Fans of Game of Thrones know that its creator, George R. R. Martin, is a real stickler when it comes to detail. Every character and every inch of the Seven Kingdoms, seems to have been plotted and planned, and nothing has been left to chance. Still, in its adaptation on HBO, there have been a few moments that have made fans pause. Sometimes timelines don’t quite add up, characters make questionable choices, or it seems like the rules that govern Westeros and all its inhabitants have somehow changed.
If you don’t think too hard, it’s easy to watch GoT and get swept up in its magical story and gorgeous fantasy world. But when you really start to break down some of the stories, it does get a little bit wonky. Here are 10 things about Game of Thrones that simply don’t make sense.
1. Arya surviving her stab wounds
Most of the characters that are still alive in Game of Thrones have survived some pretty brutal attacks. They’ve been raped, beaten, burned, and shot with arrows, but lived to fight another day.
In Arya Stark’s case, though, her ability to survive a brutal stabbing in the Season 6 episode “The Broken Man” was a bit too implausible. The Waif seriously went to town on her abdomen with that knife. And given the amount of blood Arya lost, where she was stabbed, and how sickly she looked afterwards, fans were sure she was a goner. She recovered quite nicely, though, which is pretty confusing when you consider the fact that her brother, Robb, was also stabbed and died almost immediately.
Some fans theorized that Arya hallucinated the whole ordeal, or that the Waif’s savage stabs somehow managed to miss every major organ and artery. But neither argument holds much water, and most have since chalked the occurrence up as a low point in the Game of Thrones writers room.