It took all of about three minutes for the stray coffee cup in the season 8 Game of Thrones episode “The Last of the Starks” to join the Stormtrooper bumping his head in the opening of A New Hope in the TV And Film Mistakes Hall of Fame. It was a truly hilarious moment in pop culture for a minute there, so powerful and so resonant that it almost made everyone forget for a hot minute just how disappointingly the eighth season of Thrones was going.
Months later, the question lingered: who was responsible?
Aside from script supervisors, whose job it may have been to notice these sort of things, that is. Who brought the coffee cup onto the set and who left it in plain sight of the shot? It seemed for a while the answer to this might remain a mystery for eternity.
No more. We have our answers thanks to a certain Dragon Queen. Emilia Clarke spilt the beans on a recent Jimmy Fallon appearance.
We know who owned that coffee cup.
“Here’s the truth,” Clarke told Fallon, “We had like a party before the Emmys recently, and Conleth [Hill], who plays Varys, who’s sitting next to me in that scene, he pulls me aside and he’s like, ‘Emilia, I’ve got to tell you something. I’ve got to tell you something, love. The coffee cup was mine!’ It was his! It was Conleth’s coffee cup. He said so.”
Now, it’s perhaps crucial to note that Hill seems to have been a bit drunk at the party, so he might not have been the most trustworthy source in the moment. Nonetheless, one of the great lingering mysteries of Thrones has been solved.
We may never find out exactly what the Night King wanted, but we know who the coffee cup belonged to.
And for now, that may have to be enough.