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‘Game of Thrones’ creators apologize for fake George Bush head

This post contains information about the first season of “Game of Thrones.” There are minor spoilers ahead. Yes, that is a pun. You’ll get it in a minute.

Joffrey, placer of heads on pikes. (Helen Sloan/HBO)

In the DVD commentary for the Season 1 finale, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were discussing the scene where the tiny terrible King Joffrey forces his lady Sansa to stare at the heads of her loved ones as they rot on pikes.

“The last head on the left is George Bush,” one of the creators said. (They are not pictured and their voices are very similar, so it’s difficult to say who said what.) “George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around.”

This commentary was noticed by someone on Reddit, whose observation was then picked up by io9.

Needless to say, HBO was not pleased. The cable channel released a statement saying they were “deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.” HBO apologized and said the commentary would not appear on future DVDs.

(If you have the current Season 1 DVD, congrats! It’s now a collector’s item.)

Benioff and Weiss then apologized in their own statement, explaining that they rent prosthetic body parts in bulk and that, after the scene was shot, someone pointed out the head’s resemblance to Bush.

“In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have,” the statement said. “We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”

An image of the head can be seen here.


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