“Game of Thrones” Puts George W. Bush’s Decapitated Head On A Stake
HBO's popular drama "Game of Thrones" featured a guest appearance from former president George W. Bush. Well, kind of...it wasn't really the former president: it was his head.
The tenth episode of Season 1 of the wildly popular drama series, which is now available on DVD, featured a likeness of the former president's head impaled on a stake. However, the producers insist that the prop is not a political commentary of any sort.
LOS ANGELES – In the same week that HBO is premiering a documentary about President George H.W. Bush, it has been revealed that the network’s popular drama “Game of Thrones” used a modeled head of his son President George W. Bush in a grisly decapitation scene.
The tenth episode of season one “Game of Thrones," now out on DVD, features the younger Bush’s head on a stake, and notes that his head appears in a “couple of beheading scenes,” according to commentary on the “Game of Thrones” DVD.
The show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss state that George W. Bush’s was used as physical inspiration to create a head for a scene in which King Joffrey shows Sansa Stark her deceased father’s head on a stick.
“It’s not a choice, not a political statement!” one of the writers insisted during the DVD commentary. “We just had to use what heads we had around.”
Now I'll admit, I don't know enough about the show to determine if it's really political or not. (Sadly, HBO's a little too expensive for me...) However, I will say this: if it wasn't meant to be a commentary, why would you call it to the audience's attention? It wasn't like some sharp-eyed viewer called them out on it. The producers straight-up admitted that, "Yeah, we used Bush's head on a stake." Anyone else find that just a bit suspicious?
Then again, from what I've seen intrigue seems to be a big part of the show, so maybe it's just par for the course...