HBO Digitally Edit Coffee Cup Out Of 'Thrones' Scene, Claim 'Difficulties' When It Comes To Patting Ghost

It's one of the most talked about shows of all time, so you can't blame fans for noticing a disposable coffee cup sitting in the background of a 'Game of Thrones' scene this week.

The cup -- which has now been confirmed to be a generic disposable coffee cup from the set's catering department and NOT a Starbucks -- had a casual cameo during the feast scene in Monday's episode and fast became a favourite character and a meme.

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Sad news for those who had hopes season eight would end with Coffee Cup taking the Iron Throne, as HBO quietly removed the coffee cup from the episode on their streaming services. While they released a tongue-in-cheek response initially, the network didn't make much fuss about the swift digital removal of the cup.

HBO Digitally Edit Coffee Cup Out Of Scene, Claim 'Difficulties' When It Comes To Patting Ghost
Now you see it, now you don't. Photo: HBO.

And while they apparently had the resources to immediately digitally amend #CupGate2019, fans of the show have been disappointed with the lack of CGI goodness when it comes to the series' bestest boy, Ghost.

Sure, he may have been there for Jon Snow since day one, but when it came time for their emotional parting, Jon basically gave him that smile reserved for when you walk past a co-worker on the way to or from the bathroom.

According to the episode's director, David Nutter, the CGI needed to give Ghost a good loving head scratch would have proven a bit too difficult. "Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations," Nutter said, "we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible and I think that it played out much more powerfully that way."

The response was met with a load of scepticism considering the last few episodes have included varying levels of dragon hijinks, a giant, and now invisible coffee cups.

Ghost shoulda been a latte, then maybe HBO would have cared for him.

Featured image: HBO.