UPDATE: HBO has finally removed the coffee cup from the scene where it was visible. Also, the cup isn’t from the coffee chain company, Starbucks, it actually came from the production’s craft services according to the WSJ.
On Sundays airing of Game of Thrones final season episode 4, a Starbucks coffee cup was spotted early during a scene in the Last of the Starks episode. The to-go cup was left on set and had fans irritated that a slip-up of this magnitude happened on TVs most expensive show – it has a budget of $15 million per episode.
Holy crap I had to go back to see that Starbucks cup on Game of Thrones and take a screenshot. How did the editing team miss this? LOL pic.twitter.com/GEcjbbP5p7
— 𝚔𝚒𝚛𝚞𝚝𝚒 (@kiruti) May 6, 2019
See it here too
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 starbucks cup… as if we needed any more proof they dont give a shit pic.twitter.com/948IakEUe1
— ,, (@danystormborn) May 6, 2019
The episode has alot of drinking during it early scenes as they celebrate defeating the Night King and his army of white walkers in an episode that was shot for straight up 55 minutes and it’s only fair that everyone involved have some caffeine in their blood streams, am I right?
But others had a different take
I’m absolutely losing it that they somehow left a Starbucks coffee cup in the dead middle of that shot prominently displayed what type of sleep deprivation rushed deadline production nightmare
— muna (@Muna_Mire) May 6, 2019
— Joseph (@TheGeneralSYD) May 6, 2019
Fans were wondering if it was a subtle product placement or just the cinematographers redeeming themselves after complaints of Episode 3 being too dark to see.
Broke: they accidentally left a starbucks cup on the set, oops
Woke: Starbucks is canon in Game of Thrones world
— Mint Alquior (@MintXIV) May 6, 2019
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
The fact that there was a Starbucks cup in tonight’s Game of Thrones that no producers or editors noticed throughout multiple cuts merely 1 week after the DP yelled that the show’s not too dark to see is truly *chef’s kiss*
— Jen D'Angelo (@jenlikespizza) May 6, 2019
— Allison Minick (@Allison_Minick) May 6, 2019
Memes ensued as usual.
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 you want to be ruler of the seven kingdoms but all anyone wants to talk about is the Starbucks cup you left on the table pic.twitter.com/MOOwXm08nw
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 6, 2019
TBH we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink.
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) 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
We now have answers. The out of place coffee cup wasn’t a product placement but a mistake that Game of Thrones Executive Bernie Caulfield is sorry fans had to see and that they’re sorry.
“If that’s the worst thing they’re finding then we’re in good shape.”
“If that’s the worst thing they’re finding then we’re in good shape,” he added in an optimistic tone when he had an interview with WNYC Radio.
We’re still yet to know if that scene will be updated to remove the cup. Game of Thrones even tweeted this out.
News from Winterfell.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 6, 2019