11 Biggest Game of Thrones Failures
While ‘Game of Thrones’ is absolutely epic, it is also filled with certain production errors, which is normal because people make mistakes all the time. Some fans have recently pointed out all those blunders after the most recent one in Season Eight Episode Four. So, let’s take a look at several tiny slips that the HBO show committed during the last ten years.
11. ROBB AND JON’S HAIR
Pilot episodes are often filled with inconsistencies because the showrunners end up changing several things after it airs. This mistake is rather minor because it happened on Season One, Episode One, and it is more of a continuity error. When viewers first saw Robb Stark and his “half-brother” Jon Snow, they were pretty clean-shaven.
However, in a later scene, the two brothers were spotted grooming themselves for the arrival of King Robert Baratheon. During the scene where they find the direwolf puppies, they can also be seen with facial hair. This continuity inaccuracy confused fans, but it might suggest that more time is passing in one episode than most fans realized.
10. STANNIS BARATHEON’S LAST MOMENTS
One great scene in the show was the death of Stannis Baratheon at the hands of Brienne of Tarth. But, his forces were actually defeated way before just outside Winterfell. Most fans were glad because he had burned his daughter, Shireen, at the stake to “please” the Lord of Light. However, it was also surprising because Stannis is a huge part of the novels written by George R.R. Martin.
Only a few eagle-eyed fans were able to see the wires that stuck out of his leg when Brienne was going to kill him to avenge the death of Renly Baratheon. Additionally, aside from the wires, a gadget similar to a computer charger can be seen. Who knew Winterfell was so modern?
9. JON’S FAULTY SWORD
The Battle of the Bastards was an epic fight sequence for television, and it was first on television, only surpassed by the massive event of the Battle of Winterfell. When Jon Snow took his weapon, Longclaw, and charged toward Ramsay Bolton, everyone cheered as if they were battling themselves. No fan wanted Ramsay to keep going.
Luckily, thanks to the soldiers from The Vale, the good guys prevailed in that battle, but there is something most people did not see. An online user noticed that Jon Snow’s sword was not exactly made of metal, but seemed like rubber. Of course, actors should not be given real weapons because a lot of accidents – and lawsuits – would occur.
8. THE RED WOMAN’S NECKLACE
Season Six revealed for the first time that Melisandre’s necklace was more important than anyone realized, and it also exemplified the extent of her powers. The necklace made her look young, and possibly immortal because she died after taking it off in Season Eight Episode Three. However, several seasons before that reveal, she was seen bathing without the piece of jewelry.
It was a scene where she spoke with Stannis’ wife, Selyse Baratheon. Even without the necklace, she retained her youthful appearance, and it made fans wonder if the choker was truly necessary. In any case, making fans question things is not good.
7. THE MISSING CORPSES
Season Five was definitely tough on the ‘Game of Thrones’ crew. During Episode Four, there was a scene where Ser Barristan Selmy, Grey Worm, and some of the Unsullied were ambushed by the Sons of the Harpy, the rebel group from Meereen funded by the masters. It was an awful moment where Barristan lost his life.
The room was littered with dead bodies, but for some reason, the corpses of the Sons of the Harpy disappeared, and only the others were left. It seems completely impossible that none of them lost their lives during that confrontation.
6. THE HEIGHT ISSUE
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, is a pretty tall man at 6’1”. But, his co-star Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, is even taller at 6’3”. There are a couple of scenes, however, where Jamie seems taller than Brienne or even that same height. That might have been faulty camera work because their difference is clearly noted in Season Eight, Episode Four when they kissed.
5. THE PRESIDENT’S HEAD
One important part of making any show or film is that the production of the network or studio reuses anything they can to cut costs. Sometimes, they redesign the already-built set and repurpose them, and they even reuse wigs. Head molds are also reused on several occasion, and some keen-eyed fans of the show noticed something odd in one.
As most people know there are a lot of beheadings in ‘Game of Thrones’, but one of the most important was the death of Ned Stark during the first season. Later on, when Joffrey showed Sansa the head of her father on a spike, people could see that it was actually the mold of George W. Bush’s head with long hair. The producers confirmed and apologized for this during the DVD commentary.
4. THE EMAIL
After the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the Tyrell joined forces with the Lannister, and Margaery wanted to marry King Joffrey to advance her house’s plans. During a particular scene, she visited some of the orphans of the battle, and when she gave them toys, there was a weird sound that not many people heard.
It was similar to the sound of a cell phone's ringtone when a text message comes in or even an email. Could it be that Natalie Dormer had her mobile in her costume at the time? It could also have been some else in the crew.
3. THE WHITE WALKER WAS GONE
Every season outdoes itself with even bigger and crazier fight scenes, and as mentioned earlier, the Battle of Winterfell was a serious doozy. However, during Season Seven, a small team joined Jon Snow on a trip to the North to get a wight to prove to Cersei that they existed. However, during a tough moment when everyone was fighting, some in CGI made a mistake.
They forgot to add a wight or a White Walker in front of Beric Dondarrion, and he was be seen waving at nothing with his fire-lit sword. It’s funny, but those who notice these things comment that they detract from the realism of the show.
2. CHANGING ACTORS
This is not exactly an error, but rather a choice that confused fans. ‘Game of Thrones’ has been known for changing the actor of a particular role on several occasions. One prominent example is Daario Naharis, who was introduced as a lieutenant of the Second Sons during Season Three. At the time, actor Ed Skrein played the role, but he was replaced by Michiel Huisman for Season Four.
Another example is Ser Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, who has been played by three different actors in the past years. First, it was Conan Stevens, and then Ian Whyte. However, in the latest seasons, actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson has been portraying the role of Cersei’s henchman.
1. THE INFAMOUS COFFEE CUP
In the latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’, the people of Winterfell are celebrating their victory against the White Walkers. Arya was the hero as she killed the Night King, but she was nowhere to be found during the gathering. However, viewers did spot something odd. Next to Daenerys, there was a coffee cup, similar to those sold by Starbucks.
HBO acknowledge the mistake and apologized to viewers. They also cleared up that it was not from Starbucks but craft services instead. They also tweeted a funny message, “The latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. #Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.” It has also been revealed that the coffee has been erased, but the internet will never forget.
Fans are still laughing about that coffee cup, which was frankly the only comic relief of that tough episode. Let us know which error was the worst in your opinion. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who enjoy spotting this continuity blunders. See you next time!