HBO Apologizes For Decapitating George Bush In ‘Game Of Thrones’ [Video]
Did you see George W. Bush make a cameo in Game of Thrones? He was one of the decapitated heads that was sitting on a sharp pole.
The scene appeared in season one of Game of Thrones, and apparently, Bush’s head has been shown several times throughout the series. In the DVD commentary, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explain that they aren’t fulfilling some sort of sick fantasy. They just needed a few prop heads and happened to have a model of George W. Bush lying around.
“The last head on the left is George Bush. 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.”
Weiss and Benioff clarified in a statement, saying:
“What happened was this: we use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk. After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
HBO also released a statement apologizing for decapitating the former president.
“We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.”
Here’s the clip from Game of Thrones featuring George W. Bush’s decapitated head.