Coffee cup makes strange appearance on ‘Game of Thrones,’ internet has thoughts

The internet is perplexed and somewhat amused by the coffee cup that had a cameo in last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”

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A regular cup of coffee made a bizarre appearance in this week’s Game of Thrones episode, with many now speculating whether Starbucks has a mythical outpost in Winterfell after the rogue cup was seen at a table in the show’s latest episode.


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In Sunday’s “The Last of the Starks,” the cup appears at 17:39 in the episode in front of Daenerys Targaryen. While the table is decked in rather usual glassware and candles, the white-and-brown cup steals the scene despite Tormund chugging wine from a hollowed-out tusk.

Twitter and others speculated it was a Starbucks cup mistakenly left on the set. But Jezebel pointed out the nearest Starbucks from where Winterfell was filmed isn’t exactly around the corner.

It’s about a 27-minute drive from Starbucks to Doune Castle, where the shot was filmed, according to Google Maps. Another possibility could be The Buttercup Cafe, a local source for coffee, which is about a three-minute drive from the set.

The Buttercup Cafe told Ladders it was not one of their cups.

Starbucks said they didn’t have any additional detail to share about the cameo, but referred Ladders to a tweet where the company poked fun at the spoof with one of their own drinks.

Here’s how Twitter reacted after seeing the rogue cup:

The Ladders reached out to HBO for comment but didn’t immediately hear back.


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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.