Warning: Contains Spoilers.
Westeros doesn’t really have a clearly defined coffee culture per se, which is surprising when you consider how characters are able to stay up boozing all night before heading into battle.
Beverages in the Game of Thrones universe appear to be – with the exception of Tormund’s penchant for giant’s milk – very wine-orientated.
From Dornish reds to Arbor golds, there are some very pleasant evenings to be had for discerning wine connoisseurs.
But what of the Seven Kingdom’s hipster population? The ones who artfully comb their beards into faux-messy Wilding styles and only listen to the original Jenny’s Song?
Fortunately, it would appear those who care more about the quality of good coffee beans than drinking from goblets in lavish brothels are also well catered for in this turbulent land.
A very visible Starbucks cup was spotted in a scene of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, distracting fans from what was a much quieter, talkier episode than the one prior.
The scene was a telling one, with Daenerys not looking too happy with the attention lavished upon Jon Snow, a man she professed her love for just two episodes ago.
The shift in the – already complicated – relationship dynamic was obvious, but what was more obvious was the green mermaid Starbucks logo which has long been recognizable across our non-fantasy world.
Give me the oral history of the Starbucks cup in the frame!!!! pic.twitter.com/4CkFJXFQ91
— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) May 6, 2019
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) May 6, 2019
Everyone else: WOW tonight’s episode was crazy!!!
— Future News. (@FutureNews2080) May 6, 2019
There does not appear to be a name on the cup – although it is located near a very tired and grouchy looking Dany – and it is not clear exactly whether soy milk or giant’s milk was used.
Fans just couldn’t believe their eyes at the Seattle-born object materializing in the rich and detailed medieval setting.
Game of Thrones is known for its gorgeous sets which transport viewers to a place far beyond the mundanity of earthbound high streets and caffeine fixes.
The food and drink has long been used as a way of creating a sense of place, whether this be the grim stews at Castle Black or the opulent wedding feasts of King’s Landing. How could this glaring error be overlooked?
— Nikki Schlegel 🌴 (@DukeCheer02) May 6, 2019
— Joseph (@TheGeneralSYD) May 6, 2019
One fan tweeted:
Felt like a failure today but then I saw that dozens of production and post-production crew failed to see that a Starbucks cup was left in a Game Of Thrones shot from their third to last episode ever & now I feel better.
They really took two years to make six episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 6, 2019
as if bad writing wasn't enough game of thrones forgot a whole starbucks cup on the table while filming, i- pic.twitter.com/f013vsbZVJ
— gigi ⎊ spoilers (@wiIIjem) May 6, 2019
— Melissa Eryilmaz 🌟 (@Meryilm10279508) May 6, 2019
Seriously going to be looking out for stray Greggs wrappers in the next episode…
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.