Without going too heavy into it, the scene took place during a feast held in the halls of Winterfell. In one shot you can clearly see a modern cup of coffee on the table in front of the Dragon Queen, Daenerys Targaryen.
— Sevde Kurt (@birinsan) May 6, 2019
— The Verge (@verge) May 7, 2019
News spread of the botch and wild theories ranging from time travel, revenge of the cinematographer and even Starbucks product placement all invaded social platforms.
HBO debunked those rumors in a statement that squashed all the theories and simply owned up to the fact that it was an accident…and has corrected it.
News from Winterfell.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 6, 2019
Subscribers of HBO Go and NOW will notice that the cup has been digitally erased from the episode. At the time of reporting, you can still see the cup if you have the HBO extension of Hulu, but it’ll probably be a matter of hours before they wipe that footage too.
It was also confirmed by The Wall Street Journal that the cup wasn’t from Starbucks, but simply craft services. There goes the Starbucks advertisement theory.
HBO also mentioned that with a production as big as Game of Thrones, items from craft services have occasionally been missed and made it on camera. Though luckily none as noticeable as that coffee cup.
Game of Thrones fans, the final two episodes will be airing on May 12 and May 19. With two episodes left, you can bet fans will dissect every scene for the tiniest of details. Hopefully nothing else slips by.