"Game of Thrones" Airs Visual of Decapitated GW Bush Head, HBO Apologizes
The wilders over at Game of Thrones don't have a ton of taboos—incest!, etc—but it seems they finally ran into something that displeased their overlords at HBO. Namely: defacing the image of former President George W. Bush, which no one would have noticed, except the show creators had to go and brag about it in the DVD commentary. Sci fi site io9:
If you keep your eyes peeled when King Joffrey takes Sansa Stark to gaze upon the spiked head of her dead father around 12 minutes in, you'll notice that one of the heads looks slightly familiar. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained in their DVD commentary (from Season 1, episode 10) that the decapitated head is actually George Bush. This was discovered by redditor SidIncognito.
"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."
Apparently to save on budget, the show rents prosthetics from an outside company and Bush's head happened to be in the haul for this particular decapitation scene. No word on why a prosthetic Bush head existed in the first place (or if it was ever used in a State of the Union speech), but as soon as HBO got wind of it, they released a statement with the quickness:
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 a screencap of the photo, over at Gawker, proving that unless you're a Game of Thrones meganerd (and there are many), you would never have noticed otherwise. Snitching on one's self is embarrassing.