There's been a lot of chatter since Sunday about how a Starbucks cup with lid was "accidentally" included in a shot of this week's Game of Thrones / "The Last of the Starks" episode. Katy Kay, the BBC's Washington correspondent said something to the effect that, "You would think that a show that costs $10 million an episode to produce would have caught this."
I disagree with the whole notion that it was a mistake. For the episode immediately following their biggest of the season, "The Long Night”, the one that featured one of the largest, longest and most detailed battle scenes ever on any screen -- 55 night shoots along with, no doubt, several sound stage days, "The Long Night” drew 17.6 million viewers, their highest number ever. So what could you possibly do for the episode that followed it to keep people talking about G.O.T.?
Well how about subtly placing some "continuity violation" in one shot so that a few people (who think they are smart and observant) catch it and start talking it up, thereby bringing renewed attention. Seems like any show that deals in such enormous budgets, much of which is spent on computer-generated graphics, could have easily digitally masked or substituted this gaff for a cup more period appropriate. IF they wanted to. Instead I think (IMHO) it was a deliberate stunt.
I think it was just an honest mistake but I'm surprised someone didn't spot it and get it rotoed-out in the final stages. Thing is, and I know this from personal experience, you can look at something so long, while working on various details and playing the thing over and over and OVER... your brain no longer can catch something that's obvious to a fresh pair of eyes.