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The Onion Knight Blames The Mother Of Dragons For That Coffee Cup Goof

By Kristy Puchko | TV | May 8, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | TV | May 8, 2019 |


It was the espresso shot seen ‘round the world! In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, the medieval setting was disrupted by an anachronistic cameo from a disposable cup of coffee. And now that mischievous scene-stealer has stopped by Conan! (Along with Liam Cunningham, who plays the Onion Knight Davos Seaworth.)

Cunningham was asked to spill the tea on how a wildly popular, massively budgeted show, full of talent, and an army of crewmembers let such a silly mistake slip by. His answer, blame the Queen of Dragons!

“Can you explain to us how this happened on Game of Thrones?” Conan O’Brien asked Cunningham, “It is the most meticulous show in the world and they left a Starbucks cup on the set during a pivotal scene! WHY!?”

After cracking a joke, Cunningham said, “These things happen. It’s a big job. People run in. And Emilia (Clarke) probably drinks too much coffee.”

This seems a good opportunity to debunk a few of the myths that have evolved around this curious coffee cup. First up, fans of the show were quick to point the finger not at Clarke, but at Kit Harington who DARED to be spotted with a coffee cup while in costume.

Secondly, it wasn’t a Starbucks cup. Game of Thrones art director Hauke Richter told TMZ it was a cup from a local cafe in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, near where the show was shooting. But hey, that didn’t stop Starbucks from using this goof to promote their dragon drinks.

And finally, this disposable cup that might have been Clarke’s or Harington’s or any number of crew people who had to rush on set for a tweak of props, lighting or make-up, it probably wasn’t coffee. Vulture did the detective work there, pointing out the small white blur seemingly sitting beside the cup. Could that be the tag from a tea bag?


Yes. You are staring at an image of a blurry coffee cup. Because crime shows lie to us and “Enhance!” is not a real option with footage.

Still, Game of Thrones fans could throw themselves into a tizzy speculating on how this shot makes sense. Does it suggest time travel has come to this fantasy realm? Does it hint at the true breadth of Dany’s power that she can send a lackey far from Westeros to Seattle for a Chai? Or is it that the path to the iron throne is not about ice and fire, but about honey and lemon?

Alas, none of this matters because HBO has gone back and erased the offending cup from “The Last of the Starks.” (The Verge made a fun slider so you can see the before and after.) So now, it’s gone. But not forgotten. The North remembers…

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