HBO Explains THAT ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup, Starbucks Responds & Adobe Shares a Fix


So, you may have heard that the most recent episode of Game of Thrones had a certain… modern touch to it.

Many viewers of this final season’s fourth episode, titled The Last of the Starks, noticed what looked like a Starbucks coffee sitting on the table as Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) looked at Jon (Kit Harington) receiving praise from the crowd. Yep, a modern cuppa, right there in Winterfell.

As you’d expect, this Coffee-gate scandal went viral. So viral, that HBO had to release an amusing little statement to media as to this production gaffe.

In response to inquiries from those who saw a craft services coffee cup in Sunday night’s episode of GAME OF THRONES, HBO states, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

Starbucks even tweeted about it, posting:

Alas, it turns out it wasn’t from Starbucks. GoT art director Hauke Richter told TMZ that it was ordered from a local coffee shop in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, near where the production was taking place.

“We are usually so diligent that this does not happen,” Richter said to TMZ. “The shoot was very hard and demanding and it is likely that after a very tiring ep 3 shoot, this was simply overlooked by an exhausted crew.”

Bernie Caulfield, one of GoT‘s executive producers, expressed her disbelief on WYNC radio show  All Of It:

“Our on-set prop people and decorators are so on it one thousand percent. I just honestly can’t, I’m like, is that really? Because nowadays you can’t believe what you see because people can put things into a photo that really doesn’t exist. But I guess maybe it was there, I’m not sure. But, yeah. We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually to have Starbucks, it’s a little known fact.”

Multinational computer software company Adobe was quick to get in on the action, their After Effects Twitter page sharing a quick fix:




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