Starbucks Cup Seen in ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene

By Zachary Stieber

Someone on the set of “Game of Thrones” left a Starbucks cup on a table and it was seen in a scene of one of the episodes in the show’s final season.

“Game of Thrones'” last season, season 8, features 6 episodes and episode 4 aired on May 5. In a scene featuring Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), the cup is clearly seen sitting on a table.

Giantsbane is standing next to the long table, speaking with Snow as Snow sits on the edge of the table. Targaryen is sitting a bit behind them in a chair, clasping a chalice. On the table are a bowl, a platter, and candles. And the cup.

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A coffee cup on a table in the great hall of Winterfell in the fictional, very coffee-less realm of Westeros. (HBO via CNN)

Viewers on Sunday night took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the major blunder.

“They really took 2 years to make 6 episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene,” one user wrote.

The blunder came just a week after some viewers complained that the major battle featured in episode 3 was too dark and that they couldn’t see much going on throughout the clash. “Game of Thrones” cinematographer Fabian Wagner defended his work, blaming viewers for not adjusting their televisions.

“A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” he told Wired. “A lot of people also, unfortunately, watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.”New Playlist

Wagner said that the episode needed to be dark and was mostly filmed at night.

“Another look would have been wrong,” he says. “Everything we wanted people to see is there.”

Sophie Barrott, a videographer living in Manchester, was among the critics.

“There’s a fine line between creating atmosphere for your audience—who have waited eight seasons for a battle of light versus dark, the dead versus the living—to leaving them completely in the dark, straining their eyes beyond comprehension,” she told Wired. “The lack of light sources, or the over-crushed blacks in the grade of the episode, create a confusing of a mix of frustration and intense imagination.”

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Kristofer Hivju, from left, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

Episode 5 of season 8 is slated to air on May 12 while the final episode of the series will air on May 19. Several television series set in the same universe are in the works but no premiere dates have been announced as of yet.

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From left, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke and Conleth Hill in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” that aired on May 5, 2019. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)