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."