We know what you're thinking: Are we really going to pick apart the "logic" of a TV show about dragons, magic, and undead creatures? Yes, yes we are... but it's all in good fun, of course. This list isn't about bashing Game of Thrones, undoubtedly one of the greatest television shows of all time— it's about having a little fun with the way the show often played fast and loose with not only its own self-imposed rules, but also just general common sense. And for how often it flashed naked boobs and butts at us for no other reason than "...because HBO."
And while this should go without saying, we just want to do our due diligence here and say that this list is full of spoilers for the entire run of Game of Thrones, so proceed at your own risk if you haven't finished it yet.
15 We Kind Of Forgot...
One of the most repeated memes in Game of Thrones history is the "We kind of forgot..." meme that shows writer David Benioff with text overlaid on his picture stating something that he and the writers supposedly forgot as a way of pointing out inconsistencies, mistakes, and logical leaps the show had taken.
In this case, the meme is used to illustrate how the show spent an entire season building up various aspects of the dead army, seeming to lead to some big reveal about them and their history only to have them just get massacred without getting into any of that.
14 When All Else Fails... Get Naked
There are any number of jokes about Game of Thrones that poke fun at how many of the show's actresses seem to disrobe on screen, often for no particular reason other than audience titillation.
To be fair, there is a well-established idea in classic myths and legends of female creatures who use their sexuality as a weapon, and it's certainly not hard to believe that such a weapon would work on a lot of human men. Still, GoT, as with many HBO shows, often seems to put naked breasts on screen just because it can, and not because it serves any real story purpose.
13 Mothers Aren't Supposed To Have Favorites
Remember how Dany had three dragons? Neither did she most of the time— as this comic playfully references, she definitely seemed to only ever want to use one of them when she seemingly had three at her disposal.
Why would you only use one dragon when you commanded three? Our best guess is that, even with what had to be a pretty generous budget for a TV show, even GoT had to go easy on the spending and three CG dragons was just too resource heavy. That, or Dany was just a bad mother who completely neglected two of her "children."
12 Time Travel Is Always Messy
The longer a show like Game of Thrones goes on, a show that tells multiple complex narratives involving literally dozens of different characters involved at any one time, the easier it gets for things to get bogged down and overly complicated.
Then, when you throw in time travel, alternate timelines, and other things of that nature into the mix, well... at that point, it's best to just try and enjoy the ride without digging too much into the minutiae.
11 Work Smart, Not Hard
Game of Thrones took its time to get dragons involved, and even when it did, it tried to use them sparingly. Which makes sense, as dragons tend to put everything off balance and turn normal wars against mere mortals into the equivalent of bringing a knife to, well, a dragon fight.
There were definitely moments as the show went on where you had to suspend your disbelief and overlook the fact that there was no good reason why dragons weren't summoned to make quick work of adversaries more often.
10 Forever The Skeptic
You need a certain amount of dramatic tension with a show like Game of Thrones. If every scene where someone warned someone else about impending doom involved the other person just instantly said, "Okay, let's get ready!", there would be no build-up to a really exciting set piece.
That being said, there were times when characters were warned of pretty obvious impending doom, and they took far too long to be properly convinced and remained a skeptic for seeming no other reason than just to be irritating.
9 Never Watch GoT Before Bed
The best shows keep you up at night, not because you can't sleep out of fear or something, but because some aspect of the show has burrowed into your brain and won't let you stop thinking about it long enough to get some shuteye.
In the case of Game of Thrones, those pesky, lingering thoughts all too often involved realizing that a character has overlooked something completely obvious and, as a result, created far more trouble for himself than was necessary.
8 Dragons Are Not Ubers
It was established pretty early on in the run of Game of Thrones that Daenerys Targaryen is the type of character who you aren't sure if you should root for her or not, and whether she's ultimately going to lean more hero or villain as things progress.
One moment when things definitely seemed to lean "villain" for the Mother of Dragons is when she hogged an enormous dragon all to herself and rode it off to safety, rather than picking up a single other person and helping them escape certain doom despite her having room for at least a dozen other passengers.
7 Must Be A Housecoat
People love a good period piece for a number of reasons, but near the top is the extravagant costumes. Look at the list of all the people who have ever won an award for costume design and you'll find a disproportionate amount that clothed actors for movies and TV shows that took place in an era known for elaborate, complicated dressings.
What's funny about Game of Thrones is there seemed to be no in between— characters were either naked as the day they were born, or dressed in some multi-layered outfit that would've taken them an hour to put on, even in situations where that wouldn't have been reasonable.
6 The Easy Road Isn't As Fun
There are typically two ways to do something: the easy (boring) way, or the hard (fun) way. At least, that's the way that Game of Thrones' Wildlings seem to see things, often choosing the more complicated and difficult option even when a much simpler, less dangerous one presents itself.
But would anyone want to watch a show full of characters simply walking through front doors and safely using the steps? Sure, maybe for House Hunters or something like that, not an exciting show about dragons and beasts.
5 Wars Have Been Fought For Less
The motivation behind pretty much any action a character took at any given time on Game of Thrones was often suspect at best, and downright goofy at worst.
We could at least wrap our heads around decisions made out of greed, lust, lust for greed, or greed for lust, but there were other times when it seemed like entire wars were started that resulted in chaos all because the wind blew the wrong way or someone sneezed too loud.
4 If It Worked For The Walking Dead...
This one is a twofer, as it encompasses a logical disconnect that is shared by both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Well, and almost any TV show, movie, book, or video game that has ever involved zombies or zombie-like creatures.
Zombies seem like pretty easy enemies to avoid, as they typically shuffle along at crawling speed and have a one-track mind. So the writers of shows like GoT and TWD have to constantly come up with increasingly unbelievable reasons why the people on those shows find themselves stumbling into the mercy of zombies in order to keep them a relevant foe.
3 Ask Sean Bean About Being A "Main Character"
It used to be that a TV show's core main cast was generally safe from any kind of serious, permanent harm— unless, of course, an actor left the show for some reason. The whole idea of the red-shirted Ensign trope that was inspired by Star Trek is that disposable characters are introduced for the sole purpose of a show's bad guy having someone they could actually eliminate.
This all went out the window with Game of Thrones, as technically anybody was fair game and could be written off at any time. Hopefully any actor who joined the GoT cast had a back-up gig lined up at all times.
2 Revival Magic: Only Relevant As The Story Dictates
The most tension-filled thing to dangle in front of TV audiences is the idea that a character might perish. Few other things make a show more nail biting to watch than not knowing whether a character is going to survive whatever danger he or she is currently facing.
When magic is introduced into a fictional world, it makes the idea of worrying about the end of a character a little more complicated. Especially when, as with Game of Thrones, it seems to be completely arbitrary when a character can be resurrected and when they can't. It's the whole "Why not just use Phoenix Down on Aerith?" thing. Just because, that's why.
1 We're Friends Until We're Not
Among the many things fans of Game of Thrones learned as the show went on is that nothing is what it seems, and absolutely anything can change from one episode to the next, one scene to the next, or even during a scene.
It was hard enough keeping track of the approximately 7,000 different characters on GoT as it was— throw in the fragile alliances that would turn to rivalries and back again at the drop of hat, and you needed a notebook to keep track of who was or wasn't allies at any given moment.