Game of Thrones never claimed to be historically accurate — it’s a fantasy show, after all — but even its showrunners wouldn’t go as far as to hide (or forget to digitally erase) a white pickup truck in plain sight.
A Snapchat photo that was uploaded to Imgur claimed to catch a truck in the background of a scene in the latest Game of Thrones episode. Camouflaged into the snowy mountains it sat under, people proceeded to share the image, calling out those who worked on the show for leaving a truck visible in the scene.
Sound fishy? Of course it does. This is a show where secrecy takes precedence over everything else. Fake scenes between different characters are filmed to throw off paparazzi who stalk the set and throw bloggers off the trail of what’s really going on. It’s a show where the actors have expressed how frustrated they become having to lie to the press about developments on the show. Secrecy is key to Game of Thrones doing what it’s done best for seven seasons — surprising people.
If showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are this meticulous, why would they leave a truck in the episode?
Again, they didn’t. The Snap in question, which began circulating on Twitter and Reddit earlier this week, is from a behind-the-scenes documentary short that HBO released after the episode. In the video, which can be seen below, the truck in question can be viewed clearly around the 9:25 mark.
Just to really slow it down and focus on the precise moment the truck can be seen, here’s a GIF of the scene in question.
Despite the rational reason for the truck being there, it didn’t take long after the Snap was sent for people to start poking fun at its inclusion in what they believed to be the actual scene.
They spend millions on production but don't see the truck in the background #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/6utvnUpXOZ— mila (@boranbulbeni) August 24, 2017
Game Of Thrones fans shocked about a truck in the background...you're watching a show wi fuckin Dragons in it. What's more unbelievable?— Cutch (@Cutch90) August 24, 2017
Did anyone spot the truck in Game of Thrones?#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/V8kJlPYX46— GolfCentralDaily (@golfcentraldoc) August 23, 2017
Then again, this wouldn’t the first time that a period show included an object out of time. In 2014, a promotional photo for Downton Abbey included a plastic water bottle on the mantle in the background of the shot. Considering the show takes place between 1912 and 1926, the chance of a plastic water bottle being left carelessly around the house is pretty slim.
A water bottle may be forgivable, however, but a truck is certainly not. No, Benioff and Weiss — and the hundreds of people working on the show — didn’t forget about a white pickup truck in the background of a very important scene.
Although it would help to explain how the White Walkers got those chains.