Game Of Thrones: George W. Bush severed head apology

News Louisa Mellor
14 Jun 2012 - 08:01

Game Of Thrones creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have been taken to task for putting a prosthetic of George W. Bush’s decapitated head on a spike in season 1…

Anyone who listened to the Game Of Thrones season 1 Blu-ray and DVD commentary (or who read our feature on the 46 things we learnt from it) will remember showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss revealing a good many of the show’s secrets. Dany’s horse heart? Made from dried pasta and tasted like bleach. Winterfell’s Godswood pool? Filled with black paint. And that severed head on a spike to the left of Septa Mordane’s? George W. Bush in a wig.

“It’s not a political statement,” said Benioff in their defence, “…we just had to use what heads we had lying around.” That wasn’t explanation enough for the Republican leaders who have taken the news less than kindly, forcing the showrunners and HBO to issue apologies promising to have the image (below) removed from any future DVD production.

HBO called the use of Bush’s head as “unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste”, classifying it as an “inadvertent careless mistake”. Benoiff and Weiss maintain it was an oversight due to their need to rent prosthetics in bulk to keep up with the amount of dismembering and decapitation required by the show and that “We meant no disrespect to the former President”.

So if you’re the proud owner of season 1 discs featuring the decapitated head of the former leader of the free world, we'd advise you to keep hold of it, one day you may have a rarity on your hands.


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