The two partners in crime, who robbed us of the final season of GOT, addressed one serious gaffe in the series’ history, the damned coffee cup during the beginning of ‘The Last of the Starks.’ D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were together answering some questions with Japan’s Star Channel, and they talked about the final season, and by the final season, we mean the coffee cup scene.
Though HBO later removed the coffee cup digitally, fans were quick to catch the mental lapse by the people involved in making the show. Like the North never forgets its friends and its enemies, the internet also never forgets anything, the whole thing turned into a meme, and it went on to show the frustration people felt after the end of what was supposed to be the greatest battle in TV history. The creators of the show said they laughed about the situation in retrospect after being a little embarrassed when the episode aired for the first time.
“I think in Persian rugs it's tradition that you make a little mistake when you're making the rug because only God can do anything perfect, so for us, I guess that was just our [mistake],” David said about the placement of the cup in the episode.
“That's why I put the coffee cup there... a conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection,” Weiss chimed in with a joke. Considering how the series came out in the end, we would say it wasn’t your only “concerted statement” of imperfection. The whole final season was, to put it extremely lightly, imperfect and the fact a coffee cup was the most significant talking point after the battle between the living and the dead, shows how much imperfect season eight was.
Then the duo got serious and finally gave an explanation which was something the whole fanbase said about the final season of Game of Thrones. They said the reason they missed the coffee cup was because the shoot for the last season was hectic and they forget to hone in on the finer details (sounds pretty familiar). Weiss shrugged after giving the answer and Benioff just laughed and said, “We're concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle. So at first, I couldn’t believe it, and then it was kind of embarrassment because 'How did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?' And then, eventually, it was just kind of funny. This one is just a mistake, and it’s kind of funny to us now, you know?”
Watch: The infamous scene from season eight episode four where the coffee cup is seen
After the episode aired everyone tried to make light of the situation with HBO joking it was a herbal tea while Emilia Clarke posting on her Instagram page about leaving the bag in next time so there will be no confusion. Sophie Turner, on the other hand, blamed Kit Harington for the whole debacle and called him lazy and deduced since the coffee was in front of Kit’s chair, it should’ve been him. And Liam Cunningham, who played 'Ser Davos' was on hand to defend Kit by saying Emilia “probably drinks too much coffee.”
The matter was not the coffee cup; it was the fact how in such a huge production, something as apparent as a coffee cup made it on to the set of the show and no one noticed the whole thing for however long the shoot took place. The coffee cup signified the lack of interest the creators of the show showed during the final run of what could’ve been the greatest series in the history of television. Lack of oversight and the fact Weiss and Benioff acted like the dictators of the show and didn’t allow any input what so ever on the final season of the show was what got the coffee cup so much coverage.
Watch: Sophie Turner blames Kit Harington for the coffee cup debacle
It was never about the coffee cup; it was about fans’ frustration and the utter lack of competence shown by the creators of the series, which fans of the series loved for over eight years and books readers for almost 30 years. Except for Dave Hill and Bryan Cogman who were involved in the writing of the first two episodes of the final season, none of the former writers of the show were brought back for the final season of the series.
Weiss and Benioff hired two staff writers who never wrote a single letter of a script for the series and handed them the reigns to the final season of what was supposed to be the greatest show on earth. It is the definition of incompetence, and it is also what the coffee cup signifies, lack of care for the final product and the feelings of the fans along with an abundance of incompetence.
Watch: The point where it all went to sh*t
This probably will be the only time the two creators of Game of Thrones address anything about the final season of the series in a long while, but at least we got clarification about the coffee cup mistake, whatever good it’s supposed to do!