In the first interview since the HBO series ended, David Benioff and DB Weiss joked about some of the blunders in season eight.
David Benioff jokingly compared the infamous coffee cup blunder to a Persian rug:
In Persian rugs it’s tradition that you make a little mistake when making the rug, because only God can do anything perfect. That’s why I put the coffee cup there. It was a conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection.
Benioff admitted the mistake did embarrass them both:
We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle.At first I couldn’t believe it and then it was embarrassment, because how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?…Eventually it was just kind of funny. Because this one is just a mistake and it’s just kind of funny to us now.
Bernadette Caufield, one of the show’s executive producers, apologized when the episode initially aired. So it’s good to hear the show’s creators joke about it now.
Weiss touched on the fact that the show’s last season garnered so many Emmy nominations (32 in total!). He said he was honestly surprised, and he thought “(season seven) would have been the peak.”
Benioff also commented on Gwendoline Christie’s Emmy nomination:
Brienne of Tarth has always been one of our favourite characters and the moment where she is knighted by Jamie Lannister is just a wonderful thing in the story. To see Gwyn’s face in that moment – I’ve probably watched that scene 400 times and every time it gets me.
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