And that plot thickens: Six months after the series ended, fans have been led to believe by actor Emilia Clarke, 33, who portrayed Daenerys Targaryen, that her co-star Conleth Hill was the culprit.
“We had a party before the Emmys recently, and Conleth, who plays Varys, who’s sitting next to me in that scene, he pulls me aside and he’s like, ‘Emilia, I have got to tell you something, love. The coffee cup was mine,’” the star told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show recently.
But yesterday, Hill denied Clark’s accusations on Britain’s Channel 4, saying, “You know, there’s no proof that I did it. So accuse away.”
He told the broadcaster he would have needed “Mr. Man arms,” in reference to a British children’s book character who had very long arms, to be able to plant the paper cup.
“I took a bullet for Emilia Clarke, and she touted me,” Hill, 54, joked. “I’m just not making any comments until I have a lawyer.”
He also added that the brew blooper “definitely wasn’t product placement”.
Hill isn’t the only GoT star caught in the crosshairs. A couple of months ago, Sophie Turner, who played Sansa Stark, pegged Kit Harington aka Jon Snow for the flub — apparently changing her tune after originally accusing Clarke.
The to-go cup gaffe, which was shortly followed by yet another goof featuring a plastic water bottle in the show’s finale, did creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss no favours amid non-stop controversy and debate as to whether the award-winning showrunners had blundered in the highly anticipated final season.
The coffee cup was later removed from the episode, although that didn’t appease the 1.7 million fans who signed a petition agreeing that the cup, the bottle and the entire eighth season should be scrapped to make way for “competent writers”.
This article originally appeared on The New York Post and was reproduced with permission