Woopsie Doopsie: HBO Apologizes For George Bush's Head On A Spike In Game Of Thrones Scene

June 14, 2012


Some eagle-eyed lunatic noticed that one of the heads on a spike (above) in the 10th episode of the first season of Game of Thrones looked like former President George W. Bush. Personally, I didn't notice it, but I also didn't watch the entire season in slow-motion for the sex scenes. Yes, yes I did. Per producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss:

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.

I mean, I've been staring at the picture for like ten minutes now and I STILL don't see it. Of course, I'm not very good at former presidents either. Was this the one with the wooden teeth? "That was George Washington." The one with the stovepipe hat? Did he have a pegleg too or am I thinking of President Blackbeard?

Thanks to Melissa, who scared me with her tip because the subject read, 'GW's head on a spike' and I thought it was another death threat.

  • Max Shelley

    the one in the center looks like eric idol! lol

  • It's not that some one noticed, it's that in the DVD/Blu-ray commentary they straight up point out that it's George W Bush. They also say that it wasn't for any political reason and it's not the only time they used the head. The FX crew had to work with what they had at the time and they happened to have a GWB head. There's a reason they threw a wig on him and turned him to the side.

    It was never meant to be a political statement.

  • So that is where he is hanging out these days.

  • Must be the same sort of people who see Jesus or Elvis in the burn patterns on their grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • who the fuck cares? if theres any problem with this scene, its that its not the real severd head of Georgey B. i propose that we cut off all former presidents heads in their own honor so they cant run for office again and fuck things up more than they already did.

  • I voted for President Blackbeard.

    "4 more Yarrrr!"

  • Shaun9lives

    I think it looks more like Will Ferrell impersonating George Bush's head on a spike.

  • Ed

    Why apologize?

  • Tim Cole

    so he went from being pulled by strings to having his head on a spike

  • yeah its really just the 'pursed lips' look that Bush always has that makes the head look at all similar. I saw as soon as i looked at all of the heads but it was harder to see the second and third time. only associated w/GW b/c of the headline.

  • I don't see it.

  • Sean Lally

    It's the head on the far left...

  • Shaun9lives

    Bush on the far left? Well, that's ironic.

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