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House of the Dragon Showrunners Challenge Viewers to Find Digitally Removed Starbucks Cups

Showrunners for House of the Dragon won't make the same infamous Game of Thrones mistake again.
  • Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, with a Starbucks cup (Photo: HBO/Twitter)
    Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, with a Starbucks cup (Photo: HBO/Twitter)

    House of the Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik issued a challenge for viewers of the Game of Thrones prequel series: find the scenes where a Starbucks cup was digitally removed.

    Sapochnik was referencing the viral moment from the fourth episode of Game of Thrones' final season, in which a Starbucks cup can be seen on-screen.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, co-showrunner Ryan Condal said he and his colleagues were extra careful not to make a repeat mistake, saying they kept "a very heavily policed set — there was lots of Starbucks-hunting going on."

    "We always joked around about it, that we were going to make Starbucks goblets so at least they fit in the scene," said Condal.

    But Sapochnik, on the other hand, joked that he left coffee cups "everywhere we could so that later on we could paint them out digitally."

    He then issued his challenge to viewers: "See if you can see where the Starbucks cups were that we removed digitally after the fact, and if you can find one, there is a prize," that prize being "A cup of coffee."

    House of the Dragon premieres on HBO and HBO Max on August 21.

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    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: House of the Dragon, HBO, Game of Thrones, Miguel Sapochnik, Ryan Condal, Starbucks