HBO is naturally making light of a Starbucks-like coffee cup making a two-second appearance during last night’s episode. It’s the only way to play it — relax and laugh. But wouldn’t you expect that somebody (an assistant director or continuity person, say) would face severe consequences for this after the media stops paying attention?
Failing an on-set discovery, couldn’t someone have CG-erased the cup in post-production? How hard could that have been? Think of all the people who were on-set and all the editors, FX specialists and producers who watched this sequence before it aired last night. There must have been dozens.
An official HBO release stated that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake — Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
Game of Thrones art director Hauke Richter told Variety‘s Jordan Moreau that it’s not uncommon for items to end up misplaced on set, go unnoticed and appear in the final cuts of movies and TV shows. The coffee cup appearance has been “so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with Thrones so far.”