Game of Thrones is in a bit of hot OIL this week (get it? You get it) after some nerd discovered that one of the heads impaled on a spike outside of King’s Landing in an episode of season one was actually the head of George W. Bush. Eek! HBO has issued an apology, as have the the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
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.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: 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.
Love means never having to say “we use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc.” Also, I take back what I said earlier about some nerd figuring this out, because I simply assumed it was some nerd in his parents’ basement doing a frame-by-frame analysis on the BLU Ray player he got for the 13th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. Nope! It was straight up talked about on the DVD commentary. Way to go, Game of Thrones. Obviously, it’s not very cool to depict any living person’s head on a spike. It’s grotesque and hyper-violent and disrespectful. So let’s talk about whose head SHOULDN’T get impaled on a Game of Thrones spike outside the city walls next. Who do you like so much that you would be upset if you saw their severed head on an episode of Game of Thrones? I’ll go first: Frieda Pinto, Robert Caro, Louis C.K., Jay-Z, Beyonce, and the cast of Parks and Recreation.