Somehow, a disposable coffee cup found its way into last night’s episode of Game of Thrones. In Winterfell’s main hall, Tormund sloppily toasts Jon as Daenerys watches nervously in the background, concerned that her lover-slash-nephew could challenge her for the Iron Throne. It’s a stressful time for the Khaleesi, and apparently, she prefers to calm her nerves with lattés instead of wine.
Yes, instead of a metal chalice — maybe something bejeweled, she is the Queen after all — the Mother of Dragons had what looked suspiciously like a Starbucks coffee cup sitting in front of her at a banquet celebrating the victory of the living in the Battle of Winterfell. It’s a big, obvious goof that made it into one of the most widely and closely watched shows in television history. Yikes.
After last week’s exhausting, gruesome battle, this week’s episode offered a more measured tone: palace intrigue punctuated by a couple of heartbreaking deaths. The coffee cup gaffe was a rare moment of levity for the show, and fans on Twitter were quick to react with jokes that roasted (sorry, we had to do it) the producers who somehow didn’t notice it.
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
bran saw that starbucks cup but didn’t tell anyone
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) May 6, 2019
The chain’s well-known practice of labeling cups for its customers was the basis for more than one jab.
— Shivansh Aashat (@Shivansh_aashat) May 6, 2019
GoT set person 1: Who left a Starbucks cup in the shot?
GoT set person 2: I don’t know. Check for a name.
GoT set person 1: (picks up cup and examines) A cup has no name.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) May 6, 2019
The coffee chain itself was also mocked, however inadvertent its involvement in the gaffe was.
The irony of the Unburnt drinking Starbucks
— Dad (@fivefifths) May 6, 2019
Other viewers pointed out that this isn’t even the first time a modern cup has made it onto the show.
Everyone freaking out about the Starbucks cup in a Game of Thrones episode is also forgetting about this masterpiece of television from a few seasons ago pic.twitter.com/qADPueM9Fu
— Pixlriffs 🎮 (@Pixlriffs) May 6, 2019
Filming Thrones must be an exhausting endeavor, so a steady supply of caffeine is a must. Still, how the cup made it into the episode, past an untold number of eyes, is baffling. With only two episodes left, all fans can hope for is that this is the biggest mistake the producers make.