Eagle-eyed fans tuning into Season 8, Episode 4 (‘The Last Of The Starks’) of the hit show spotted an anachronistic coffee cup—lid, sleeve, and all—sitting in front of Daenerys Targaryen in a celebratory scene in Winterfell.
The lone coffee cup was visible at around the 17-minute mark. Just as Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was being congratulated by his wildling friends and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was feeling visibly upset and uncomfortable over the adulation, the cup appeared on the table between them.
my favorite show in the entire world forgot a STARBUCKS COFFEE CUP ON THE TABLE WHILE FILMING pic.twitter.com/60z3pOCfg9— zane (@zane) May 6, 2019
“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” HBO wrote in a statement on Twitter. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
Game of Thrones art director Hauke Richter said in an email to Variety that items on set often go unnoticed and appear in the final cuts of movies and TV shows, but the mistake was a bigger deal because it had never before happened on Thrones.
“Things can get forgotten on set,” he wrote, according to Variety. “[The coffee cup error has been] so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with Thrones so far.”
Starbucks also chimed in with a tweet, joking: “TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink.”
TBH we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink.— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) May 6, 2019
The gaffe all but took over Twitter for the day.
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, and Drinker of Pumpkin Spice pic.twitter.com/BOPdolRhXz— Ira Madison III (@ira) May 6, 2019
when the long night is over and they get your Starbucks order wrong pic.twitter.com/8eBHlth5qy— Danny (@recordsANDradio) May 6, 2019
coffee cup discourse has aged me 138 years— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) May 6, 2019
Me trying to comment on the news today:— Alise Morales (@AliseNavidad) May 6, 2019
wow cant believe meghan markle went into labor because game of thrones had a coffee cup in the shot
Though, as one Twitter user pointed out, there was far more important business going on in the background of last night’s episode.
People keep talking about the coffee cup, but how come no one noticed Podrick scored with not one, but TWO bar maids? pic.twitter.com/sVDfEOcdQ0— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) May 6, 2019
h/t Variety, Twitter