Game of Thrones is undeniably one of the best shows to ever exist. The dragons, the suspenseful fights and everything else! The series, with a budget of more than $15 million, consists of over 3,000 cast and crew as well as over 85 directors who bring the show to life. While these thousands of men and women work hard to provide us with quality content, every now and then, mistakes can happen. Some of the smallest things can go unnoticed by even the keenest of eyes. Viewers however, were quick to catch the mistakes, major inconsistencies and bloopers. From moving ladders to rogue laptop chargers, here are 10 of the biggest Game of Thrones bloopers and mistakes.
1. Jon Snow’s Valyrian steel is actually Valyrian rubber.
In series six, episode nine, the scene where Ramsay Bolton lets little Rickon make a run for his life, Jon Snow leaps onto his horse in an effort to save him. The scene is extremely dramatic but if you take a closer look at Jon Snow’s sword, Jon’s Longclaw is actually “Longnoodle”. Some fans were quick to point out the mistake while others explain that the production team was too busy perfecting CGI to notice the goof. Experts also stated that look-a-like products made with rubber are often given to actors as a safety measure, or perhaps Valyrian steel just isn’t as strong as we first thought.
2. Lady Melisandre’s magic necklace.
In season 6, it is revealed that Lady Melisandre is not quite what she seems. When Lady Melisandre removes her ornate necklace, she turns into her true form, a granny who is over 400 years old. It is believed that the necklace contains some form of magical power that keeps her in her youthful form and prevents any signs of aging. The production team made the mistake back in season 4, when Melisandre was chatting to Selyse Baratheon from the comfort of the bath. In the scene, it is clearly visible that she was not wearing her necklace, but was still in her youthful form. Show runners still haven’t addressed the issue but some theories say that only Melisandre can see herself in her crone form.
3. Stannis Baratheon and his laptop charger.
The battle where Stannis and his forces were defeated outside Winterfell is a scene that is hard to forget. The False King lost his army, family and pride, and as he leaned over to the tree, curious fans thought he would live to fight another day. Sadly for Stannis, Brienne of Tarth came along to exact revenge. During the scene where he lays defeated, a device that appears to be a laptop charger can be seen close to his right leg. According to HuffPost, the image was apparently a behind-the-scenes photo but during actual filming, part of the device and cord managed to make it into the actual scene from the season 5 finale. The device could have been part of the heating element that keeps the actors warm or Stannis could have just brought his laptop to make a last minute tweet.
4. One of the soldiers of the Unsullied army was either engaged or married.
The Unsullied are trained in Astapor and are handpicked when they are young to be part of the elite group of soldiers. They do not fear anything and are incapable of showing strong emotion or fear. In season 3, Daenerys travels from Qarth to Astapor to buy Unsullied. There, she offers the masters one of her dragons in exchange for 8,000 Unsullied and another 5,000 who are still in training. Of course the masters accepted the offer but Daenerys had no intention to give away her dragons. After Daenerys becomes their leader, the Unsullied Army marches to Meereen under the command of Queen Daenerys Targaryen. During the scene, one of the soldiers of the Unsullied army can be seen wearing a ring.
5. Daenerys Targaryen’s herbal tea cup.
In S8 E4, ‘The Last of the Starks’, fans spotted a huge mistake made by Game of Thrones creators. What looked like a Starbucks cup was spotted on a table in front of Daenerys Targaryen during a party at Winterfell. Starbucks was quick to capitalize the free publicity by joking that they were “surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink”. HBO immediately responded that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea”. Now, however, the broadcaster has managed to edit out the cup from the episode as well as copies of the episode that are being streamed. “It exists now only in our memory. And in hundreds of screengrabs and memes”, tweeted HBO.
6. Season 1 intro says Sansa Stark is Targaryen.
It is well known that Sansa Stark is a pure northerner, so why was she listed as a Targaryen? During the beginning of the show, in season 1, Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa, was placed alongside an image of a dragon. Although it was probably an error, some fans are skeptical that it is in fact an easter egg which could be sending a subtle message about Sansa Stark’s real lineage.
7. Khaleesi, Queen of Different Wigs.
Unlike other series and shows, it takes months or even years to produce a single Game of Thrones episode. For instance, in the last season of Game of Thrones, the epic battle alone took 55 nights to film. According to Entertainment Weekly, it took 55 days to just film the battle’s outdoor scenes at the Winterfell set, whereas other parts of the battle took weeks to film. Filming such scenes for long periods of times can be challenging, and it also puts strain on the costume and hairstylists, who have to keep up with the film crew. If you take a close look at the two scenes, not only does Khaleesi’s hairstyle mysteriously change, her fur coat looks a bit fuzzier in the second frame on the right.
8. Jorah possibly gave Daenerys Greyscale.
In S5 E9, after saving Daenerys from the Sons of the Harpy, Jorah offers Daenerys his exposed hand to help her down from the stage and Daenerys takes it. According to the books and the show, Greyscale, the super-contagious skin disease, can spread through a simple touch. Some theories suggest that in order to get Greyscale, one has to touch a greyscale infection, but not an infected person. There is also no known cure for Greyscale. Then again, in the books, she talks about how her brother Viserys told her that Targaryens were immune to certain things.
9. Cersei saying that there were only two of the same necklace.
In the series, it’s not just Melisandre who has issues with the necklace. The Lannisters apparently have so much wealth that they can’t even keep track of their jewelry. In season 5, Cersei receives a necklace, which is supposed to be of her daughter, which is meant to be a threat. Cersei immediately believed that the Dornish were mocking the Lannister lioness by sending Myrcella’s necklace in the jaws of a viper. In the scene where Cersei explains the situation to Jaime, she also explains that there are only two such necklaces in existence; Cersei’s and Myrcella’s. Attentive fans however, found that this was not true since in an earlier season, Joffrey gives Sansa Stark a necklace that the Stark girl says is, “just like the one your mother wears”.
10. Khal Drogo and his magic gold.
When Khal Drogo prepares to give Viserys his golden crown, the gold can be seen melting at an extraordinary rate. The scene is extremely dramatic but the writers and producers forgot to check the scientific facts about gold and its melting point. Pure gold has a melting point of 1945 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average campfire is around 700 degrees. The Dothraki campfire defied logic because the scene shows Drogo’s medallions turning into a goopy mass within moments.