On Sunday evening, the Twitterverse exploded several hours after the fifth episode of Game of Thrones aired in its final season. The reason for this sudden renewed conversation was kind of surprising: a modern coffee cup was spotted in one of the scenes, one that many fans speculated was a Starbucks cup.
To TMZ, Game of Thrones Art Director Hauke Richter confirmed the accidental coffee cup, but debunked any Starbucks theories, saying that the cup was from a local shop in Ireland, where they were filming. He said, “We are usually so diligent that this does not happen. The shoot was very hard and demanding and it is likely that after a very tiring ep 3 shoot, this was simply overlooked by an exhausted crew.”
But amid all of the hard investigative work done by GOT fans, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time a coffee cup has been found in the show. In season four, during a behind-the-scenes take of Joffrey’s wedding, Jaime can be seen holding a coffee cup — with an apparently regrown hand, as well.
This scene didn’t make it to air, but many fans noticed it when watching the behind-the-scenes coverage and pointed it out.
In an email to Variety, Richter argued that the most recent coffee cup snafu has been dramatically blown out of proportion, largely because of how meticulous the show has been up until the point, in terms of never making mistakes.
He said, “Things can get forgotten on set…[this has been] so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with ‘Thrones’ so far.”
To be fair, there was still a good amount of response to the Jaime Lannister coffee cup spot in 2014. One user wrote at the time, “Got home and watching the 2 episodes of season 4 of
#got …why does Jaime Lannister have a coffee cup and how did he regrow his hand?!”
Another wrote, “jaime lannister is holding a coffee cup at the wedding in game of thrones. wut”
The Game of Thrones crew didn’t appear to provide any public response to the call-out in that instance, likely because it was a behind-the-scenes take, and not one that aired in the actual episode.