HBO Erases the ‘Game of Thrones’ Coffee Cup

Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on HBO's "Game of Thrones," arrives at the show's fourth-season premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York, March 18, 2014. Clarke, who plays the blonde queen-in-exile on the show and has become an unlikely fashion icon, is here dressed in Donna Karan. (Elizabeth D. Herman/The New York Times)




Niraj Chokshi

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Cup? What cup?

Fans of “Game of Thrones” flooded the internet with japes about a scene in Sunday night’s episode that showed an out-of-place coffee cup in the show’s fantasy world, but now HBO has rewritten Westerosi history.

Less than 48 hours after Episode 4 of Season 8 dropped, the cup was edited out of the scene on HBO’s streaming platform, a spokeswoman confirmed. (Future rebroadcasts on cable TV will also exclude the cup.)

That’s right. While the big, bad Night King failed to “erase the memory of Westeros,” as Bran Stark put it, HBO was able to do so using the magic of digital editing.

The Verge was among the first to report the change and even made a cool GIF, because that’s how we consume and reconsume entertainment media now.

In the episode, titled “The Last of the Starks,” an early scene showed a group of characters celebrating by candlelight after defeating an army of the undead in Episode 3.

For a moment, a coffee cup could be seen on a table in front of Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the “Dragon Queen,” who is on a mission to rid the world of tyrants at any cost.

The show’s obsessive fan base was, of course, quick to make light of it on social media.

Many fans joked that it was a Starbucks order, and the coffee company itself piled on with a joke about its “Dragon Drink,” a sweet, pink concoction. But it was apparently a humble craft services to-go cup.

HBO eventually made light of the error, too, saying that Daenerys had actually “ordered an herbal tea.”

If you must, you may look for the cup that isn’t there about 17 minutes and 38 seconds into the episode on HBO Go or HBO Now.