Last week, scores of “Game of Thrones” fans complained they literally could not see the Battle of Winterfell because the episode was too dark. Things were brighter in Westeros this week, but some viewers spotted something unexpected: a disposable coffee cup.
The decidedly modern object appeared during a celebratory post-battle feast about 17 minutes into “The Last of the Starks.” It’s but a minor detail in an episode that saw the gruesome death of a major character, but the idea of a grande triple shot soy latte making its way into a medieval fantasy was too distracting for social media to ignore.
The sighting prompted “Starbucks Cup” to trend on Twitter Monday morning, though eagle-eyed viewers noted it didn’t actually look like it was from the ubiquitous chain.
Many fans thought the cup was a pretty major mistake for the big-budget show, which took two years to make its final season — especially in light of last week’s issues.
“GOT producers were quick to point out that is not a Starbucks cup in front of Daenerys, ‘viewers just didn’t properly adjust their televisions to Wine Goblet,’” one fan quipped.
Others felt it made sense in the grand scheme of things.
“That Starbucks cup is not nearly as improbable as the scene with Bronn,” one tweet read.
And because this has become an internet story, there were also conspiracy theories: “Is it me or did Sansa plant the Starbucks cup in front of Dany as part of an elaborate plan to take her down?” another fan tweeted.
Another wrote, “Coffee cup in a #GOT scene — sloppy production OR is Game of Thrones set in the West World universe?”
We’ve reached out to HBO in hopes of finding out what happened — or at least, what Dany’s go-to order is.