HBO removes the coffee cup that found its way to Westeros during this week's Game of Thrones episode. The latest installment in Game of Thrones' eighth and final season certainly wasn't short on political intrigue and the ramifications of Jon Snow's shocking heritage are now being fully felt in Winterfell. A quick trip south also saw the long-awaited conflict between Daenerys and Cersei finally begin, as the Dragon Queen's assembled armies reached King's Landing and were greeted with a typically hostile reception from the ruling Lannister and her seafaring new lover.
Of course, the biggest talking point from this week's episode was not the character deaths or potential betrayals, but the coffee cup that appeared on Game of Thrones in one shot during the feast at Winterfell. The first half of this week's offering was largely centered around a feast to celebrate victory at the Battle of Winterfell and included a variety of key exchanges between a number of different characters. However, many viewers also noticed that one shot around the 17 minute mark included a coffee cup next to Daenerys among the goblets and horns of wine.
On Monday, HBO responded to the coffee cup gaffe and made light of the situation, but as reported by Variety, the network have now moved to correct their error. The anachronism has been digitally removed from the version of the episode currently available for streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go and any future televised re-runs will feature the new cup-less edit of the scene.
While HBO did respond to the mistake in good humor, it's impossible to deny that the coffee cup dominated Game of Thrones' post-episode discussion, when several huge plot developments were worthy of making the headlines instead. As such, it's completely understandable that the network would want to ensure the memory of the Mother of Dragons ordering a modern day latte doesn't endure any longer than necessary and, for a show that routinely produces CGI dragons, wiping a cup away is hardly any trouble.
In fairness, the Winterfell feast scene was a complex and detailed sequence that involved much logistic maneuvering and it's perhaps the most likely time for an error to seep between the cracks, even if it would have had to evade the notice of director, camera operator, actors and editor in order to make the final cut. Interestingly, this also isn't the first time that the modern world has turned up in Game of Thrones. In Stannis Baratheon's dying moments, a laptop charger can be seen poorly hidden in shot and back in season 2, an email notification noise is audible in the sound mixing.
Game of Thrones season 8 continues Sunday May 12th on HBO.