This isn't without significance, either. King's Landing is likely going to be centerpiece of the show's big finale. If viewers who have stuck with this series for eight years can't even recognize this key location, surely that's a problem. Fans on Reddit were quick to note the discrepancy, with many offering explanations for the sudden change. Theories range from Cersei leveling the greenery to better see her enemies approaching to Euron harvesting the trees for his fleet of ships. Of course, none of that explains what happened to the mountains.
This could just be a case of the Thrones team altering a location to better express the show's current tone. King's Landing is no longer crammed full of the opulence and extravagance we saw when we were first introduced to it. After several murdered kings, a spat with religious zealots that ended in a massive explosion, and the now-daily risk of being incinerated by a pissed-off dragon, perhaps we're meant to view the city as a lifeless husk of its former self. Or the production screwed up, like with that coffee cup.
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