After the last episode aired fans pointed out that Game of Thrones has left a coffee cup in the Winterfell.
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 6, 2019
HBO on Monday addressed the coffee cup that was accidentally caught on film during Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode and had fans riled up.
“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” HBO said in a statement. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
News from Winterfell.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 6, 2019
During a celebration after the Battle of Winterfell, in which the Northerners defeated the Night King and his Army of the Dead, Daenerys Targaryen is seen sitting down at a table while Jon Snow and Tormund are drinking and rejoicing about their victory.
While Daenerys is observing the celebrations, she’s holding a drink of her own, but there’s an unlikely object on the table in front of her: a modern-day coffee cup, lid and all.
Fans were critical of the mishap, especially considering Game of Thrones boasted a reported budget of $15 million per episode in its eighth and final season.
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
Since viewers were well-aware that a to-go coffee cup is not something you’ll find in Westeros, they started to tweet their best jokes as soon as fans caught the mistake.
According to Bernie Caulfield, an executive producer on the show, the offending cup was just a simple mistake. “We’re sorry!” Caulfield said in an interview with WNYC radio today, before quipping that “Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks.”
Caulfield noted that the gaff is rare for the show since its “prop people and decorators are so, you know, so on it 1,000 percent,” and “if that’s the worst thing they’re finding, then we’re in good shape.” While the mistake is certainly a bit embarrassing for HBO, everyone involved seems to be taking it in good humor.