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!
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 6, 2019
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.
Even in real life they are going behind Danys back smh
— Sir Gregor (@BootyDjoos) May 9, 2019
Here is my theory on this.. Bran evolved, now able to get things from past and future.. gets coffee from furture.. case closed..
— Arun Kumar (@Arunitsme) May 9, 2019
Ser Davos TRIED it…Khaleesi wasn’t having it and promptly tossed the “hotshot American producers” under the double decker 😏https://t.co/csgimWGBM7
— Fiyah ✊🏾 Angelou (@SweetKixx) May 9, 2019
Clarke did not take that friendly jab lying down, and the jokes have just kept coming this week:
That Starbucks cup in Game of Thrones really broke the reality of a dragon-riding lady in love with a guy who came back from the dead.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 7, 2019
See the Starbucks cup in the last Game of Thrones? I bet you didn't see this. BLINK AND YOU'LL MISS IT! pic.twitter.com/ibnuovuGMI
— Blake Northcott 📔✨ (@BlakeNorthcott) May 7, 2019
People should wait till the series finale of Game of Thrones before they jump to the conclusion that the Starbucks cup doesn’t belong.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) May 6, 2019
— Jed Stark 🐺 First of his name (@johnerickdgreat) May 7, 2019
Even Starbucks joined in:
TBH we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) May 6, 2019
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.”
— All Of It With Alison Stewart (@AllOfItWNYC) May 6, 2019
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.
Build. Strong. Distinctive. Brands.
'The cup is not from Starbucks, but the association is a testament to its brand’s strength.'
Starbucks got an estimated $2.3 billion in free advertising from ‘Game of Thrones’ gaffe, and it wasn’t even its coffee cup https://t.co/tEPKKqNXCF
— Alex Bourgeois (@wakanouka) May 8, 2019
Perhaps that was the plan all along? If so, well done.