At this point, Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon, much like the recently released Avengers Endgame. The hit TV Show by HBO, based on the books of George R. R. Martin still pulls in a record number of viewers. The last episode that aired, “The Last of the Starks”, got 11.8 million people watching it at the initial broadcast.
Spoiler warning for Game of Thrones Season 8
When a series is as big as this, a little mistake or disregard in the set will be popularized on the internet within mere minutes, whether as a meme or even as a ‘blatant dismissal of quality’. What a little forgetfulness topped with neglect can do is truly startling and it became apparent last Sunday with the ‘Starbucks cup that wasn’t a Starbucks cup’ fiasco.
After the glorious victory against the Night King in the ‘The Long Night’ (Episode 3 of Season 8), Episode 4’s first few scenes focused on the merry-making after the long and bloody battle.
In a scene where fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane is toasting the bravery of Jon Snow, aka Aegon Targaryen (while Queen Daenerys is in the background looking as if she wants to ‘dracarys’ some free folk, or Jon, you never know), keen-eyed fans saw something that was out of the place for the medieval setting of the show.
The official Game of Thrones twitter handle addressed the situation too.
Undoubtedly Starbucks got the best out of the deal, the estimated advertising value they gained from this buzz is about $ 2.3 billion, which is a pretty sweet deal considering it wasn’t even a Starbucks cup. The logo wasn’t very visible due to lighting but since Starbucks is a very prominent brand all around the world, it is quite natural for people to assume so.
And of course, they introduced an all-new drink to commemorate the situation too.
As of Tuesday, the coffee cup had been edited out of the episode, and the fans are back to complaining about the more simple things like Jon not petting Ghost when he left Winterfell.
Episode 5 of Game of Thrones will air on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. Tune in to see if the Mother of Dragons will really turn into the Mad Queen and burn Cersei Lannister’s territory to the ground as some have predicted.