I wouldn't say it makes her ineffective, she fought one the most expertest swordsmen in the realm the first time, and she wasn't even trying to fight this time, I think the bigger problem there is that if she survives a "fatal" wound every other episode it cheapens any danger she gets into. Which doesn't exactly help the show since any plot suspense is already almost nonexistent. They've made rather blatant a bunch of future "revelations"... blacksmith is the Wolf, Gwynn is the One True Queen, those drugs help the plagueling infection and might be the cure... Still, it is becoming a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, I would by no means describe the show as good, but it's a fun way to kill 40 minutes. I do find it a bit surprising that this is an original show(I say original... cliched as heck, more like ) in the post GoT times when studios bought the rights to every fantasy book ever published, so it's got that going for it at least.