Did Anyone Catch the Starbucks Cup in Last Night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode?

Season eight of Game of Thrones has featured several surprise celebrity appearances, including Rob McElhenny and Chris Stapleton. However, we never expected to see a cameo in the form of a pumpkin spice latte, and that’s exactly what happened.

During last night’s episode of the popular HBO series, the characters threw a celebratory feast in Winterfell, which included an unexpected “prop” in plain sight: a Starbucks coffee cup.

The scene took place around the 17-minute mark and featured Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) congratulating Jon (Kit Harington) on his successes while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) sat in a nearby chair.

Upon closer inspection, several fans noticed the branded Starbucks cup visibly sitting on the table in front of Jon’s chair, which contradicts the show’s timeline/geography, since the coffee company wasn’t founded until 1971…and doesn’t exist in the fictional world of Westeros.

So, was it a mistake on behalf of the filmmakers? Well, we highly doubt they’d OK the prop, despite the fact that Dany totally looks like a Starbucks kind of gal. And HBO later released a statement, saying, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.” The network then digitally erased the cup and re-uploaded the episode, as if nothing happened. 

This isn’t the first time GoT fans called out the show’s filmography. Last week, after season eight, episode three aired on HBO, viewers were quick to criticize the dark cinematography during the Battle of Winterfell. The filmmakers later released a statement blaming the TVs.

Still, we’re left with one burning question: Would the crew have noticed the Starbucks cup if the scenes weren’t so dark? Answer: Probably.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO next Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.


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