In response to a coffee cup accidentally appearing in a scene in Sunday’s episode — in the proximity of Clarke’s Daenerys, who was seated at a table — the actress seemingly said that she’s not guilty in a new Instagram post. Along with a throwback of herself alongside Jason Momoa, who was Khal Drogo, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, she’s clutching a disposable cup, sans the Starbucks logo, and wrote, “The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea.”
In case you’re worried, Clarke’s post — which had the hashtag “for future reference, I leave the bag in” — noted that the reunion photo wasn’t a spoiler.
What Clarke didn’t say in her quippy post, however, is who did leave the cup in the scene. Regardless, the internet has theories. Earlier, it was speculated that it belonged to Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa.
The GoT brass had a humorous response after the mistake was noticed on Monday night. A tweet from the show said, “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
Bernie Caulfield, an executive producer on the show, also addressed the error in an interview with WNYC radio. In addition to saying she was “sorry,” she joked that “Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks.” But she downplayed the error, saying, “If that’s the worst thing they’re finding, then we’re in good shape.”
However, fans were disappointed to catch the mistake. They called it “unprofessional” and asked if the showmakers have a case of “senioritis” now that the show — which reportedly costs $15 million an episode to make — is wrapping up its final season. By Tuesday, the cup had been digitally removed from re-airings of the show.
According to CNBC, Starbucks received an estimated $2.3 billion in free advertising over the mistake.
But the true kicker is that it wasn’t even a Starbucks cup. GoT‘s art director Hauke Richter told TMZ that the now notorious cup was not from Starbucks, but rather a local coffee shop in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, near where they filmed.
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