The Dragon and the Wolf

"The Dragon and the Wolf" is the seventh and final episode of the seventh season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 67th episode overall. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Jeremy Podeswa. The title of the episode refers to the sigils of House Targaryen (the Dragon) and House Stark (the Wolf) and their newfound alliance.

"The Dragon and the Wolf"
Game of Thrones episode
Jon Snow and other supporters of Daenerys Targaryen approach the Dragonpit.
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 7
Directed byJeremy Podeswa
Written byDavid Benioff
D. B. Weiss
Featured musicRamin Djawadi
Cinematography byGregory Middleton
Editing byCrispin Green
Original air dateAugust 27, 2017 (2017-08-27)
Running time79 minutes[1]
Guest appearances
Episode chronology
"Beyond the Wall"
Game of Thrones (season 7)
List of episodes

The episode's plot includes a negotiation between Cersei and Daenerys, and a rift between Cersei and Jaime; Theon rededicates himself to Yara; Sansa and Arya unite against Littlefinger; Jon Snow is revealed to be the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen; Jon and Daenerys's romantic relationship comes to fruition; and the Army of the Dead penetrates the Wall.

"The Dragon and the Wolf" received a positive reception from critics. The pacing, however, was met with mixed reviews, and criticism was also leveled at the resemblance of Rhaegar Targaryen to his brother Viserys Targaryen. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 12.07 million in its initial broadcast, making it the highest-rated episode of the series at the time.

The episode received eight nominations at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards – making it the most Emmy Award-nominated episode of the series to date –, including for its writing, direction, music, and the performances of Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, with Djawadi and Dinklage winning in their categories. This episode marks the final appearance of Aidan Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish).

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