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Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been absolutely wild. With just a handful of episodes left before the series concludes forever, HBO and company have delivered a season chock full of WTF moments, reunions, and wild action sequences. And the finale episode looks like it's going to be just as nuts. "The Dragon and the Wolf" is set to be the series' longest episode in history, and it's also going to provide something that hasn't happened since the show's very first episode. Namely, that a ton of the lead characters will all be gathered in the same place.
While the trailer for "The Dragon and the Wolf" teases an exciting confrontation, it turns out it'll contain the majority of the starring cast. EW's spoiler room confirmed this, stating that it'll be the largest group of leading actors since Robert Baratheon visited Winterfell in the very first episode. This and The Purple wedding are the two largest ensembles in the show's history, although Joffrey's Wedding had most of the supporting King's Landing cast, rather than the show's lead characters.
This news makes the impending finale even more exciting, and should amp up excitement for the millions of loyal Game of Thrones fans that have followed Westeros' journey over the past seven years (or decades, if you read the books). For the majority of the show's long tenure on air, the main character have been capsulated in their own stories. Jon was at the Wall, Arya was in Essos, Cersei in King's Landing, and so on. But now the majority of the cast will be one place, as Jon attempts to convince Cersei to join their alliance against the Night King and his army of the dead.
While this ensemble scene is going to have the fandom drooling with anticipation, there is one major character that has been noticeably missing from the trailer and stills released for "The Dragon and the Wolf". Dany's finale appearance hasn't been shown yet, so it's unclear what the Khaleesi and Breaker of Chains is up to. She'll presumably be mourning the death of Viserion in Dragonstone, although it's strange that she wouldn't be present in the meeting at the Dragonpit. Perhaps she doesn't want to reveal that she's lost one of her dragons, or they want to protect her from Cersei's tricks. After all, the last time Cersei's enemies gathered in one place she blew it up with Wildfire.
I can't wait to see Jon Snow and Cersei come face to face. Because while Cersei is an unreasonable and savage woman, she's never really interacted with the Bastard of Winterfell. She's often unable to listen to reason and will certainly want Tyrion's head, but perhaps Jon will be able to convince her of the very real danger just beyond the wall. Let's just hope that wight they captured hasn't decomposed too badly.
Game of Thrones' finale will air this Sunday on HBO. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.