With Game of Thrones now back with season six, audiences everywhere are once again gluing themselves to the TV screen every Sunday night to find out what new horrors will befall their favorite remaining characters. One of the reasons why the show has remained so insanely popular for half a decade is because of the ways it seamlessly blends subtle magic with real world elements to constantly keep viewers guessing as to just what’s possible in the world of Westeros (Jon Snow just needs a little milk of the poppy and he’ll be good to go, right?). So whether you’re searching for real life evidence to help support some the fantasy elements in the series, or you’re just looking to brew up a little Wildfire in your parents’ basement, be to check out these 11 ways that Game of Thrones can be explained with science. SPOILERS AHEAD.
11. Milk of the Poppy Is Pretty Much Morphine
Milk of the poppy is basically Game of Thrones‘ standard painkiller and is usually administered to patients who are suffering from severe wounds or who are undergoing surgery. It seems to work in much the same way that morphine does, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since, as anyone in the medical field will tell you, morphine is derived from the poppy plant.