If you’re planning to watch Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” but haven’t yet, you might want to move along—a little spoiling goes on in this post.
If you are caught up with “Game of Thrones” Season 1 but you didn’t catch yesterday’s “George W. Bush’s head on a spike” scandal, here’s what happened, real quick: While watching the DVD commentary for the scene in episode 10 where Joffrey takes Sansa to view her father’s head upon a spike, Redditor SidIncognito heard show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explain that one of the heads used in the scene was that of George W. Bush’s.
“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.”
Of course, he shared his finding on Reddit.
And of course, when the word got out, Bush fans irritably (and understandably) questioned why they just had a random H.W. head hanging out in the makeup room. HBO, already catching flack for a left-leaning political agenda thanks to “Game Change,” apologized promptly, telling i09:
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.
And David Benioff and D.B. Weiss expounded on their explanation:
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.
So there you have it, “Thrones” fans. No more Bush heads on spikes.