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Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a familiar head on a spike in the 10th episode of Season 1 of Game of Thrones—George W. Bush's. A prop head of the former president was used as one of the traitors' heads on spikes, the show's creators say in their DVD commentary, explaining that its use wasn't political, io9 reports. "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes," they say. "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
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.
Update: We received a statement from HBO: 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.
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.