- Emilia Clarke may have put an end to the “Game of Thrones” coffee cup debate during her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday.
- The rogue takeaway cup sparked plenty of accusations after it appeared in front of Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen, on the final season’s fourth episode, “The Last of the Starks.”
- Her “Thrones” costar Sophie Turner had previously told Fallon the cup belonged to Clarke.
- But this week Clarke said Conleth Hill, who played shadowy adviser Lord Varys, has since confessed.
- “He pulls me aside and he’s like, ‘Emilia I’ve got to tell you something. The coffee cup was mine,'” she told Fallon.
- “He said: ‘I think it was, I’m sorry darling, I didn’t want to say anything because it seemed the heat was very much on you.'”
- Funnily enough, Daenerys executes Varys in the episode that followed the coffee cup debacle.
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The rogue coffee cup that appeared on the final season’s fourth episode, “The Last of the Starks,” sparked plenty of accusations as to who left it on the set – and was worth at least $2.3 billion in free publicity to Starbucks.
While the cup appeared on the table in front of Daenerys Targaryen, played by Clarke, the star posted a photo on Instagram in May in an attempt to clear her name. The picture showed her drinking from a cup that was noticeably different from the one that appeared in the episode.
Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” the same month, “Thrones” star Sophie Turner faced accusations of her own after Fallon showed the audience a photo of the actress holding an identical coffee cup to the one in “The Last of the Starks.”
Turner defended herself, replying: “That’s in a different scene, and also, we all have the same cups for all of our water and tea and everything.”
She added: “I’m gonna just go with, I mean look who it’s placed in front of. Emilia Clarke. She’s the culprit!”
Now, Clarke has delivered what could be the final say on the situation.
On the show this week, Fallon showed her a screengrab from the iconic scene once again, and said: “It’s interesting, because we had Sophie Turner on the show and she kind of has an idea of what happened.”
“Yeah, I heard,” Clarke said. “I heard what’s up.”
She goes on: “Here’s the truth. We had a party before the Emmys recently, and Conleth, who plays Varys, who is sitting next to me in that scene, he pulls me aside and he’s like, ‘Emilia I’ve got to tell you something. The coffee cup was mine.’
“It was his. It was Conleth’s coffee cup. He said so. He said: ‘I think it was, I’m sorry darling, I didn’t want to say anything because it seemed the heat was very much on you,’ and I was like ‘What?!'”
She added: “He might have been drunk, but he said it.”
You can watch the exchange here:
Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of the betrayal to come. In the episode that follows the coffee cup debacle – “The Bells” – Daenerys executes Varys for treason by having her dragon set him alight.
No hard feelings, then.
Elsewhere in her appearance this week, Clarke tells Fallon the “Game of Thrones” cast has a group WhatsApp where they still chat with each other.
She said she only learned about plans for the upcoming “Game of Thrones” prequel HBO just announced when someone “popped it on” their group WhatsApp.
“We were like ‘ooh,’ and that’s pretty much it,” she said. “I don’t know anything.”