Season 7 finale episode will be entitled The Dragon and the Wolf, which will clock in at a whopping 79 minutes and 43 seconds. While that does come in just under the 81 minutes the episode was previously rumored to be, it is still more than enough to become the longest episode in Game of Thrones history.
The hit fantasy show's previous record for the longest episode was last week's episode, Beyond the Wall, which, at 70 minutes long, just barely beat out the Season 6 finale, The Winds of Winter, which clocked in at 69 minutes long. Unfortunately, HBO wouldn't release any further details about the show, but the title alone, The Dragon and the Wolf, on the surface, suggests that Daenerys Targaryen, whose house sigil is a dragon, and Jon Snow, whose Stark sigil is a wolf, will figure heavily into the story. It could also mean that Jon Snow's secret heritage may finally come to light for everyone in Westeros, not just a select few.
Thanks to Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) greensight vision in the Season 6 finale, fans finally learned the truth about Jon Snow. In both the hit series and the George R.R. Martin novels the series is based on, Jon Snow has always been identified as the "bastard" son of Ned Stark (Sean Bean), but in the finale, a long-held fan theory was finally proven true, that Jon Snow is in fact the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, giving him a true claim to the Iron Throne to rule all of Westeros. That also makes Daenerys Targaryen the aunt of Jon Snow, which could make things quite interesting, given what seemed to be a romantic spark between the two in Beyond the Wall.
It's also worth noting, in the fifth episode this season, Eastwatch, that Gilly (Hannah Murray) discovered something quite interesting in the diary of the High Septon of Maynard. It seems that Maynard issued an annulment for Rhaegar Targaryen, so he could marry a second wife in a secret ceremony in Dorne. It seems that Rhaegar had his marriage to his first wife, Elia Martell, annulled so he could marry Lyanna Stark. This means that, since they were both married, their son Jon Snow is not a bastard born out of wedlock, but a legitimate member of both families, giving him a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne.
Still, with Gilly and Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) still in Oldtown, and Bran Stark still in Winterfell, as far as we know, it remains to be seen how Jon Snow's true heritage will come to light for the rest of these characters. We've seen in the season finale trailer that Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister come face to face with Queen Cersei Lannister, to try and convince her that the only war that matters is with the Night King and his army of White Walkers, which everyone has to fight together for the survival of all mankind. It's also worth noting that the Game of Thrones hackers have threatened to release the Season 7 finale early, but it still remains unclear if that will happen or not. Take a look at the recent tweet from the Game of Thrones Twitter, which confirms the season finale's runtime and title.