Even if you haven’t seen the latest episode of the final season of Game of Thrones (and don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this article), you likely heard about that coffee cup snafu. It was only all over the internet.
If you’re only seeing it now, then you’re welcome.
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 6, 2019
The cup’s appearance sure had fans riled up, and many expressed their disbelief that a season that took two years to complete could feature such an error.
HBO later apologized, confirming that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake.”
— Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch) 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
Ouch. We get the sentiment, but you’d think someone would have seen that error over two years of production and editing!
Worse things could have happened. Daenerys Targaryen could have been drinking coffee from a Keurig, for starters.
For what it’s worth, the jokes kept coming.
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
Where do we even begin?
I've never watched Game of Thrones. Why wouldn't its characters drink Starbucks?
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 6, 2019
A fair assessment.
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
Can’t believe someone on Game of Thrones had a visible Starbucks cup and it wasn’t the asshole pirate guy
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) May 6, 2019
There are two episodes left, so we’re bound to find out.
The big question is, what's next for the Game of Thrones Starbucks cup? What kind of range does it have? Is it willing to do nudity?
— summer goth 🦇 (@NicCageMatch) May 6, 2019
This sounds like it came straight out of “Inside the Episode”:
GAME OF THRONES INSIDE THE EPISODE:
“We really wanted to remind people…this could all be happening today. America is falling apart…dragons COULD BE in the sky. So, we put a Starbucks cup in there. And you guys caught it, mission accomplished. It was a frap, btw.”
— Nick Lehmann (@NickStopTalking) May 6, 2019
Starbucks even had a good laugh at the whole fiasco:
TBH we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) 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.
Now that that cup is a bonafide star, we look forward to its role in at least one of the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoffs. A prequel showing us just how it got there and survived the White Walkers would be ideal.