If you noticed something familiar — something oddly modern — out of the corner of your eye during Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” you weren’t alone.
One by one, eagle-eyed fans tweeted that they had spotted a Starbucks cup in a scene from the fourth episode this season, titled “The Last of the Starks.”
Surely it couldn’t be. But to viewers, all signs pointed to someone leaving a cup from the coffee chain on set. Whether the cup was, in fact, from Starbucks, and whether its placement was a complete accident or some weird in-joke done on purpose remains to be seen.
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The cup makes an appearance in a scene at Winterfell in which Tormund Giantsbane is toasting his friend Jon Snow as part of a post-battle meal where the wine is flowing.
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This downtime is a welcome respite from death and destruction, but Daenerys Targaryen eyes the scene suspiciously. Threatened by Jon’s secret status as true heir to the Iron Throne, she looks slightly miffed to witness all the love for him from various northmen.
Suddenly, there it is, almost as plain as day, on the table next to the dragon queen, just across from Snow: The cup.
The plastic-looking, sterile white lid would make anyone do a double take in a candlelit environment covered in rustic shades of brown.
In the scene, the Mother of Dragons is nearest to the cup, but she’s already holding a show-appropriate vessel. This, however, did not stop viewers from calling the cup “Dany’s Starbucks” and guessing what it might hold — a plain coffee? A pumpkin spice latte? A vanilla latte? — as they pictured a Starbucks in Winterfell. (It’s Stark territory, sure, but would there be a dragon Frappuccino? After all, there was a unicorn one.)
With just one episode left before the “Game of Thrones” series finale, viewers documented the cup sighting, posting photographic evidence and video clips to social media.
The Starbucks moment arrives at the 17:40 mark of the episode.
— Nehal Mahran (@NehalMahran) May 6, 2019