Game Of Thrones And Bush Head, HBO says they are sorry for using a prop head in the likeness of George W. Bush in a ‘Game of Thrones’ episode. Many a lying, scheming head has been lopped off in the television series, “Game of Thrones.” But the story behind one decapitated noggin in the Season 1 finale has left HBO’s executives red-faced with embarrassment.
Remarkably, the spiked head bore an uncanny likeness to former U.S. President George W. Bush.
“Haha Hilarious,” was the reaction of Twitter user @ToonBird101.
“George Bush’s decapitated head ended up on a spike in Game of Thrones. Even Joffrey hated him it seems,” tweeted another bemused onlooker at @s2rt.
No doubt, those familiar with the show will see an impaled head as no big deal. “Game of Thrones” is full of such violence.
For those who don’t know it, the lushly-shot TV show is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” George R. R. Martin’s epic series of medieval fantasy novels.
True to Martin’s book, the television series follows multiple characters in a web-like tale played out on the strange, medieval continent of Westeros.
There, in this barren world filled with violence, villains and heroes plot and scheme to win the Iron Throne and dominion over Westeros’ Seven Kingdoms.
That menacing violence was on full display in the Season 1 finale, as the cruel teen King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) paraded his captive fiancé past a row of traitor’s heads placed on spikes.
The last head on the left resembled George W. Bush.
In the DVD commentary for Season 1, show creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff revealed the prop’s true identity.
“People may not have noticed this but back up…the last head on the left is George Bush,” the pair said.
“George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes,” they added.
The decision to use the scraggly-haired prop was not intended as a political statement, according to Benioff and Weiss.
“We had to use what heads we had lying around,” they explained in the DVD.