Game Of Thrones' stray coffee cup gets its moment in the spotlight at Comic Con07/20/2019
Game Of Thrones’ final seasons will be remembered for many things – the Night King being slayed, the questionable ending, Brienne’s smile when she was finally knighted…
… but most of all, it will be remembered for a stray coffee cup.
The internet had a field day when in the fourth episode of season eight, a very modern coffee cup was spotted in front of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) at a post-battle celebration.
So what else could the GOT representatives at Comic Con do, other than mock the epic fail in Hall H?
The cast of the HBO show attended their eagerly awaited panel at San Diego Comic Con to find takeaway coffee cups on the table, and at least they have a sense of humour about it all.
As Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos), Conleth Hill (Varys), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) sat down for their discussion, they all toasted white coffee cups with cardboard holders in a nod to that editing disaster.
Cunningham joked: ‘Someone left some coffee cups here. It’s Dornish wine!’
At the time, HBO tried to brush the blunder under the carpet, with art director Hauke Richte saying: ‘Things can get forgotten on set. [The coffee cup error has been] so blown out of proportion [because] it has not happened with Thrones so far.’
Even still, the coffee shop that actually provided the errant cup wanted full credit, after people thought it was a Starbucks recepticle.
While the cast addressed the cup error in a jokey way, they also took on questions about the huge backlash towards season eight as a whole, after some viewers signed a petition demanding a rewrite of the series with ‘competent writers’.
Coster-Waldau said: ‘ It was a surprising level… the absurdity of the online petition.
‘Every season we had huge controversies. From Ned Stark being killed and then there was the Red Wedding. So obviously when it comes to the end it’s gonna p*** you off no matter what, because it’s the end.
‘At the end of the day, it’s absolutely fine — if you hated the ending, if you loved it, that’s great. Just don’t call people names.’
GOT showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss were originally set to attend the Comic Con panel, but pulled out days before.
Moving on from the awkward topics, the cast also talked about what they would miss most about Westeros after eight seasons.
Coster-Waldau said: ‘The people. That’s what this is. Human interaction, that’s what we carry with us.’
Meanwhile, Cunningham said: ‘There’s very few jobs you go on to. Everybody on set was incredible at their jobs. There was a magical sense of it.
‘I’ll miss the elegance of it and working with people who are just at the top of their game. I’ll be lucky if I ever come across that ever again.’
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