UPDATE: Furthermore, Executive Producer Bernie Caulfield apologized to fans of the series, ensuring that the mishap only occurs once in a bloom. “Our on-set prop people and decorators are so on it, a thousand percent,” she reassured viewers. While many followers raised an eyebrow at the seemingly amateur mistake, a few were quick to defend Game of Thrones and its showrunners, stating that their high-caliber production level can be exhausting for anyone.
For anyone watching #gameofthrones who has worked production with tight deadlines & extremely long shoot days, where everyone is beyond tired & the end is nearly in sight…
A misplaced coffee cup isn’t that odd of an occurrence.
How they didn’t catch it in the dailies, tho…
— Aᴀʀᴏɴ Pʀᴜɴᴇʀ (@AaronFlux) May 6, 2019
A few hours and a dozen or so headlines later, HBO has come out with an official statement on Starbucksgate and the recent appearance of a coffee cup in last night’s Game of Thrones episode “The Last of the Starks.”
In regards to the Tall beverage, HBO states “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.” An executive producer of the show named Bernie Caulfield also confirmed that the cup was a mistake on a radio show this morning, stating: “Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks.”
— Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch) May 6, 2019
TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) May 6, 2019
Some feel the discontinuity of the series is at an all-time high following season 8, episode 3, and not catching a coffee cup blatantly visible in the shot doesn’t bode well for folks disappointed with the series’ endgame so far. Lore and prophecies like Azor Ahai have all but been ignored, according to disgruntled viewers online, however, many also believe the act was intentionally done to get people talking about the show more. The Starbucks cup arrives at the 17:40 mark of the episode.
Check out the images and reactions below, then check out the preview for episode 5, the penultimate installment of the series.
1. After last week’s #GameOfThrones, the cinematographer had to fight off criticism that it was too dark and people couldn’t see.
2. So this week he inserts an offending Starbucks cup into dark scene.
3. People spot the cup, cinematographer vindicated.https://t.co/V2Xx05BatT
— Vlad Savov (@vladsavov) May 6, 2019
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
Actually, there has been a coffee cup hidden in every episode of Game of Thrones
Can you find them all?
— Paul Tassi (@PaulTassi) May 6, 2019