The creators of Game of Thrones say the coffee cup controversy in the final season of the HBO series is “funny to us now”.
- The coffee cup appeared in a scene in the fourth episode of the show’s eighth season
- Benioff and Wiess say they see the funny side of the mistake, months after the series ended
- HBO confirmed the cup’s appearance was unintentional after the episode aired
The eighth season of the popular show was marred by the presence of a takeaway coffee cup in a scene following the battle for Winterfell, resulting in widespread mockery on social media.
David Benioff and D B Weiss spoke to Japan’s Star Channel about their reaction to the mistake in an interview posted to Twitter over the weekend.
“We’re concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow … that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle,” Benioff said.
“So at first I couldn’t believe it and then it was kind of embarrassment because how did we not see that coffee cup in the middle of the shot?
“And then eventually, it was just kind of funny because this one is just a mistake and it’s kind of funny to us now.”
Westeros is a fictional land and the events of Game of Thrones take place in a historical timeline that does not correlate to our own, meaning the world in which Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen live is subject to the whims of its creator, free from the constraints of historical accuracies.
However, George RR Martin, who authored the books that inspired the show, loosely based the story on the War of the Roses, which took place in the 15th century.
And given most characters were shown drinking from goblets and horns, it is widely accepted that a takeaway coffee cup was somewhat out of place in Winterfell.
Benioff told Star Channel the coffee cup was his “Persian rug” after explaining the rug-making tradition to have a mistake in the design as “only God can do anything perfect”.
“That’s why I put the coffee cup there,” Wiess said, joking the placement was a “conscious, concerted statement … of imperfection”.
The show’s art director Hauke Richter told TMZ the cup came from a local coffee shop not far from where the episode was filmed in Northern Ireland.
HBO confirmed the cup was an unintentional addition to the final season’s fourth episode after it went to air in May.
“The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake,” the company wrote on Twitter.
Tweet from HBO: “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake, Daenerys had ordered a herbal tea.”
The coffee cup was not the show’s only beverage-related mishap, with fans spotting a plastic water bottle seen by the leg of Samwell Tarly in the final episode.
Ahead of the series’ finale, Benioff told Entertainment Weekly he planned to be “very drunk, and very far from the internet” when the episode aired.
The episode attracted a record audience for HBO, with more than 19 million US viewers tuning in, but was not without criticism from the series’ worldwide fanbase.
A petition to have the season rewritten with “competent writers” amassed more than 1.7 million supporters.
Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark, said the campaign was “disrespectful”, while Grey Worm actor Jacob Anderson branded it as “insulting”.
However, the creators of the show were largely silent in the face of online criticism.
Last month HBO president Casey Bloys last month addressed petition, saying a do-over was “not something we seriously considered”.
“Thirty-two Emmy nominations is certainly nice validation,” he told TV Line.
Benioff and Wiess were nominated for the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series award, which will be presented when the 71st Emmy Awards ceremony is held later this month.