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Sophie Turner Knows Who Was Behind That Game of Thrones Coffee Cup
The disposable coffee cup that erroneously cameoed in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones may be gone, but it’s certainly not forgotten. And during a visit to Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, Sansa actor Sophie Turner was asked about Coffeegate by none other than her new husband Joe Jonas, who accused her of being responsible for the rogue cup of joe via a video clip.
A picture of Turner on the Thrones set posing with Lyanna Mormont actor Bella Ramsey made the rounds after the cup gaffe was spotted, and offered some evidence for the theory that the errant cup belonged to Turner. In the photo, Turner is carrying a suspiciously similar looking to-go cup. Fallon presented Turner with the incriminating image.
“Okay, let’s clear this up,” said Turner, denying that she was behind the coffee cup. She then explained that while Lyanna Mormont met an untimely but badass end in Episode Three, the cup appeared onscreen in Episode Four, and suggested that the seemingly damning photo was therefore taken before the coffee cup scene was shot.
“We all have the same cups for all of our water and tea and everything,” said Turner. “So I’m gonna just go with—I mean, look who it’s placed in front of. Emilia Clarke! She’s the culprit.”
Even HBO itself seems to have fingered Clarke for the crime. The company released a joking statement reading, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”
The problem with Turner’s theory, however, is that Game of Thrones, like most productions, isn’t shot chronologically. So there’s no reason that scenes from Episode Four couldn’t have been filmed before Bella Ramsey’s time on the show came to an end.
For her part, Clarke attended a Houston Rockets game Friday. Team mascot Clutch bent the knee before the courtside Khaleesi, and in his hands? A coffee cup, of course.
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Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.