A Starbucks Cup May Have Made an Accidental Cameo In the Latest Episode of Game of Thrones

HBO via YouTube
HBO via YouTube

Warning: Spoilers for "The Last of the Starks," the latest Game of Thrones episode, ahead.

While "The Last of the Starks," the fourth episode in Game of Thrones's final season, was met with divided opinions from fans, one thing we can all agree on is that Westeros probably didn't have a Starbucks on every corner. Yet it appears as if a coffee cup from the Seattle-based mega-chain accidentally made its way into a pivotal scene in Sunday's episode.

The episode set up the war that’s to come against Cersei Lannister, and showed many of the characters finding out that Jon Snow is the true heir to the throne. Which means that Daenerys Targaryen has a lot to worry about in the final two episodes, so we can't blame her for needing a caffeine fix. What we weren't expecting was a full-on anachronism in the meticulously detailed series, which is exactly what happened when fans noticed a coffee cup, seemingly from Starbucks, finding its way into a shot of the grand post-battle feast at Winterfell.

Around the 17:50 mark, we see Daenerys sitting off to the side and stewing a bit while Tormund and some of the other men are praising Jon for being a great leader ... with a coffee cup is sitting right in front of her. Did she not notice? How did this happen?

Of course, fans have found this mishap hilarious, and the memes have already started. Both “Starbucks Cup” and “Starbucks Coffee” are even trending on Twitter right now. You can't buy that kind of publicity.

As funny as this mistake is, here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen again. With just two episodes of Game of Thrones left and the most important battle the series has ever seen still to come, we don't need any further distractions—no matter how amusing they may be.

Update: On Monday, May 6th, HBO issued a statement regarding the cup seen in Sunday's episode. It reads as follows: In response to inquiries from those who saw a craft services coffee cup in Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, HBO states, 'The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea."

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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