A Starbucks Cup May Have Made an Accidental Cameo In the Latest Episode of Game of Thrones

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HBO via YouTube

Warning: Spoilers for "The Last of the Starks," the latest Game of Thrones episode, ahead.

While "The Last of the Starks," the fourth episode in Game of Thrones's final season, was met with divided opinions from fans, one thing we can all agree on is that Westeros probably didn't have a Starbucks on every corner. Yet it appears as if a coffee cup from the Seattle-based mega-chain accidentally made its way into a pivotal scene in Sunday's episode.

The episode set up the war that’s to come against Cersei Lannister, and showed many of the characters finding out that Jon Snow is the true heir to the throne. Which means that Daenerys Targaryen has a lot to worry about in the final two episodes, so we can't blame her for needing a caffeine fix. What we weren't expecting was a full-on anachronism in the meticulously detailed series, which is exactly what happened when fans noticed a coffee cup, seemingly from Starbucks, finding its way into a shot of the grand post-battle feast at Winterfell.

Around the 17:50 mark, we see Daenerys sitting off to the side and stewing a bit while Tormund and some of the other men are praising Jon for being a great leader ... with a coffee cup is sitting right in front of her. Did she not notice? How did this happen?

Of course, fans have found this mishap hilarious, and the memes have already started. Both “Starbucks Cup” and “Starbucks Coffee” are even trending on Twitter right now. You can't buy that kind of publicity.

As funny as this mistake is, here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen again. With just two episodes of Game of Thrones left and the most important battle the series has ever seen still to come, we don't need any further distractions—no matter how amusing they may be.

Update: On Monday, May 6th, HBO issued a statement regarding the cup seen in Sunday's episode. It reads as follows: 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."

Jabba the Hutt Leaves Tatooine for Your Front Lawn

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Amazon

From life-sized Yoda LEGO sets to a pair of comfy Chewbacca slippers, Star Wars fans are always showing their love of the blockbuster franchise in unique ways. But now, you can outdo them all by decorating your lawn with a giant inflatable Jabba the Hutt, which you can find on Amazon for $110.

Measuring 6 feet in height by 8 feet in length, this plasticized Jabba isn’t nearly as intimidating without Bib Fortuna by his side—nor as disgusting without a bowl full of Klatooine paddy frogs to snack on—but he lights up! He’s also got a built-in fan for easy inflation and comes with a set of stakes so that, just like in Return of the Jedi, he stays firmly planted. Unfortunately, digging your own Rancor pit for Jabba to lord over probably goes against most municipal building codes, but this intergalactic gangster works great as a solo act.

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The Most Successful Entertainment Production in History Might Just Surprise You

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Goran Jakus Photography/iStock via Getty Images

Last year, Marvel Studios capped off an unprecedented run of success with Avengers: Endgame, a movie promoted as the culmination of over 10 years of storytelling. The film made $2.8 billion, unseating 2009’s Avatar and knocking 1997’s Titanic down to third place. With nearly $3 billion in ticket sales, you would think Endgame would count as the most successful entertainment production of all time—be it a single movie, book, album, or video game.

It isn’t.

While it earned a staggering amount of money, Endgame is hobbled by the fact that theatrical runs last just a few weeks or months. To really roll in the dough, it helps to have a combination of high ticket prices and a show that runs almost in perpetuity. That’s why it’s another Disney production, the Broadway adaption of The Lion King, that can make a credible claim to being the most financially rewarding entertainment effort of all time. Since debuting in 1997, the stage show has grossed $9.1 billion. (The 1994 film, 2019 live action remake, and merchandising aren’t included in that total. If they were, the number rises to $11.6 billion.)

A theater sign for 'The Lion King' is pictured in New York City in March 2003
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The musical, adapted by Julie Taymor, follows the story of the animated original, with lion cub Simba learning to accept his role as king of the Serengeti Plains. It’s estimated the show has been mounted 25 times globally in nine different languages, with more than 100 million people purchasing a ticket to see it.

Does that make Endgame a distant second? Not quite. Another long-running musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, has grossed more than $6 billion since its 1988 debut. The 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto 5 cleared $6 billion in 2018. And if one were to account for inflation, 1939’s Gone with the Wind made $3.44 billion.

The Lion King does have one asterisk, however. If inflation is taken into consideration, then 1978’s arcade classic Space Invaders comes out the winner. The popular coin-op game—which was later ported over to the Atari 2600—was a smash hit. By 1983, it had made $3.8 billion. Accounting for inflation, it earned $13.9 billion. What’s even more impressive is that unlike big-ticket movies and stage shows, Space Invaders did it one quarter at a time.

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