“Game of Thrones” may be “A Song of Ice and Fire,” but it was plastic water bottles that stole the show in Sunday’s finale — just two weeks after a coffee cup showed up in the fantasy world.
Eagle-eyed viewers watching the finale Sunday noticed a pair of modern-day bottles poking out from behind the boots of a couple of actors about 46 and 49 minutes into the episode, as (SPOILER ALERT!) a group of lords, ladies and knights are deciding who will rule Westeros.
One water bottle was seen behind the foot of character Samwell Tarly, another behind the food of Davos Seaworth. “Game of Thrones” features swords forged by dragons, a magic wall made of ice and plenty of other complex materials, but it didn’t give any indication that its wise maesters or handy craftsmen knew how to manufacture plastic.
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NBC has reached out to HBO for comment about the gaffe.
It’s not the first time that our world intruded on the world of “Game of Thrones.” In episode four, a coffee cup with a paper sleeve that many thought looked like it came from Starbucks appeared on a table in front of Daenerys Targaryen during a feast.
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After the coffee cup went viral, HBO released a statement that said, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
The actress who played Daenerys, Emilia Clarke, jokingly blamed the cup’s appearance on the show’s creators, David Bennioff and Dan Weiss, in an interview with The New Yorker that was published Sunday. The pair appeared in the scene wearing ridiculous costumes, which distracted everyone, she said.
“Most people were laughing at their terrible handlebar mustaches rather than looking at anything that was on the table. When I was watching it, I was too busy laughing at their hilarious return to acting,” Clarke said, adding that it’s one of “many excuses for the coffee cup.”
The coffee cup and all the buzz around it got Starbucks roughly $2.3 billion in free advertising, a marketing CEO told CNBC — even though the craft services cup in question was never proven to be from Starbucks.