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Takeaway coffee is accidental star of Game of Thrones

HBO make cup vanish after gaffe goes viral

The Game of Thrones scene featuring a very modern day takeaway coffee cup
The Game of Thrones scene featuring a very modern day takeaway coffee cup
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Game of Thrones fans were quick to spot a very modern drinking vessel sitting amongst the pewter goblets of old.

A forgotten coffee cup - initially thought to be from Starbucks - situated on the medieval table in front of Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, was momentarily caught on screen during last Sunday night's episode of the fantasy hit.

This quickly became the subject of much hilarity and debate on social media, followed by a multitude of memes.

While some dedicated and die-hard fans of the fantasy series were disappointed at the blunder - albeit an accidental one - others were fast as lightning with plausible and implausible rationales that could be behind the appearance of the cardboard coffee cup.

The reputation HBO has for its meticulous attention to detail in Game of Thrones has left them somewhat red faced at such an obvious oversight, but in a mea culpa tweet, GOT admitted its gaffe.

"The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. #Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea," said HBO.

The production company also shut down speculation that the cup was from the famous Seattle-based coffee shop chain, Starbucks.

The show's art director Hauke Richer told news website TMZ that the brew actually came from a local coffee shop here in Northern Ireland, not far from where the episode was filmed.

Although The Wall Street Journal yesterday quoted a source who explained that the cup had in fact originated from the "production's craft services".

That didn't stop Starbucks from spotting a commercial opportunity th ough, by plugging a sweet mango and dragon fruit flavour product within hours of the gaffe going viral.

"TBH (to be honest) we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink," the company tweeted.

Still, many fans didn't see the funny side, venting their frustration on social media that production crew had failed to spot such an obvious blunder.

One tweeted: "You're telling me they had TWO YEARS to put together a decent show and they couldn't even spot the goddamn Starbucks cup in Winterfell?"

The anachronistic item has since been digitally removed, some international media outlets reported yesterday, and no longer appears in epidsode four, season eight, on HBO's streaming platform, HBO Go. This series, most of which was shot in Northern Ireland, is its final run.

Other epic blunders that made final cut

The Game of Thrones' coffee cup blunder is just one in a long line of gaffes on our TV and cinema screens down the years.

One of the most famous was in the ancient Rome epic Ben Hur. In its final chariot race Ben Hur's enemy falls from his chariot, giving viewers a nice view of a wrist watch, widely believed to be a Rolex.

Staying with the Roman Empire, Gladiator - Russell Crowe's breakthrough hit - contains a scene which shows a chariot flipping over, revealing a gas canister.

Another film which frequently appears in 'Top 10 movie gaffes' is Mel Gibson's 13th century Scottish Independence flick, Braveheart, which has one of its key battle sequences spoiled by the appearance of a white Ford van.

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