Game of Thrones's plastic water bottle - and 9 other mistakes

Eleanor Halls
A Starbucks cup in the last episode of Game of Thrones - HBO

You'd think that with each episode averaging a budget of $10 million, and with a crew that includes over 85 directors and over 3,000 cast and crew, Game of Thrones might have the capacity to catch a little mistake.

The kind of blinding error that sends fan forums into hysteria and chips away at the fantasy's spell. And yet, almost every episode throws up major inconsistencies, from moving ladders and disappearing bodies to rogue laptop chargers and beeping phone alerts.

Westeros: Hydrate

(Series eight, episode eight)

It's almost as if Benioff and Weiss did it on purpose: two water bottles were spied behind Samwell Tarley's and Ser Davos's legs in the finale –  arguably the show's most important episode –  only four episodes after a Starbucks cup was left before Dany (see below). That said, deciding who will sit on the Iron Throne is thirsty work, (and we know Bran spends a lot of energy sitting in his chair all day), so maybe it was...symbolic? Like that random white horse. Unless the horse hoofed on set unannounced and the showrunners forgot to edit him out too? Quite possibly.

Skinny, with an extra shot

(Series eight, episode four)

There was something oddly fitting about the solitary Starbucks Cup sitting unapologetically, in full view, on the banquet table before an equally solitary Daenerys, who looked miserably on as the men and women of Winterfell downed their mead and honked around with relief. Because, does anything spell out I Am Not Having Fun quite as clearly as a takeaway cup – still neatly with its lid on – at a party?

Some desperately loyal Reddit fans have defended the blunder with the theory that Bran may have brought the cup in from the future. Indeed, a caffeine habit (definitely a Turmeric Latte – so Bran) would explain his regular Time Outs, including during The Long Night, but also: wouldn’t that have kept him awake?

Alternatively, the showrunners were short on cash after splurging on dragon CGI in the last episode, and a hefty bit of product placement for Starbucks felt like a good idea at the time.

Fleet on fleek

(Series eight, episode one)

After Theon and Yara nick Euron Greyjoy’s ships, he orders his army to build him ‘“1000 more”. The next time we see him in series eight, he’s wooing Cersei equipped with the most powerful fleet of the Seven Seas. And yet, just months prior, Euron made it known that his home on the Iron Islands doesn’t have a tree to its name… so who's the super gardener?

Unexplained chains

(Series seven, episode seven)

After Viserion is slain by the Night King, his army of the undead are seen heaving the beast from the bottom of the icy lake, using large, iron chains. Where did they come from? Who made them? Is there a forge, manned by a bunch of nifty fire-proof Wights, round the back? Besides, aren't the undead meant to be averse to water?

Jon Snow's rubber noodle

(Series six, episode nine)

As Ramsay Bolton chose an arrow for his bow, ready to fire at little Rickon and thus begin his bloodiest battle yet, Jon Snow hurried towards his horse, his brow furrowed, his sword flapping in the wind...

Hang on, what?

Fans, at first caught up within the poetics of heroism, were suddenly haunted by images of crumbling masculinity, and the moment became grotesque. Jon’s Longclaw was now, and forever, Longnoodle.

Who let the dogs out?

(Series five, episode 10)

In one of the best episodes of the series, Theon does a one-eighty, and risks his life to escape with Sansa from Dreadfort. Ramsay Bolton swiftly sends two Bloodhounds after them, despite never having owned any Bloodhounds to begin with – he had Rottweilers. Perhaps this canine identity crisis explains why, once Brienne of Tarth comes to Sansa’s rescue, the dogs are mysteriously nowhere to be seen...

Is this a Dell charger I see before thee?

(Series five, episode 10)

Stannis (plus charger)

As Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone, lay dying beneath a tree having been knifed by Brienne, an old-school laptop charger conspicuously emerges from under his leg. Perhaps he was keeping his bottom warm, or perhaps he had some online banking to finish up before his last breath. Either way, it’s a shame Brienne, usually so quick witted, didn’t hit him with the obvious.

Melisandre’s bath time

(Series four, episode seven)

In series six, episode one, we become privy to Melisandre’s bedtime routine. First, she slowly,  and seductively, removes her clothes, followed by the large, black choker around her neck. Teenage boys everywhere suddenly felt a sudden change in circumstances as the Red Woman’s firm torso collapsed into the sagging folds of a 400-year-old woman.

Melisandre without her necklace Credit: HBO

The necklace, then, rather than a pot of La Mer Concentrate, was the key to her youth, but in that case, how was she bathing without it – her beauty intact – during the premiere to series six?


You've got mail!

(Series three, episode one)

Following the riot at King's Landing, prompted by a turd lobbed at Joffrey’s face, Maergery heads down to the orphanage with gifts and food to instill loyalty among the people. As she sits on a rotting mattress, her face a vision of kindness and purity, the ping of an email notification breaks the spell. So she had an iPhone in her pocket and all she could spare the kids were some miniature knights made of wood?

Misguided Snow

(Series three, episode one)

As Jon told the Wildlings at Mance Rayder’s camp, “I may be a bastard, but he is my father, and Robb is my brother” –his forehead contorted to express his signature gravitas and depths – something peculiar occurred: the snow around him began to rise, rather than fall. Snow going the wrong way because Jon Snow is not Jon Snow: could this be the subtlest Easter Egg of them all?