Daenerys Targaryen had a lousy week on Game of Thrones, but she wasn’t the only one.
Eagle-eyed viewers of Sunday’s episode noticed a Starbucks cup on a table by Emilia Clarke’s character as she shared a scene with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Winterfell crew.
It prompted a huge reaction on Twitter, leading the show to acknowledge the error — with humor — by Monday afternoon. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea,” they joked.
Bernie Caulfield, an executive producer on the show, also addressed the error in an interview with WNYC radio on Monday. In addition to an “I’m sorry,” she joked that “Westeros was the first place to actually, you know, have Starbucks.” She also quipped, “If that’s the worst thing they’re finding, then we’re in good shape.”
But here’s how it played out: Twitter sleuths were quickly on the case to verify that the “Starbucks cup gaffe was real.”
Some fans were really upset about the mix-up, calling it “unprofessional” and accusing the production team of having “senioritis” in the HBO show’s last season.
The fact that anybody is able to bring a Starbucks cup onto a hot set makes me feel like they've got senioritis over in Westeros.— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) May 6, 2019
But the majority of the posts were jokey in nature. From now until forever, folks will think of her as “Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen ... the Mother of Dragons ... and Drinker of Pumpkin Spice.”
Fun fact: George R R Martin got all his character names from the ones baristas write on Starbucks cups. pic.twitter.com/cX7NoZg3pi— Scott Matthewman (@scottm) May 6, 2019
Give me the oral history of the Starbucks cup in the frame!!!! pic.twitter.com/4CkFJXFQ91— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) May 6, 2019
Someone left Starbucks on the set of Game of Thrones.— Travis Akers (@travisakers) May 6, 2019
Now everyone in the Seven Kingdoms thinks Daenerys is sipping PSLs, her real name is Becky, and she shops at Target three times a week in yoga pants.#GOT #Daenerys pic.twitter.com/vbW9theuuj
Winterfell really got the first Starbucks in history. Crazy. pic.twitter.com/abslRqwZKr— Matthew A. Cherry 🏁 (@MatthewACherry) May 6, 2019
Okoye is gonna be pissed that Westeros got a Starbucks before Wakanda. pic.twitter.com/u3QphfcfH5— SEK✨ (@itwaslikemagic1) May 6, 2019
Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains, and Drinker of Pumpkin Spice pic.twitter.com/BOPdolRhXz— Ira Madison III (@ira) May 6, 2019
“There will never be a show ending more disappointing than Dexter...”— ¨̮ (@mfayax) May 6, 2019
GoT: Hold my Starbucks pic.twitter.com/1CTXhiAyXX
I knew Starbucks had reach, but who knew the North would be the first to get one in Westeros. https://t.co/LIcEz3qGZV— Emma Fraser (@frazbelina) May 6, 2019
+What's your Starbucks name?— Ulu Firmino (@firminojen) May 6, 2019
-Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, andMother of Dragons#GameOfThrones #GOT #GOTS8E4 pic.twitter.com/47j00qMX8x
GoT cinematographer: i know there are exactly the right amount of starbucks cups in the shot bc i shot it https://t.co/MKW5ifKKtb— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) May 6, 2019
Starbucks and GOT a partnership I didn't see coming 😂 #GameofThrones— Claudia (spring gal 🌸) (@curlybaeholland) May 6, 2019
Making it all even funnier, Starbucks actually has something called the Dragon Drink. Perhaps it’s Clarke’s next endorsement deal?
Starbucks really trying to push their "Dragon Drink" by getting in on that GoT momentum https://t.co/46DL4wrc4j— Ian 🏳️🌈 (@r0nyn) May 6, 2019
Of course, Starbucks joined in on the action too.
TBH we're surprised she didn't order a Dragon Drink.— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) May 6, 2019
As we detailed in our recap, it was another rough week for Daenerys — separate of the Starbucks gaffe. After saying goodbye to Ser Jorah Mormont last week, she continued to deal with rough losses in “The Last of the Starks.”
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