If you watched Game of Thrones last night you might have spotted something a little out of place. No, there wasn’t an ewok riding a dragon or anything as cool as that. The HBO show aired a modern coffee cup that was definitely not supposed to be in the shot.
The mistaken coffee cup appears at roughly the 17:50-minute mark in the episode titled, “The Last of the Starks,” and as you can see, it’s clearly a to-go cup from the 21st century.
Can you spot it? Maybe this zoom will help.
Yep, there it is. Someone was enjoying their pumpkin spice half-caf double latte before the camera was rolling and forgot to get rid of it.
Social media users quickly turned the rogue coffee cup into a meme, poking fun at how difficult it would be if the Mother of Dragons gave her full name at Starbucks.
— Joseph (@TheGeneralSYD) May 6, 2019
— Ronnie????Vuki???? (@VRonni3) May 6, 2019
— Jennifer Ross (@JennyFefs) May 6, 2019
Turns out we #GoT it wrong…
— Maxamuud-Aar (@MoHussein) May 6, 2019
Her name is long and Starbucks isn’t supposed to be in the Game of Thrones universe. Get it? Do you get it?
It was a dumb mistake, especially given how closely the show is watched, but Game of Thrones certainly wasn’t the first high-profile movie or TV show to make this kind of error. There’s a long tradition of period dramas and action films where modern-day conveniences and contemporary fashion accidentally make their way into the final cut.
For example, the 1995 movie Braveheart accidentally showed a modern van during a big battle scene, the 2000 film Gladiator included a gas cylinder on one of its chariots, and the 1959 movie Ben Hur included a modern wristwatch.
And just last year, the The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman included a promotional shot of a reporter who’s wearing an Apple Watch. The movie was set in 1987, long before smartwatches were a thing. Can you spot it below?
Again, it’s too bad that the Game of Thrones gaffe couldn’t be something badass like an ewok on a dragon. I swear it would be cool. But I guess we’ll have to settle for something like this, where Starbucks invades Winterfell. Sorry, but this is canon now.