WARNING: This article may include light spoilers for the final episode of Game of Thrones, Season eight, Episode six (S08E06). We're not ruining any plot points, but there are photos and short videos below from one of this episode's scenes.
Do I dare list all the stupid things that have happened in this final season of Game of Thrones? In a short seven episodes, creators managed to leave a coffee cup in a scene, forget that Jaime Lannister had a golden hand, completely alter the geography of King's Landing, and get a petition with over 1.2 million signatures demanding a remake of the season.
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were apparently offered more money and more time to wrap up the beloved HBO show and turned it down, so most fans are directing their disappointment directly at D&D.
But with these kinds of mistakes I'm torn: is D&D to blame for water bottles left by the feet of actors during a scene? And if not them... who do we blame for this screw-up?
Here are some stills from the scene where the water bottle is visible behind Davos' foot. And sure, we can blame the actor for having the water bottle on set, but dudes gotta have a drink.
So I always wonder if they run their shoots where actors don't always know the camera that is on them is rolling. Perhaps they think the director is only shooting from a different camera and so they don't have to worry about being seen.
And then, when they get to post-production, these moments where the actors are acting natural and don't realize they're being filmed end up being used in the final edit of the episode... which, again, is fine... if someone is paying attention to the nitty-gritty as they should be.
Which they obviously are not. If they were able to remove the now-infamous coffee cup from episode 4 then we know they are capable of doing it in general.
So if this water bottle was spotted in post-production, why wasn't it digitally removed?! And if it wasn't spotted at all... then give that job to one of the many fans who noticed it almost instantly. Someone needs new glasses.
Fans were obviously more than a little unimpressed, especially because of all the stupidity I mentioned above.
It's not just about the show being rushed, either. It's about ruining the finale of a show that so many people loved so much. Things like this completely obliterate any suspension of disbelief. How can I see Westeros when I'm seeing water bottles? How can I see Daenerys and ignore Emilia Clarke when there's a Starbucks cup in a shot?
This is why it's frustrating: because as a fan who has paid for everyone involved in the making of the show to get rich, all I'm asking for is the experience, the suspension of disbelief. And with things like this, I feel robbed.