Published On: Sat, Jun 16th, 2012

HBO apologizes, pulls Game of Thrones episode which showed severed George W Bush head on stick

The controversy over the use of a prosthetic George W. Bush head as a prop in beheading scenes on the hit HBO fantasy series “Game Of Thrones” led to both HBO and the series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issuing apologies Wednesday, following criticism by Republican leaders.


In “Thrones”, the political figures’ careers don’t usually end in voluntary retirement. An newly discovered Easter egg in the HBO series’ first season revealed the head of former White House resident George W. Bush.

Deadline reports that shipments of the DVD box set featuring the show creators’ commentary drawing attention to the use of the head as a prop, have been halted as HBO continues to mitigate the damage from the controversy.

Pointed out by a fan on Reddit and then further explored by i09, a model of President George W. Bush’s head appears on a spike in several scenes in Season 1.

According to the commentary: “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.”

The THR describes the scene in question: The only scene yet identified to feature the head comes near the beginning of episode 10, in which Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) forces Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to look at the decapitated head of her father. Bush’s head is not completely visible, but the bottom half of his face isn’t hard to recognize.

Watch the scene in question below, the offending model is at about the 1:10 mark.

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