25 Best 'Game of Thrones' Episodes – Updated

From Blackwater to the Battle of the Bastards, we count down the HBO fantasy epic's most memorable hours

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'The Dance of Dragons' (Season 5, Episode 9)
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20. 'The Dance of Dragons' (Season 5, Episode 9)

Sandwiched as it is in between the carnage of "Hardhome" and the wall-to-wall climaxes of "The Children," you might think the penultimate episode of Season Five would be easy to overlook. But between Daenerys's dramatic dragonback escape from the Meereenese insurgency and Stannis Baratheon's brutal sacrifice of his own daughter to the fires of the Red God, this installment contains some of the series' most exhilarating and appalling moments.

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