Following a half-dozen explosive episodes, the seventh season of Game of Thrones is coming to an end on August 27. Fans are particularly excited for this final chapter because it will show us where the show is going for its final season (which is expected to be released next year).
The teaser attached to "Beyond The Wall" gave us an idea of what to expect from it:
Aside from the powerhouse reunion, there wasn't much in the teaser for us to pick out. Fortunately, a newly-surfaced detail might have given us a clue for one of the biggest developments in the series yet. HBO has revealed the name of the Season 7 finale (drumroll please): "The Dragon And The Wolf."
You better prepare yourself to watch this episode, because it will be the longest one in the show's history, clocking in at an impressive 79 minutes and 43 seconds — or 1 hour, 19 minutes. While #HBO is keeping story details close to its chest, the title holds a lot of weight for the show and its future. There are two possible meanings behind it...
Is Jon and Daenerys's Relationship Taking The Next Step?
As mentioned, the Season 7 finale teaser showed us a big reunion between Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, Daenerys and Jon Snow as they prepare to go to war against the White Walkers. But here's the thing, "The Dragon and the Wolf" (a clear reference to the Starks and Targaryens) is noticeably lacking a Lannister reference, which could hint at the episode focusing on the Stark and Targaryen houses –– specifically their most famous members right now, Dany and Jon.
"Beyond the Wall" confirmed what fans have been speculating for a long time: Jon and Dany have strong feelings for each other. The pair shared a tender moment when the Targaryen ruler praised our favorite former bastard for his bravery, and Jon in turn decided to bend the knee.
This is speculation on my part, but with that precedent — and the title hinting at a strong focus on the characters — the finale could further their relationship and show them coming to terms with their mutual romantic feelings. Full disclosure, I'm not a fan of them becoming an item (because well, they're aunt and nephew), but Game of Thrones is famous for the casual way in which it deals with incest, so anything's possible.
Or ... Will Jon Finally Discover That He Is A Targaryen?
With that said, what if the title isn't hinting at Jon and Dany falling in love, but at the possibility of the King of the North finally realizing his true identity? We learned last season (courtesy of Bran) that Jon wasn't Ned Stark's bastard, but rather the son of Lyanna Stark and #RhaegarTargaryen. That makes Jon both a Stark and a Targaryen. Essentially, he's a dragon and a wolf at the same time.
Taking that into account, "The Dragon and The Wolf" could be a sign of both sides of the character finally coming together, of Jon Snow learning his true origin. That's not some wild speculation on my part either. Earlier in the month, the HBO leaks reportedly revealed that Rhaegar will be making an appearance in Season 7 (rumored to be played by Wilf Scolding). There's only one episode left, which means the finale will most likely mark the prince's long-awaited introduction.
Furthermore, it was confirmed earlier this season that Jon wasn't a bastard, because Rhaegar dissolved his previous marriage and then tied the knot with Lyanna during their eloping adventure. Again, this is speculation, but Rhaegar's first appearance could be interwoven with Jon finally figuring out his true identity.
That would have great implications going into Season 8, because Jon Snow would now be entitled to the Iron Throne, which could theoretically cause a whole lot of problems for Cersei, who forcefully took it. (And for Dany, who has spent years building an army to win it back for her family.)
Out of the two possible meanings behind the title, I'm hoping it's the latter. Jon has lived his whole life feeling like he doesn't belong anywhere, so it'd be nice to see him realize his relevant lineage. Either way, though, going by the show's reputation of shocking season finales, we're in for a quite a surprise for Season 7.
We'll get to know for sure when "The Dragon and The Wolf" arrives on August 27.
Do you think the episode will focus on Dany and Jon's relationship? If not, what could it be referring to? Let me know in the comments!