(Warning: The following contains giant, hulking plot SPOILERS for the past few episodes of 'Game of Thrones' Season 6, including the most recently screened episode. If you're not yet all caught up on the show, then proceed with whatever level of caution your friendly neighborhood three-eyed raven suggests is wise.)
Now, the most recent episode of Game of Thrones' sixth season arrived complete with more than its fair share of gloriously teasing reveals and meaningful character developments -- but none was more fandom-shaking than the changes within Arya's Braavos-set plotline. Now, there's more about the hidden meaning behind all of that right here, but as it turns out...
Arya's Whole Recent Game Of Thrones Plotline Might Have Had A Gaping Plot Hole At Its Heart
Or, rather, at its stomach.
As intrepid Redditor Zahn1138 recently pointed out, something a little odd took place over the past two episodes of Game of Thrones. First, back in Episode 7, this happened:
Which, it seems, left Arya wandering the streets of Braavos, close to death, with an incredibly serious set of stab wounds to the stomach. The only problem? By the end of the next episode, after a little treatment from an amateur, Arya was up on her feet and running around like this:
Which, as Zahn1138 point out, doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
According To Game Of Thrones' Own Internal Logic, Arya Really Shouldn't Have Survived Those Wounds
Indeed, as Zahn1138 argues, there's really no way that Arya should have been able to survive the Waif's attack, for two key reasons:
"Infection is a serious threat in 'Game of Thrones.' For the overall story to be consistent and understandable, Arya's stab wounds should have been fatal, if not immediately (like Talisa Stark, above), then soon thereafter from vulnerability (like Khal Drogo) or from a massive peritoneal infection (like King Robert)."
According to Game of Thrones' own self-established precedent, stomach wounds like that inflicted on Arya by the Waif have tended to kill off pretty much every character that's been on the receiving end of them, whether from the wounds themselves, of the infection that is sure to follow.
With Arya falling in an-unlikely-to-be-remotely-clean canal, then, and then spending an unclear amount of time waiting in Lady Crane's dressing room -- and then being patched up by the very much not-an-actual-doctor Crane -- there would seem to be strikingly little chance of Arya surviving the attack, and even less of her being up on her feet after so little time.
Does That Mean That Game Of Thrones Just Screwed Up Massively, Then?
Well, perhaps. There's certainly a compelling logic to Zahn1138's argument -- which you can read in full here if you're so inclined -- but there's also the distinct possibility that Game of Thrones' show-runners have an excellent explanation hidden up their sleeves.
It's possible, for instance, that Arya was wearing far more armor than we supposed -- or perhaps had even been given some sort of preemptively healing concoction during her time with the Faceless Men. After all, in a world of dragons, resurrections and zombie armies, the idea of a group of face-stealing assassins having the ability to survive improbably doesn't seem all that odd. Heck, it's even possible -- if a little unlikely -- that what we actually saw during the course of Episode 8 was a much bigger jump in time than we thought -- and that Arya spent a few weeks recuperating with Lady Crane, rather than the few hours that seemed to pass.
Or, y'know, Game of Thrones' internal logic was simply suspended for a moment, in favor of a big, episode-ending shock. Either way, though:
"A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I'm going home."
And that -- much like Zahn1138's comprehensive analysis of Westerosi medical precedent -- is awesome.