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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have ended their self-imposed exile, having previously skipped San Diego Comic-Con in July. The duo gave their first interview since the HBO hit wrapped up to mixed reviews earlier this summer to Japan’s Star Channel, which means we finally got their take on the infamous coffee cup.

“We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle,” Benioff explained of the cup, which appeared in the fourth episode of the final season. “So at first I couldn’t believe it, and then it was embarrassment; ‘how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?’ And then, eventually, it was just funny. This one is just a mistake, and it’s kind of funny to us now.”

Although Benioff and Weiss claim to have seen the humor in the situation, HBO later digitally edited the cup out of the scene. No word on whether the showrunners found the errant water bottle that appeared in the finale funny as well, or if they’ve been able to laugh off the scathing criticism the final season faced.

Benioff did comment on the final season during the interview, according to Game of Thrones fan news site Watchers on the Wall, but just to point out his favorite scene. Here’s what he said:

“One [season eight scene] that sticks out to me, because Brienne of Tarth has always been one of our favorite characters, is the moment where she’s knighted by Jaime Lannister; it’s just a wonderful thing in the story, and to see Gwen’s face in that moment… I’ve probably seen that scene four hundred times and every time it gets me. It makes me a little bit thrilled, it makes me tear up. I love that scene.”

Here’s the full quote sequence about the coffee cup, as reported by Watchers on the Wall:

Benioff gets a bit philosophical about it, though with a definite tone of irony: “I think in Persian rugs it’s tradition that you make a little mistake when making the rug, because only God can do anything perfect, so for us I guess that just was our [mistake].”

Weiss interrupts, jokingly: “That’s why I put the coffee cup there. Conscious, concerted statement of our imperfection.”

The real answer, provided by Benioff, is of course not as funny: “We were concentrating so much on Daenerys and Jon Snow that we just didn’t see this coffee cup right in the middle. So, at first I couldn’t believe it, and then it was embarassment; ‘how did we not see this coffee cup in the middle of the shot?’. And then, eventually, it was just funny. This one is just a mistake, and it’s kind of funny to us now.”

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