Blunders and gaffes are a dime a dozen in the film and television industry.
Filmmakers strive for consistency and realism but sometimes it slips through their fingers for the world to see. And at that point, there isn’t a whole lot the studios or filmmakers can do about it. It is what it is once it airs.
And “Game of Thrones” committed one of the biggest gaffes earlier in the season and they did the exact same thing for a second time during Sunday’s finale.
Gaffes and blunders are unavoidable and nearly every single movie has them. One of the reasons why legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick consistently went over budget was because he was meticulous with continuity and you’d be hard-pressed finding anything of that nature in any of his movies.
Other times, the movie production budget is so enormous that if there are any unnoticed gaffes when you’re filming, the studio or financiers just roll with it hoping you won’t notice. And it’s not just bad movies. Some of them are considered to be amongst the best of all time.
In Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart” during an epic pre-automobile battle scene, you can see a few white cars in the background. Also, you can see some characters during the battle sequences wearing watches as well. Obviously, not of the time.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” right before Cary Grant is shot when he’s in the Mount Rushmore café, you can see an extra, a child, cover his ears before he’s shot. The child inadvertently foreshadows what’s about to happen.
During the iconic scene in “Pulp Fiction” when Jules and Vincent visit the college-aged kids who stole money from their boss Marsellus Wallace and Jules delivers the epic Ezekiel 25:17 speech, you can see bullet holes in the wall behind them before one of the kids hiding in the kitchen comes out and starts blasting – missing both of them.
They happen all the time and it’s likely you won’t catch them unless you have a critical eye looking for errors.
However, “Game of Thrones” did the unforgivable when a Starbucks coffee cup was spotted in a pivotal scene in an earlier episode. Maybe Winterfell has Starbucks. They never really addressed it.
But no, that’s wishful thinking.
And then they did it again in the pivotal finale of HBO’s hit show when during the meeting where most of the central characters discussed the fate of Westeros and ultimately Bran Stark was the heir to the coveted throne.
Here’s that moment:
— Beth (@bethisloco) May 20, 2019
Once is laughable but to do it a second time in the same season? That’s just lazy production quality.
Can you imagine a situation where virtually every other aspect of the production was perfection and then something like this happened? It would just deteriorate the quality because your suspension of disbelief – especially with a show that takes place in a fantasy world – would go right out the window.