Game Of Thrones' New Coffee Cup: A Water Bottle Snuck Into The Finale

First a coffee cup, now a water bottle.

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Game of Thrones no doubt has one of the biggest production budgets in all of TV, but production mistakes continue to happen in its final, abbreviated season, which has often been criticized by some fans for feeling rushed. While production of the show has concluded, it appears that HBO will need to allot some resources to another round of removing an object with visual effects. Just like the coffee cup that appeared earlier this season, the series finale has somehow included another, incredibly similar gaffe involving a beverage container. Episode 6 spoilers follow below.

Eagle-eyed fans have noticed a plastic water bottle that can be seen behind Samwell Tarley's leg in one shot of the council scene of the finale, "The Iron Throne." This was noticed by fans on Twitter, and we've confirmed it ourselves.

You can see the water bottle just behind Tarley's left leg. Take a look for yourself in the image below. Amazingly, a second water bottle was also seen next to Ser Davos, and you can check out a screencap of that further below. That one actually appears in more than one camera shot, which is just hard to believe, but we've verified it's there--at least for now.

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As noted above, this is just the latest mishap for Game of Thrones Season 8, as an earlier episode--The Last of the Starks--showed a Starbucks-like coffee up on a table in front of Daenerys when she and the survivors of the Battle for Winterfell celebrated their victory. (It was later revealed to be from craft services, not Starbucks.) HBO digitally removed the cup in the days after the episode aired, but the internet never forgets. It seems likely that HBO will also erase the water bottle, but we'll see if it jokes about this incident as it did last time around.

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The Game of Thrones series finale wrapped up the story that began back in 2011 and revealed who ultimately won the Iron Throne. For more on the episode, you can check out our list of Easter eggs in the finale and related content linked below.

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The Starbucks cup was a massive one. It was a shot of a person at a table, and right bang in the middle of the table was a Starbucks cup. That one was almost beyond belief. But two times in a row? In the same season? This is very, very lazy practice.

Your set is supposed to be a work of art, each deliberate stroke carefully crafted. You don't bring anything at all onto set when you're filming out of modern times. It's supposed to be absolutely “sterile” and 100% uncontaminated.

Stuff like this really gives legs to the idea that the guys working on this were incompetent.

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Dan&David: "Thank GOD for digital video editing!!!!!"

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How long must they have been filming in order to allow drinks on the sets? Surely it would have been easier to have people walk off set or at least behind the cameras in order to slake their thirst. It really wasn't noticeable to me unlike the coffee cup and, to be fair to the scene, it isn't as if there is no glass in Westeros which they could easily be explained to be. Schoolboy error though.

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@gotrekfabian: That one scene would have taken hours, possibly days to shoot. The same scene is shot several times over using different camera angles. There are takes where actors deliver the same line on camera and off. There may be a special shot to capture the reaction of a specific character. The actor or the director may try delivering the same line in different ways. In most of these situations the actors would be required to hold their place to avoid continuity errors between takes. Meanwhile those costumes weren't made for comfort. It may be a pretty warm day but you're forced to wear leather, fur, maybe even armor and look comfortable all the while. All of this gets distilled down in the editing room to the few minutes you saw in the final production.

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@DoctorTanaka: I'm aware of the filming process and to counter argue I would say that, in the interest of continuity it would be preferable to have people remove themselves from the set in order to drink rather than having items brought into the set especially when characters/actors were seated. The other option is for people to bring them their necessities and immediately remove them. Truth be told it doesn't bother me that much but it really is a schoolboy error which they will hopefully learn from.

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Poor set work on what was easily the worst scene of the finale. It was like they were making fun of the show they were on. They make the biggest decision ever made in westeros and they do it with no smallfolk present whatsoever so no witnesses aside from the wealthy (a bad start to be sure). They go on to choose Bran, a boy, a cripple, and someone absolutely nobody knows about. A good choice (sort of) but wasn't the whole point of Dany doing what she did because she could not rule with love so she did it with fear. Bran has neither of those things the people don't know anything about him. When they swore him in the people left alive to see it must have been like "who is this boy now? We've had 2 children serve already...and very poorly!"

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@fud_sang: I agree that that scene looked strangely empty of people. But at least there was a water bottle. :)

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@fud_sang: As it goes, Bran was well respected when he had to rule the North in his father's stead prior to Theon taking Winterfell. I would say that he had the backing of The North but not so much Daenerys' army although as a neutral, despite his Stark heritage, they would be happier with him than most of the other people who were present due to his temperament, knowledge and desire for peace over war.

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Fitting quality for an unfitting ending. Game of Thorns just proved how shitty its whole story is.

The series had good quality and nice production design. But the story and logic of its events? Oh my god. I never understood how people can watch something so badly elaborated and plain boring. It’s just so so so boring. Im a bit saddened for how this series is mere evidence of how foolish our way of art is. 8 seasons for a story that could have been said in 3 seasons, 12 episodes each.

Oh well, you will all scream at me for not catering to the massive fanbase. However, the fanbase should hold my drink :)

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@G-Corleone: When you say ”good quality” what do yo refer to more exactly? Just the production design, and nothing else?

I think the series has been very interesting overall, having many ”stories within the story” and generally well developed characters that one gets close to. While some things could have been done in a better way such as when characters were traveling long distances it sometimes felt like the jump from one place to another happened too quickly (for example going from the North to Kings Landing), I overall think things had a good pace.

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People must really being going out of their way to find these things. I've found wally quicker than that.

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One more proof that this is a rushed season, 2 years weren't enough to produce a decent conclusion.

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Dude... this... it's clear that they just didn't care about anything anymore.

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