After Liam Cunningham Blamed Emilia Clarke For That ‘Game Of Thrones’ Coffee Cup Snafu, She Threw Some Shade Right Back

The internet went wild over a coffee cup this week. You likely heard about it, even if you don’t watch Game of Thrones.

The stray coffee cup appeared during a banquet scene in the fourth episode of the eighth and final season of the show.

You don’t expect to see a modern coffee cup in a show set in medieval times that features dragons!

HBO has since digitally removed the cup, but the snafu isn’t 100 percent behind us just yet!

Actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Sir Davos Seaworth on the show, brought up the cup during an interview with Conan O’Brien.

He joked that Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen and in front of whom the cup appeared, probably had something to do with the production gaffe:

“These things happen, it’s a big job, people run in, and Emilia probably drinks too much coffee.”

Clarke soon responded via an interview with The Los Angeles Times, and her reaction was both firm and hilarious:

“What a bastard! I don’t even drink Starbucks. I have no idea whose it was. Liam’s a cheeky one. The funny thing is in Belfast, there is no craft coffee selling Starbucks. Unless we’ve got the Americans in, some hotshot producer, and then we’ll have Starbucks lying around.”

Ha, two can play that game, Ser Davos.

Clarke did not take that friendly jab lying down, and the jokes have just kept coming this week:

Even Starbucks joined in:

Mistake or not, that rogue coffee cup didn’t stop the show’s executive producer Bernie Caulfield from throwing some shady blame at some of the people who worked on the episode.

In an interview with WNYC, Caulfield said “our onset prop people and decorators are so on it,” implying that they definitely were not that particular day on set:

“I can’t believe [it]. Our onset prop people and decorators are so on it. 1,000 percent. I just honestly can’t… Nowadays you just can’t believe what you see, because people can put things into a photo that really doesn’t exist, but I guess, maybe it was there. I’m not sure. We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually have Starbucks. It’s a known fact.”

Interestingly enough, the coffee cup wasn’t from Starbucks at all.

Caulfield revealed it came from a coffee chain in Belfast, where the episode was filmed. Starbucks gained $2.3 billion in free advertising from the goof, a sign that it’s one of the most distinctive brands on the planet.

Perhaps that was the plan all along? If so, well done.

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