Before Marty vs. Marvel, the biggest pop culture controversy involved a coffee cup.
A Starbucks cup was clearly visible in an episode during the final season of Game of Thrones it was later edited out, leading to millions of jokes and billions of dollars in free publicity for the Seattle-based chain. The blame game quickly followed: Sophie Turner pointed a finger at Emila Clarke, who told Jimmy Fallon that, actually, it was Conleth Hill. “We had like a party before the Emmys recently, and Conleth, 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!” she said. “It was Conleth’s coffee cup. He said so.” If only it were that simple:
Hill, who played Lord Varys in the series, told British broadcaster Channel 4 on Sunday, “You know, there’s no proof that I did it. So accuse away. I would need to have had Mr. Man arms to leave a coffee cup there,” Hill added. “I took a bullet for Emilia Clarke and she touted on me.” Mr. Men is a series of British children’s books, one of which features a character with extra-long arms.
The cup was left in the episode because, as Thrones showrunner David Benioff explained, “We were 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 an embarrassment because, ‘How did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?’ And then eventually it was just funny. This one is a mistake, and it’s kind of funny to us now.” Will we ever find out who the cup belonged to? Yes: Martin Scorsese.
Sad news for dog lovers is coming in today as it's now being reported that another beloved television animal has passed away. Odin the Northern Inuit, the dog seen by millions of Game of Thrones fans across the world when he played Bran Stark's pet direwolf Summer in the very first episode of the hit HBO series, died this week after battling mouth cancer for the past several months. According to his owners, Odin had spent his final days with his family taking walks on the beach and dining on his favorite foods, dying at the age of ten this week when his health took a turn for the worse.
In a social media post confirming Odin's passing, his owners state they adopted the Inuit when he was just a 7-week-old puppy, spending the next ten years with the television dog as a very important part of the family. 'Odin's passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories to tell than some people would,' they explain on Instagram. Adding that we can all 'take great comfort in knowing that he is forever immortalised' on Game of Thrones, the owners also note: 'It's an incredible piece of luck to have a pet you love so well become world famous and touch so many people's hearts.'
Longtime Game of Thrones fans might remember when Ned Stark Sean Bean adopted orphaned direwolf puppies for each of his five children: Grey Wind for Robb Richard Madden, Lady for Sansa Sophie Turner, Nymeria for Arya Maisie Williams, Summer for Bran Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Shaggydog for Rickon Art Parkinson. Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow Kit Harington adopted another direwolf puppy named Ghost for himself as well. Following the appearances of the direwolves as puppies in season one, CGI would later be used to create the larger adult versions of the animals in later seasons.
Recently, we lost another famous television dog as well, as Modern Family's bulldog Stellapassed away just days after the series wrapped filming its final episode. Last year also saw the deaths of the animal actors who played the beloved pet dogs on the comedy shows Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Fuller House. Needless to say, it's been a bit rough lately for dog lovers, so let's hope our other favorite pets from television stay safe with no new casualties for a long, long time.
Following Odin's cancer diagnosis, HBO also did their part in caring for the Game of Thrones star by helping to raise funds to pay for his ongoing medical treatment; Odin's family says the leftover funds after paying for the vet bill will be donated to animal charities. Though the dog was unfortunately unable to be saved, his top-notch medical treatment and the quality care from his owners went a long way in making his final days on Earth as comfortable and happy as they could possibly be for the world-famous pet. Rest in peace, sweet Odin - you were a very good boy. This news comes to us from...
The wildly controversial “Game of Thrones” series finale will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in two months the episode’s airdate was May 19, 2019, and with some distance comes some brutal honesty from cast member Emilia Clarke. The Emmy nominee played Daenerys Targaryen throughout the show’s eight-season run and says in a recent interview with The Sunday Times that the HBO drama’s series finale left her annoyed. “Thrones” ended with Daenerys becoming the primary antagonist of the series. The character dies after being stabbed by Jon Snow. Clarke tells The Times, “Yeah, I felt for her. I really felt for her. And yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn't have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally.”
“I knew how I felt [about the ending] when I first read it, and I tried, at every turn, not to consider too much what other people might say,” Clarke continued, “But I did always consider what the fans might think — because we did it for them, and they were the ones who made us successful, so it's just polite, isn't it?”
Clarke admitted she was upset Daenerys didn’t get a “happy ending,” but she maintains “Thrones” was “a gift” for her as an actress and she will always be thankful she got to be a small part of one of the biggest TV shows of all time. Clarke suggests the show could have handled its final season better if it ran for more than just six episodes, saying, “We could have spun it out for a little longer.”
One part of the final season that Clarke did not like was that it was nothing but action set pieces and there was no room for character-driven dialogue moments. The actress said she would have liked more dialogue scenes, an opinion she first shared with Entertainment Weekly shortly after the series finale aired. Clarke said at the time she wished the show gave her more dialogue scenes with co-star Lena Headey, who played Cersei Lannister.
‘It was all about the set pieces,” Clarke tells The Times about the final season. “I think the sensational nature of the show was, possibly, given a huge amount of airtime because that's what makes sense.”
All eight seasons of “Game of Thrones” are now streaming on HBO Go. Clarke’s full interview with The Times is now available online.