Game of Thrones: Recap and “Inside the Episode #9” (VIDEO)

"Game of Thrones" is our modern day Dickens: the best of times and the worst of times.

Daenerys Targaryen realizes her birthright o
Daenerys Targaryen realizes her birthright on "Game of Thrones." Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2015 – We all know what’s coming at us during Episode 9 in any season of the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” For four seasons now, the show has delivered the most action-packed, stomach churning, plot-twisting developments. We’ve seen some epic battles, lots of deaths and one truly awful wedding.

Season 5 delivered an Episode 9 leaving fans feeling as if we took a body shot to the gut. We barely caught our breath in time to yell at the screen as the tremendous battle scenes in Meereen took place, capped off by the sight of Daenerys Targaryen realizing her birthright, flying away on the back of her dragon Drogon.

See this week’s “Inside the Episode” video with a look behind the scenes of this breathtaking episode here. Producers call the scene in the fighting pits with Dany and Drogon “the most powerful and seamless illusions we’ve ever created on the show.” We wouldn’t disagree.

Didn’t we deserve this reward for sticking with the series this year? It’s been tough even for the most loyal fan to hang in there as we watch the plot building toward these final moments. We have been witness to Sansa Stark’s abuse at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, the imprisonment first of the Tyrells and then of Cersei, the overunning of Hardhome by the White Walkers, and then the truly awful sacrificial death of Shireen Baratheon.

But when we see Dany flying off on Drogon, as Tyrion Lannister looks on in awe and wonder, his face says it for all of us.

The conclusion will bring us back to Stannis Baratheon’s march toward Winterfell; Sansa Stark takes her fate into her own hands, as best she can; Arya Stark faces a turning point in becoming a Faceless Man; Jon Snow grapples with reality in the North; and Cersei Lannister reaches her breaking point.

“Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week).

We hope to see you Sunday at 9 p.m. for our final Communities Digital News “Game of Thrones” Fan Chat for Season 5.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is president/owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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