Game of Thrones is a work of art. This is the show that has us returning season after season to watch the absolute pinnacle in high-fantasy television. This is the show that costs an estimated $15 million per episode to make. And this is the show that just left a Starbucks coffee cup on set during one of the biggest ever episodes.
If you don’t want to ruin episode 4 (or your sense of quality production values), then be warned: very mild spoilers ahead.
Episode 4,dropped on Sunday night, and fans were giddy with delight to see how everything fell out after the epic . There were surprise twists, there were moments of passion and there was blatant oversight by the production designers.
And because this is Game of Thrones, and fans , the world had feelings!
We are shook. We have followed this series since Sansa was a baby bird and Arya was still fighting with a wooden sword. We agonize over subtle throwbacks and. And we live their losses like they’re our own.
It’s hard to see if it’s actually a Starbucks cup that’s within easy reach of Daenerys, but you’d better believe they’ll take the brand recognition.
On Monday, Starbucks offered a sly response to the cuppa controversy. While it didn’t say one way or another whether the company’s now serving in Westeros, it did nod at what it expects Dany to order. “TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” Starbuck’s Twitter account tweeted.
For the uninitiated: When Starbucks pours a Dragon Drink, you get a “tropical-inspired pick-me-up” that mixes mango, coconut milk and, of course, dragon fruit. With all that’s gone on in these last couple of episodes, we’re thinking Daenerys might want a stiffer concoction.
HBO got in a double shot of its own later on Monday. In an email, the company behind Game of Thrones referred to the apparition as a “craft services coffee cup” and described it as a drink order gone awry: “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
To be fair, this incident just shows the people behind this show, one of the most beautifully produced works of popular culture perfection we’ve ever seen, are still human. They get tired, they need coffee and dammit if they’re going to get that cup out of shot if Emilia Clarke and Kristofer Hivju are delivering that Daenerys and Tormund realness.
Let’s just hope it was wight, with two sugars.
Originally published May 6, 2:11 a.m. PT.
Update, 11:35 a.m. PT: Adds the tweet from Starbucks.
Update, 1:59 p.m. PT: Adds HBO’s response.