Game of Thrones Accidentally Leaves Modern Coffee Cup on Table, Inspires New Meme

Screenshot: HBO/Game of Thrones

If you watched Game of Thrones last night you might have spotted something a little out of place. No, there wasn’t an ewok riding a dragon or anything as cool as that. The HBO show aired a modern coffee cup that was definitely not supposed to be in the shot.

The mistaken coffee cup appears at roughly the 17:50-minute mark in the episode titled, “The Last of the Starks,” and as you can see, it’s clearly a to-go cup from the 21st century.

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Can you spot it? Maybe this zoom will help.

Yep, there it is. Someone was enjoying their pumpkin spice half-caf double latte before the camera was rolling and forgot to get rid of it.

Social media users quickly turned the rogue coffee cup into a meme, poking fun at how difficult it would be if the Mother of Dragons gave her full name at Starbucks.

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Her name is long and Starbucks isn’t supposed to be in the Game of Thrones universe. Get it? Do you get it?

It was a dumb mistake, especially given how closely the show is watched, but Game of Thrones certainly wasn’t the first high-profile movie or TV show to make this kind of error. There’s a long tradition of period dramas and action films where modern-day conveniences and contemporary fashion accidentally make their way into the final cut.

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For example, the 1995 movie Braveheart accidentally showed a modern van during a big battle scene, the 2000 film Gladiator included a gas cylinder on one of its chariots, and the 1959 movie Ben Hur included a modern wristwatch.

And just last year, the The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman included a promotional shot of a reporter who’s wearing an Apple Watch. The movie was set in 1987, long before smartwatches were a thing. Can you see it below?

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Again, it’s too bad that the Game of Thrones gaffe couldn’t be something badass like an ewok on a dragon. I swear it would be cool. But I guess we’ll have to settle for something like this, where Starbucks invades Winterfell. Sorry, but this is canon now.

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Update, 9:25 am ET: LOL.

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Update, 9:50 am ET: Former Deadspin video guy Timothy Burke has a good theory on why the coffee cup may have been there. The horns look like they were filled with a brown liquid that comes spilling out. You can see it in this clip:

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The production staff were probably refilling the horns with coffee and forgot to move the paper coffee cup out of the way.

Update, 4:45 pm ET: And HBO just made a chucklegoof about it.

The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” HBO said in a press release. “Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

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Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog