HBO digitally removes coffee cup from 'Game of Thrones' episode

After eagle-eyed “Game of Thrones” fans spotted a coffee cup in a scene of Sunday’s episode, HBO digitally edited out the modern beverage from its streaming platforms.

As the episode aired Sunday, fans caught and shared screenshots as well as memes of what they thought was a Starbucks cup in front of Daenerys Targaryen during a celebration at Winterfell.



The Verge confirmed that HBO updated the episode by digitally removing the item from the scene for HBO Go and future broadcasts.

On Monday, HBO said the cup placement was a mistake. It appeared that it came from craft services and somehow slipped by the prop department during filming, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The “Game of Thrones” Twitter account poked fun at the scene, saying Daenerys actually meant to order an herbal tea.



Starbucks jumped in and expressed surprise that she didn’t order a Dragon Drink as a way to promote its new beverage. 



But it looks like the coffee wasn’t from Starbucks, as many people assumed. According to, the coffee came from an independently-run shop in Belfast called Paper Cup. Much of “Game of Thrones” was filmed in Belfast, and the coffee spot was only a short distance from the filming locations.

The owner of the shop, John McKinney, said he wasn’t too happy that Starbucks appeared to be getting credit for the prop mistake, according to the article.