Monday, 20 May 2019

#GameOfThrones: Emilia Clarke speaks on that coffee cup, the fate of her character, Daenerys

During the fourth episode of season 8 in Game Of Thrones, a coffee cup could be seen at the table of Daenerys Targaryen as characters gathered for a feast at Winterfell following their costly battle with the Knight King and his army of dead.

HBO later digitally removed from the episode the modern coffee cup from the episode, the scene now shows the Dragon Queen holding a single dark container near an empty stretch of table where the cup formerly sat.
Fans had flooded the internet with jokes, saying the cup was from Starbucks.

HBO offered a tongue-in-cheek statement about the gaffe, saying: "The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea."

The show's art director, Hauke Richter, told TMZ that the cup wasn't from Starbucks, as many people thought, but from a local coffee shop in Northern Ireland, where many of the scenes were shot. Richter added he was "certain" that it was an accident: "We are usually so diligent that this does not happen. The shoot was very hard and demanding and it is likely that after a very tiring ep 3 shoot, this was simply overlooked by an exhausted crew."

Viewers still took to Twitter to tweet about the mistake, many expressing shock that the gaffe would make it onscreen considering the current season cost millions to produce and took two years to hit HBO.

"You're telling me they had TWO YEARS to put together a decent show and they couldn't even spot the goddamn Starbucks cup in Winterfell??!?!" one user wrote.

"Imagine HBO spending millions on every single episode and being done over by a single coffee cup. Guess Dany didn't get the memo about reusable chalices #GameofThrones," another tweeted.

Emilia Clarke who played Daenerys Targaryen in the show spoke about the coffee cup as she featured in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

On if she was the one that left the cup on the table: "So, I’m just going to let you in on a little “Game of Thrones” trivia. We don’t drink Starbucks. So anyone who’s clucking around with a Starbucks cup is someone who is not a cast member. There’s no mocha-wocha-frappuccino anywhere."

On if she remember the coffee cup sitting in front of me when this scene was filmed: "No, I really don’t. You’ve got a lot of cast, and you’ve got two-hundred-odd extras in that room. But you know who I could actually quite happily blame? Did you notice some quite familiar-looking extras in that particular scene?"
On who left the cup: "When Kit is having his kind of “Cheers,” and he’s downing all the booze, there are two people who look slightly like a Metallica tribute band, and they are our showrunners and writers, David Benioff and Mr. Dan Weiss. They are in the shot. Most people were laughing at their terrible handlebar mustaches rather than looking at anything that was on the table. When I was watching it, I was too busy laughing at their hilarious return to acting. So there are many excuses for the coffee cup for you. Pick whichever one you’d like."
On her reaction to the fate of her character, Daenerys: "I read these scripts coming on to two years ago now. When I did, I took a very long walk around London in a daze, not quite knowing how to digest the news. Now, finally, people are going, “Oh, now we understand why this season hit you hard.” I had no idea what to expect for this last season. I hoped for some juicy things to get into, as I always do for each season, but I didn’t see this coming. Throughout the show, there have been these glorious moments of Daenerys taking on a very strong role in a battle or in a decision to be made. There were these wonderful moments when she takes control, and it’s really liberating and beautiful. She frees people, she kills the baddies, and it feels good.

"And, I must admit, I was sitting tentatively on that chair thinking, How long is this going to last? Everyone was saying, “Isn’t she great? She’s our savior, Mhysa.” It’s been beautiful and amazing, but I’ve been looking over my shoulder the entire time while everyone else gets a more human—for want of a better word—story line. They do good things. They do bad things. They do silly things. They do brilliant things. They fall in love. They break hearts. Daenerys has quite consistently had this road to salvation, and she’s been sitting atop a very safe mountain.

"I remember the boys—our writers and showrunners—telling me that Daenerys’s arc is that of Lawrence of Arabia. I watched “Lawrence of Arabia,” and I was, like, “Great, cool. He’s brilliant. He survived, and it’s wonderful.” But then you remember how that movie ended, with Lawrence’s disintegration. I didn’t quite put those two things together. Or maybe I didn’t want to see it coming because I care about Daenerys too much."

On not telling anyone how the show will end: "That was the worst thing ever. I couldn’t tell anyone. I mean, I’d be sitting around the table with my family being, like, “Guys, out of curiosity, what do you think of Daenerys? Do you like her? Do you think she’s nice? Do you like her?

"My best girlfriend, Lola, doesn’t watch the show. It’s not her cup of tea. But she’s been around me enough listening to snippets of conversations with everyone, from the driver to a friend at work. And she came up to me about two and a half months ago and said, “She goes bad, doesn’t she?” And it all came pouring out of me: “Oh, my God! I’ve been wanting to tell someone for so long!” And she was, like, “I knew it! I knew it!”
On some fans being disappointed on how the show ended: "I always knew that the show was never going to satisfy everyone. I watched and loved too many television series to ever think that would be possible. The stories are too vast, the characters too complex. The show is, in a certain way, divisive: “Whose side are you on?” Also, if you’re pleasing everyone, then it’s probably quite tepid. But to me it seemed like the only way it could end."

You can read the rest of the feature here.

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