Game of Thrones may be an international phenomenon, but it's made by a team of human people like every other show. Because it's made by people, there's plenty of opportunities for mistakes or screw-ups. Even the best shows can't do everything perfectly, especially on a show the size of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones mistakes are going to happen and there have been quite a few over the years.
Some of the mistakes are fairly obvious, but others might be harder to catch. The show has earned a reputation for being more careless in recent years, but that's not necessarily the case. These Game of Thrones mistakes span the entire series. There's some from the pilot, and some from season 8. When you're making a TV show, mistakes and continuity errors are part of the deal.
We can all agree that The Battle of the Bastards was one of the most thrilling battle episodes in the history of Game of Thrones. Even the best battles have mistakes in them, though, and Battle of the Bastards is no exception. Although Jon Snow is supposed to be carrying a Valyrian Steel sword which presumably is made of pretty unbendable metal, we can clearly see the rubber sword he was actually wearing in several shots.
It makes sense that Kit Harington wouldn't carry an actual sword through the whole battle. It's heavy, and he could hurt someone. Even so, they probably should have done more to try to conceal the sword.
This may be the most infamous Game of Thrones goof of all, in part because it's a more obvious mistake than most of the others on this list. During the celebration after the defeat of the Night King, we see that what looks like a Starbucks coffee cup has been left in a shot of the head table where Jon and Daenerys are sitting.
The blame for this coffee cup is being spread far and wide, but whoever the culprit is, it caused a total firestorm on the internet. In the end, it may not matter who's to blame for the cup, but that doesn't meant the internet will stop obsessing.
We know, in part because she's quite proud of her heritage, that Sansa is a Stark. In the first season's opening credits, though, we see that a dragon is placed next to Sophie Turner's name instead of the wolf of House Stark. That dragon is the symbol for House Targaryen, so it's usually reserved for placement next to names like Emilia Clarke.
This was clearly an oversight, but it's one that's actually happened a few times in the show's opening credits. There's a lot of characters on Game of Thrones, and a lot of houses, so it's understandable that the show's credits would occasionally forget who goes where.
Cell phones go off all the time. We're inundated by notifications and buzzes, so it's no surprise that the people working on Game of Thrones are as well. The sound of a cell phone only made it into the world of Westeros on one occasion, when Margaery goes to visit the poor people of King's Landing and offer them comfort.
If you listen closely during the scene, you can hear a cell phone go off in the background. Thankfully, no one reacted to it, and the folks in charge liked the take so much that they decided to use it, even though there's an audible cell phone in Westeros.
The plan to capture a wight in order to show it to Cersei was bad from the jump. That plan got ever worse after we saw wights emerge from the crypts of Winterfell, and realized they were strong enough to break through solid rock. Wouldn't it also be true, then, that a wight could break out of the box it was being carried in?
It would have been nice for the show to establish some ground rules around how strong wights are. That way, we wouldn't have nagging questions that take us out of the show as it's unfolding in front of us.
On a show like Game of Thrones, all visible electronics work to take you out of the mood of the show. After all, Westeros appears to have very little advanced technology. That's why, when Stannis is on death's door and we can see some sort of mic or laptop charger sitting by his outstretched leg, it's a little jarring.
It's likely this electronic was necessary to capture Stephen Dillane's line readings, but they probably could have done a better job concealing it. After all, this is a show where dragons seem real regularly. It'd be a shame if the thing that breaks our sense of reality was a mic cord.
Melisandre is really old. We don't find that out until season 6, when she takes off the necklace she's always wearing and climbs into bed looking quite a bit older than she usually does. After that moment, which is admittedly quite shocking as it unfolds, many eagle-eyed fans looked through the rest of the series to see whether Mel had ever taken the necklace off before.
As it turns out, she did during one scene where she's speaking to Selyse Baratheon in a bathtub. While some fans have tried to excuse it by suggesting that Selyse was too under Mel's powers to notice, it's more likely that the show just made a mistake.
After Joffrey's death, Tommen Baratheon gets quite a bit older. In the show's first few seasons, Tommen is pretty much a child. After he's crowned king, though, he's aged up significantly so that he can take on a more significant role in the show.
That age up came with a recasting, as Callum Wharry was replaced with Dean-Charles Chapman. We know that Tommen's story doesn't end particularly well, but we may not have realized that two actors played him over the years. It was necessary, but it's pretty glaring if you're paying close attention.
When the Stark family gets word that King Robert is headed to Winterfell, they want to look as presentable as possible. The boys, specifically Jon and Robb, get haircuts so that they look their best. That makes sense, except that later in the episode, when the family finds the young direwolve puppies, Jon and Robb both have long hair again.
It's likely they filmed this scene and weren't totally sure where it would end up in the episode. As a result, we get a look at a shaggier version of Robb and Jon, even after they've already cleaned themselves up.
Baratheons have black hair. Usually, details like that don't matter when casting a TV show. Typically, you'd much rather have a better actor than one with the appropriate hair color. In this case, though, the fact that Baratheons have black hair is actually pretty important. That fact is what allows Ned to discover that Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen are not Robert's children, and therefore have no legitimate claim to the throne.
The fact that Baratheons invariably pass down their black hair suggests that that should be the case with Stannis's offspring as well. It's not, and since Shireen is not a bastard, that's probably a mistake.
After Sansa and Theon escape Ramsay's grasp, he sends hounds after them, as well as some of his finest soldiers. When the hounds and soldiers catch up to Sansa and Theon, the pair are eventually saved by Brienne and Pod. As a fight breaks out, the hounds seem to just vanish into thin air.
They aren't a notable part of the fight scene, and after it's over, they don't seem to be anywhere in sight. They've just vanished into thin air. It's as if the show realized that it didn't want to kill dogs on screen, and so decided to totally ignore them instead.
When Cersei receives a Lannister lion necklace from Dorne, she knows it's a threat against her daughter because they have the only two of those necklaces in existence. Previously on the show, though, we see Joffrey giving the very same necklace to Sansa as a token of his affection for her. She even remarks about the fact that it's exactly like the one Cersei wears.
This is likely a simple oversight. It's possible that Cersei didn't know about the necklace that was made for Sansa, but that seems unlikely given how protective she was of her children. The more obvious explanation is the show's writers forgot about the Sansa scene.
When Greyworm and Barristan Selmy fight the Sons of the Harpy in the streets of Meereen, it's clear that they are overwhelmed by hordes of Sons of the Harpy. Although they kill many, both of them fall in the fight. When the camera cuts to a wide angle of their bodies laying next to dead Sons of the Harpy, though, we see that some of the bodies that were in the close-ups of the fighting have vanished.
Maybe those extras decided they should take an early lunch. It's a little error, but one that many fans have spotted in that particular scene.
Viserys Targaryen's death is great in large part because of the irony it's infused with. He's killed by gold, and in a way, he finally gets the crown he always wanted. Of course, he gets that crown in the form of molten gold that Khal Drogo pours onto his skull. The act kills Viserys, but it's also not totally logical.
In reality, gold doesn't melt until it's over 1900 degrees Fahrenheit. At its hottest, fire only gets to be around 700 degrees so the gold wouldn't have melted as it does on the show. Of course, it's possible that Dothraki fires burn incredibly hot.
Dany's hair is famous for its elaborate braids. Usually, those braids are a thing of wonder and beauty. That's been true on the show's eighth season, but in the first episode of the season, her braids change slightly inside of a single scene. It's likely that parts of the scene were shot on different days, and since Emilia Clarke is always wearing one wig or another on set, it's probably hard to keep them straight.
It's great that the show's hair crew goes to such lengths to make sure that Dany always has regal braids in her hair. Unfortunately, it's not always simple to figure out which braids go with which scene.
In its early days, Game of Thrones wasn't blessed with the enormous budget that it now possesses. The sets were smaller, there were fewer extras, and the battles were still happening off screen. The show's first episode also featured one extra wearing a pair of jeans and what appears to be a Patagonia coat.
Jeans aren't exactly a fixture in Westeros, so it's unclear exactly what this person was doing on camera. Maybe it's a mistake, or maybe they thought you wouldn't notice if one of the extras wasn't in period appropriate attire. If that was the case, the show should have known better.
Jorah and Daenerys are as close as two characters can be on Game of Thrones. They may not be romantically involved, but they rely on one another. Jorah contracts greyscale when he's away from Dany, one of the deadliest diseases in the world of Game of Thrones. Greyscale is only contracted when you touch someone who's infected.
In the fighting pits in Meereen, Jorah takes Dany's hand after he's been infected. Even though the greyscale was on his other hand, it seems unlikely that he wouldn't have touched it with that hand at some point. The point is, Jorah probably shouldn't have let the queen he loves so much touch his infected skin.