News From Winterfell: We ‘Ordered A Herbal Tea’ NOT Coffee
“Game of Thrones” may be scripted around medieval times, but Sunday’s episode had a distinctly modern touch when a Starbucks cup made an unexpected cameo, sending fans into a frenzy.
The coffee cup was spotted on a table, right in front of Daenerys Targaryen at a feast in Winterfell during episode 4 of the final season, “The Last of the Starks.”
Bernie Caulfield, one of the executive producers of HBO’s global hit television series, apologized to fans.
“I can’t believe (it),” she said in an interview with New York’s WNYC radio on Monday. “Our onset prop people and decorators are so on it a 1,000 per cent.
“We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually have Starbucks,” Caulfield quipped.
In a rather sarcastic comment, HBO said that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered herbal tea.”
News from Winterfell.
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Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, had its own take on the unexpected publicity in a series that is watched by more than 30 million people in the United States alone.
“TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” the company said on Twitter, referring to its summer menu addition of a bright pink fruit and coconut milk beverage that contains the tropical dragon fruit, also known as pitaya.
Fans, reacting to this blunder, lit up social media with memes and jokes about the stray cup, while others were dismayed at the gaffe.
“They took 2 years to shoot 6 episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene,” tweeted a user named Dylan.
The eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” has broken records for HBO, with more than 38 million American watching the season premiere episode that was broadcast on April 14.
The Emmy-winning series, an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of novels, comes to a conclusion on May 19.