Director David Nutter Refuses To Take Responsibility For The Game Of Thrones
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Some fans were legit upset with the way ‘Game of Thrones’ ended its eight-season run, but whether you were angered by the show’s narrative direction or not, one of the most bizarre occurrences of the entire show was the shocking cameo in Season 8 episode 4, “The Last of the Starks.”  In that episode, Westeros was mysteriously visited by a strange visitor from the modern world– a disposable coffee cup.

Though the coffee cup (widely referred to as a Starbucks cup, although it apparently didn’t actually come from Starbucks) was edited out for streaming views, what was really jarrings was the fact that its presence shattered the finely crafted fantasy world that the creators had so meticulously crafted over eight seasons.  Because whether you liked the final season or not, it can’t be denied that ‘Game of Thrones’ has always been crafted with a firm eye on details, and a LOT of money.

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How did this faux pas come to pass?  Don’t blame David Nutter who directed the episode.  During a roundtable directors discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, Nutter refused to accept responsibility, stating that this bit was added afterward.

“The first thing I said was they had changed an angle of the take, so I wasn’t there when they changed it, so I didn’t blame myself, which was good.  And then I looked to see if it was maybe mine — it wasn’t. But I think the show is so damn perfect in many respects that people love to find the blemishes, it’s just a little non sequitur that doesn’t really amount to anything at all.”

No one from the cast has claimed responsibility for drinking from the coffee cup, but regardless of how it got there, it sounds like Nutter shot around it, but somehow this angle snuck in during editing.

But it’s gone now.

‘Game of Thrones’ may be over, but the Blame Game appears to still be in play.