Game of Thrones Creators Apologize for Decapitated George W. Bush Prop

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Who would have thought the decapitation of Ned Stark would only be the second-most controversial beheading on Game of Thrones Season 1?

HBO has been forced to apologized on behalf of creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss after they admitted in a DVD commentary that one of the heads on a stick pointed out by Joffrey (to Sansa) on the first season finale was actually of George W. Bush.

Take a close look at the face on the left in this photo:

Game of Thrones, Bush

The producers insist the prop was "not a choice" or "a political statement" and they "just had to use whatever heads we had around.”

However, in the face of Republican ire, HBO has released the following statement:

“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.”

The Bush head will be removed from future DVD copies and Benioff and Weiss have now added the following: "We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”

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From what I read they said they bought a bunch of heads from some company and that Bush's was just one in that bunch. They didn't have the time/money to fabricate every head they needed. If that's true then it was probably just an honest mistake. It's not like his face is plastered up there for all to see. A bit of nose and chin is all you can see...I wouldn't even have known it was Bush if not for them saying yes it was. Stupid of them...yes. Worth spending more than a minute


Oh sure, the only head you had around just so happened to be one of Bush. At least admit you did it on purpose.


Ha what a douche bag


Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.

Tyrion Lannister