Maybe Daenarys Targaryen needed a strong latte after all that dragon riding?

By Ana Calderone
May 06, 2019 11:55 AM

The latest episode of Game of Thrones not only brought Daenarys Targaryen out of Winterfell and into Kings Landing staring into the eyes of Cersei Lannister—but it also brought viewers back to the 21st century for a brief moment.

Fans on Twitter were quick to point out that the fourth episode of the series’ eighth and final season featured a scene in which the show makers seemingly left a modern-day coffee cup in plain view. The disposable cup is only on screen for 2 seconds, but is definitely visible if you’re looking for it.

It takes place during the celebratory feast following the Battle of Winterfell. Tormund Giantsbane is giving an epic toast to his BFF Jon Snow, when the camera pans to a somber looking Daenarys with the cup sitting in front of her. It is the only time the cup and its unmistakable plastic white lid was left in the shot—in every other scene at the same table Daenarys is using a goblet more appropriate to the time period.

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The mishap, of course, inspired hundreds of memes on social media.

While many on Twitter were nearly certain the cup was from Starbucks, Entertainment Weekly writer and Game of Thrones expert James Hibberb pointed out that the cast didn’t actually frequent the coffee chain on the Belfast set, but were more likely to get coffee from craft services.

HBO responded to the controversy with a tongue-in-cheek statement. “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

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Aside from the cup though, episode 4 was filled with a handful of other jaw-dropping moments, including a proposal and a heartbreaking death. Read our full recap here.

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