Did Emilia Clarke Solve the Mystery of Game of Thrones' Coffee Cup?

An error became a meme, but whose error was it?
By Chris Harnick 09 May, 2019 3:04 PMTags
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Forget crazy theories about Bran Stark being the Night King, we're all in on the mystery of Game of Thrones' coffee cup.

In a scene in the fourth episode of the final season, an errant coffee cup could be seen next to Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) while she looked over to Jon Snow (Kit Harington). The cup has since been edited out of the show.

"The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea," HBO said in a statement after the errant cup went viral.

But whose cup was it? While appearing on Conan, Liam Cunningham, Davos Seaworth on the series, brought Conan O'Brien "the cup" (it wasn't really the cup).

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Game of Thrones Stars In & Out of Costume

"These things happen. It's a big job, people run in, and Emilia probably drinks too much coffee," Cunningham said.

"What a bastard!" Clarke told The Los Angeles Times with a laugh. "I don't even drink Starbucks. I have no idea whose it was. Liam's a cheeky one. The funny thing is in Belfast, there is no craft coffee selling Starbucks. Unless we've got the Americans in, some hotshot producer, and then we'll have Starbucks lying around."

She went to her Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes photo of her with a cup in hand alongside Peter Dinklage and visiting former cast member Jason Momoa.

"Did I just stumble upon the truth here?! The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea... oh and this ain't a spoiler just a lost wanderer coming home for a mid filming cuppa....[fire emoji] @prideofgypsiesyou so fire you make my hair turn blue," she said. See the picture below.

The Night King Waits

Vladimir Furdik, a stuntman who played the Night King.

The Table Read

Joe Dempsie, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner and Kit Harington.

Make-Up!

Pamela Smyth, crow make-up supervisor.

The Director

David Nutter, director

Copies

Patrick Strapazon, assistant to David Nutter.

Tears

Candice Banks, hair supervisor.

Unmasked

Vladimir Furdik, stuntman and the Night King.

The Producers

Bernadette Caulfield, Chris Newman, executive producers.

Snow Days

Del Reid, special effects snow crew supervisor.

Hair People

Candice Banks, hair supervisor, Kevin Alexander, hair designer

The Kingdom

Chris Newman, executive producer.

On Location

Naomi Liston, locations manager

A New Crew Member

"New make up chap @sophiet @maisie_williams @isaachwright #kitharington," Gemma Whelan posted on Instagram.

The Pack

"The pack survived," Sophie Turner posted.

Starks

Sophie Turner posted this snap from filming the promo in her goodbye to Sansa Stark.

The Crew

Sophie Turner posted this assembled group photo as part of her farewell to the show.

Learning the Truth

"BEING TOLD THE ENDING TO @gameofthrones," Gwendoline Christie posted.

Lannister Lovers

"When @nikolajwilliamcw and I wore jellyfish ... I f--king love you ya big weirdo," Lena Headey shared.

Siblings Forever

"The best, sweetest most wonderful sister from another mother @iamlenaheadey. That was a fun decade," Nikolaj Coster-Waldau posted.

Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves

"Thanks @nikolajwilliamcw. Two men enter, One man leaves.... it's been such a pleasure working with you!!! Oh and sorry about last night...didn't know you were in a hurry.... don't have that many friends on #gameofthrones and just wanted to hang out on the beach...maybe play the guitar, make a [fire] and chill under the stars while the world was burning around us...kinda romantic if you ask me...but sadly you never do... #jaimelannister #eurongreyjoy #youneverknow," Pilou Asbæk posted.

Legs for Days

"What can I say? Happy Monday and please enjoy #gameofthrones episode 5....photo by the wonderful David Benioff #whatisdeadmayneverdie #longlegs #umbrellaacademy #spinoff #eurongreyjoy," Pilou Asbæk shared.

Mad Couple

"Just wanna say....it's been an absolutely blast getting to know you @iamlenaheadey THANKS for many good hours.... remember when we took this photo after our first shooting day...season 8... a long time...loved working with you!!" Pilou Asbæk posted.

The Coffee Cup

"Did I just stumble upon the truth here?! The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea... oh and this ain't a spoiler just a lost wanderer coming home for a mid filming cuppa.... @prideofgypsies you so fire you make my hair turn blue," Emilia Clarke posted. "#forfuturereferenceileavethebagin #drogonyouhavemyheart4lyfe #familyvalues @gameofthrones #forthethrone #forthecaffeine #forthedragons"

The North Remembers

To celebrate her time on the series, Bella Ramsey posted a number of behind-the-scenes photos, including this one with Isaac Hempstead Wright.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on HBO.