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Is this canon now?
Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Last of the Starks,” opens with a lot of drinking. Everyone who survived the Battle of Winterfell is celebrating the defeat of the Night King (thanks, Arya!). While most of these characters choose an alcoholic beverage to toast their victory, Daenerys Targaryen appears to prefer Starbucks coffee.
Many viewers noticed a to-go coffee cup placed in from of Daenerys in a shot in “The Last of the Starks.” In case you missed it—likely due to the show’s lack of lighting—watch this clip below:
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
There are a couple of theories about this lone coffee cup in Westeros. The first one is that the crew was so rushed to get this last season out that it didn’t notice (or perhaps did not care) that the cup was in the shot. Maybe they didn’t want to re-shoot it and thought no one would notice.
the starbucks cup… as if we needed any more proof they dont give a shit pic.twitter.com/948IakEUe1
— .., (@danytrump) May 6, 2019
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
Another theory: Is Starbucks canon in Game of Thrones? Did HBO sign some deal with Starbucks? If so, they’re doing a terrible job with product placement because the logo on the coffee cup is blurry and hard to make out. We’re not actually sure if it’s Starbucks-brand coffee.
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
Either way, everyone seems to love this Game of Thrones goof.
— Allison Minick (@Allison_Minick) 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
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
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 just have one question: What’s the queen’s coffee order?
Update 3:39pm CT, May 6: In a statement, HBO said: “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
Update 8:56am CT, May 7: HBO has edited the coffee cup out of the scene. It no longer appears in the episode.
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