‘Game of Thrones’: Who Left a Coffee Cup in Westeros?

Game of Thrones fans passionately took to Twitter after the most recent episode. And, no, not because a favorite character got her head chopped off (though there was a little bit of that, too). It was because a coffee cup was left on set during a shot of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) sitting at the Winterfell banquet table.

Emilia Clarke | Taylor Hill/Getty Images
Emilia Clarke | Taylor Hill/Getty Images

The last and final season of Game of Thrones has a famously huge budget and took a famously long time to film/edit. Fans are shocked, mortified, and tickled that a little coffee cup slipped through the cracks.

Starbucks, thanking all the Westeros Gods for this free publicity, of course, capitalized on the mistake with a tweet that read:

“TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink.”

Fans of the show also took to Twitter to comment on the gaffe.

“ooooh i get it now they all have STARBUCKS names,” wrote one user.

“Guys it’s not Starbucks, it’s Winterfell’s own coffee chain “Dire cup” #GameofThrones,” wrote another.

“Seeing a Starbucks cup in game of thrones really frustrates me. In the books Westeros only has Peet’s coffee, while Starbucks can only be found in eastern parts of Essos and-” wrote user Shayne Topp.

“The whole show takes place in a Starbucks, you idiots. Read the books,” Tweets another fan.     

HBO’s response

HBO made a statement addressing the coffee cup.

“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea,” the company joked.

So whose fault was it that a Starbucks coffee cup ended up in the shot? As with many facets of a big-budget production, the responsibility falls on the shoulders of many.

The art director, Hauke Richter, told Variety that the cup had simply been forgotten on set and that this whole thing has been “so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with ‘Thrones’ so far.”

Executive producer Bernie Caulfield told All of It” that she’s shocked the cup made it into the scene, but she also joked it off.

“Our on-set prop people and decorators are so on it 1,000%,” she said. “Nowadays you can’t believe what you see ’cause people can put things into a photo that really doesn’t exist. But I guess maybe it was there, I’m not sure. But, yeah. We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks, and it’s a little-known fact.”

Other season 8 critiques

This isn’t the first critique the Game of Thrones team has received from fans. Many fans complained that “The Long Night” was way too dark. It was, overall, a well-received episode, if only it were more easily viewed.

“I’m not saying Game Of Thrones was dark this week but I think Bran saw more than I did,” said Matt Lucas on Twitter.

The show’s cinematographer, Fabian Wagner, spoke out in response to the criticism and said the episode was purposefully dark to better transport the viewer to how the characters were feeling just before the battle against the undead. But, also, that it might have been a technical issue on the audience’s end.

“A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly … A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway,” he told Wired.  

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