What the hell is wrong with these people?! They just can’t help themselves can they? A perfectly good show that doesn’t have to touch on modern day politics at all and they go, to adjust a more profane phrase, relieve themselves where they eat. Not a good thing and bound to ruin a perfectly good experience. Jeez. This isn’t even a pathetic commentary on politics, it’s a gruesome act that if involving Obama (even after we fire him) would elicit a visit from the Secret Service. One of the few shows I was really liking. Disgusting.

In the “Game of Thrones,” you win or you die, and George W. Bush did the latter in the HBO series — by decapitation.

That is, a prop head of the former president appears in the TV show, according to series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in the DVD commentary for season one, the website io9 reports. In a scene in the finale — where the character of Sansa Stark is forced to look at the severed head of her father, Ned Stark — Bush’s head is seen decorating a spike.

The creators insist “it’s not a political statement.”

“The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement, it’s just we had to use what heads we had around,” Benioff and Weiss say in the DVD commentary.

Ha ha ha. Yeah, not political at all. I guess they just couldn’t find the Clinton or Obama heads before they happened upon the Bush head? Or maybe they just put all the heads of former presidents in a basket and drew one at random. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I hate these people. Can you tell? Could they just, for once, not screw up every single thing they touch? Just once?

UPDATE: The jerks have apologized. Yeah, funny what happens when people find out about your little inside jokes. And just the fact that we have to see a sentence like the following brings home just how absolutely disgusting this entire thing is:

‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners, HBO Apologize for Bush’s Head on Spike

Hours after a story went viral about a model of President George W. Bush’s head appearing on a spike in Season 1 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the cable network and showrunners have issued an apology…

HBO and Benioff and Weiss issued a pair of statements late Wednesday apologizing for the incident.

“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,” Benioff and Weiss said. “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.”

Added 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.”

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  1. bamconola says:

    Just when I was ready to unload on Jeb Bush, this article is written. Damn, I really like Thrones. Bye, bye.

    • PopArt says:

      I look forward to when you do unload of Jeb. I tired myself out on Twitter ripping Jebbie a new one for his arrogance and complete disrespect of the electorate.

  2. TheGreenHornet says:

    Do you think they will get a visit from the secret service? Oh wait, that’s only for Ted Nugent.

  3. PopArt says:

    I only just in the last two weeks had a chance to watch Game of Thrones and became more hooked with each episode I watched. In fact, I consider that scene one of the best in cable series TV. I don’t believe the explanation about the “head selection” being apolitical but I think this character (the producer) managed to stay just this side of legal in his actions. Crafty devil. I’m taking the approach of “they know not what they do”. Thank you Tammy for repeatedly urging the approach of considering them to be misguided children with impaired judgement abilities. I’ll add this Hollywood Lib to that list. By the time season 2 arrives on DVD, I hope to enjoy the show again… some of Romney’s reforms and reversals will hopefully be taking effect by then.

  4. PopArt says:

    bamconola – Oh don’t change your decision to unload on Jebby. He still deserves the derision for the ridiculous, self-serving remarks. While I won’t speak for the rest of the family, Jeb made clear he barely cares for this country, looks patronizingly on us Americans and only cares about his esteemed position.

  5. PopArt says:

    And finally, I think this the time to post the attached picture of the time I met George W. Bush in 1988 when I was volunteering for his father’s Presidential campaign. I’ve been conflicted by this image ever since his election but in this case, I’ll stand with him figuratively in solidarity. Even with the “artistic” juvenile dig at him, I’m still more incensed at the way our “esteemed” President continues trot out Bush as the scapegoat for the part of the economic disaster Obama created.


  6. Alain41 says:

    ‘Inadvertent & careless mistake’. Hmmmm.

    I think someone can check into who and how much money the show’s producers have given to political campaigns. And if they are registered with a political party.

    Wild thought: Does the ruling Hollywood clique require you to be a ‘made’ man similar to la costra nostra to be let in? Because if yes, this would do it, similar to a dead pool list, but a faux dead pool scavenger list. I’m sure we’ll find out eventually, if there is a Hollywood faux dead pool scavenger list, then more of these instances will show up in other tv shows/movies. Sad that I can’t automatically rule such a game out. Hollywood has lost its professionalism.

  7. dwbinder says:

    To these people their reality is fantasy. They don’t know their ass from their elbow and they never will.

  8. JHSII says:

    I have to admit that I tried to watch Game of Thrones several times – but I found it anything but creative or interesting. Give me AD&D 1e Greyhawk anytime!!

  9. Maynard says:

    Of course the after-the-fact explanations vary and flounder, but I can believe that these things begin somewhat innocently. Someone needs heads on spikes, the send an underling to wander through the props department and grab whatever’s sitting around, maybe some clown works it a bit to make it more this way or that way. The higher-ups aren’t worrying about the details, as long as the set looks good. The story isn’t important in itself, but it reveals — again — the corrupt culture that permeates this environment. It’s unimaginable that the same people would do the same thing with respect to Obama’s head. Were it Obama, their reflexes would kick in and tell them to stop. Were it Obama, the bosses wouldn’t grin at the antics of the kiddies, and point them out as cute little anecdotes to be shared so that the public would be likewise amused; they’d put a stop to it right away (and I’m tempted to say that heads would roll).

    I’m flashing back to a few years ago when Bush was still president, and the CNN site ran a news story with his picture, and the embedded name of the picture had been named “asshole.jpg”.

    The people who are so quick to tell us that FoxNews is biased and extreme and full of lies; these people live in such an insulated little bubble that they deny their own ludicrous prejudices and double standards that are so obvious to the rest of us.

    • AniMel says:

      Vary and flounder? I think that’s the nicest way anyone could have put it, Maynard. My description is a little too colorful for the comment section here.

      If this kind of thing had been done with a mockup of Obama’s head, the perpetrators would have been investigated by the Secret Service and likely tossed in the hoosegow.

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