Bush's severed head appearing in 'Game of Thrones' not a 'political statement' say creators
Of course it isn't. And God don't make little green apples and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime.
That is, a prop head of the former president appears in the TV show, according to series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in the DVD commentary for season one, the website io9 reports. In a scene in the finale - where the character of Sansa Stark is forced to look at the severed head of her father, Ned Stark - Bush's head is seen decorating a spike.
The creators insist "it's not a political statement."
"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, it's just we had to use what heads we had around," Benioff and Weiss say in the DVD commentary.
The total budget estimated for the first season of Game of Thrones is $50-60 million. In other words, HBO isn't skimping on much and the idea that the creators "had to use what heads we had around" doesn't pass the smell test.
HBO issued an apology:
"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."
Of course they'll have it removed; out of sight, out of mind.
I wonder what head will replace Bush's on the pike? Let's hope Reagan's head isn't "lying around" anywhere close to where these gents can get their hands on it.