Jimmy Fallon then showed a picture of the infamous Starbucks coffee cup sitting on a dining table in the middle of Winterfell.
He jokingly blamed Turner for the fiasco after showing “evidence” of her dressed in character as Sansa Stark holding a Starbucks cup with actress Bella Ramsey (Lyanna Mormont) in between takes.
The newlywed explained that the character she is pictured with dies prior to that much-tweeted about episode, so it was clearly from a different scene.
“We all have the same cups for all of our water and tea and everything,” she added. “So I’m just gonna go with … I mean look who it’s placed in front of,” as she pointed to Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen. “Emilia Clarke, she’s the culprit.”
She then teased Fallon, “You’re a terrible detective.”
When the late-night host asked if everyone from the cast was texting about it, the HBO star revealed that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) simply texted, “Great episode. Is that a coffee cup?”
Clarke responded to the controversy on Instagram on Thursday, May 9 with a photo of herself holding a coffee cup in character with Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage, presumably from several seasons prior. She captioned it, “Did I just stumble upon the truth here?! The cup bearer does not drinketh the Starbucks tea… oh and this ain’t a spoiler just a lost wanderer coming home for a mid filming cuppa….🔥”
During the fourth episode of this season, eagle-eyed fans spotted the modern day cup in the middle of a celebration scene in Winterfell. At one point, Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) gives a speech about Jon Snow (Kit Harington). During the speech, the camera panned to Daenerys, and the cup can be seen at approximately the 17:38 mark of the episode.
HBO commented on Monday: “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”