Sadly, for those of us who hoped it might be a hint that the twist ending to Game of Thrones would be along the same lines as Monty Python and the Holy Grail or The Truman Show, the offending coffee cup has since been removed. The scene took place just ahead of the 17:40 mark in episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 8.
Fans lit up social media with memes and jokes about the stray cup, with some inserting the company's green and white logo on photos of castles featured in the series.
"The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake", the cable channel said in a statement.
Fans noticed Tuesday that the coffee cup has since been edited out and mourned another death within the realm of Westeros.
Some saw it as a nefarious attempt at product placement, though most just assumed it was an uncharacteristic slip-up from an otherwise faultless show.
The Star Wars actress has played Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO series for 8 seasons, and viewers have watched her go through an epic journey of being captured to becoming potential Queen of the seven kingdoms. Others were also having a ball tweeting gifs and encouraging Starbucks to "capitalise" on the cameo, while also creating a Game of Thrones-inspired beverages for consumers.
That coffee cup cameo in Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones is now a relic of the past thanks to a little Hollywood magic.
Check out the images below; Game of Thrones' penultimate episode ever airs May 12th on HBO; will it be a Mother's Day gift for Cersei? In an email to Variety, Richter pointed out that odd items accidentally end up in shots in movies and television all of the time.
Meanwhile, statistics by Digimind infer that the coffee cup appearance impacted mentions of Starbucks in the SEA region. "Things can get forgotten on set", Richter wrote in an email.
Now that that cup is a bonafide star, we look forward to its role in at least one of the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoffs.
One particularly pissed-off GoT-fan said it could be the "the worst ending in TV history".
In fact, its biggest spike in Facebook mentions since 2017 occurred in July 2017 when the BBC reported that there was fecal bacteria found in iced drinks at some UK Starbucks locations.
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