[spoilers for the Game of Thrones series finale]
A few weeks ago, a modern Starbucks-looking coffee cup made into a Game of Thrones season eight episode, leading to jokes from fans and apologies from producers, including Bernie Caulfield. “I can’t believe [it]. Our onset prop people and decorators are so on it. 1,000 percent. I just honestly can’t,” he said. “Nowadays you just can’t believe what you see, because people can put things into a photo that really doesn’t exist, but I guess, maybe it was there. I’m not sure. We’re sorry!” Emilia Clarke eventually took credit for the cup (which has since been edited out of the episode), but considering how things played out in last night’s series finale, Daenerys can’t be blamed for it happening again.
I wanted to make sure this wasn’t an internet jokester having a laugh on everyone (Beth’s handle does say she’s “loco”), so I rewatched the scene with “the most powerful people of Westeros” (including the new king) and, yup, that’s a plastic water bottle by Sam’s left foot. At least they stay hydrated in King’s Landing.
Look, I get it: it’s hot in the Dragonpit and the actors, including John Bradley, are wearing so much heavy black clothing that it’s hard to blame them for wanting a water break between shots. But at the same time, it’s hard to believe that, once again, no one spotted the bottle during post-production after the recent gaffe, especially in the most widely-anticipated series finale of all-time.
There’s even a second bottle in a later shot.
It’s only a matter of time before a water company starts taking credit for the bottle on Twitter — until then, check out the reactions from fans.