Posted by: ckckred | June 16, 2012

The Controversy of George Bush’s head on Game of Thrones

In the tenth episode of Game of Thrones‘ first season, a couple of severed heads are shown on pikes.  One of those heads includes George W. Bush, which creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated in the DVD commentary.  Anyway, someone on Reddit posted this online, and it has gone viral.  You can see the picture below (don’t worry, it’s not graphic):

HBO and the producers have apologized greatly for this scene, and have stated that they plan to edit out this part for future broadcast.

This isn’t a political blog, nor do I plan on making this one.  But just hearing this controversy reminded me of a similar scene from The Simpsons, which had Ronald Reagan’s head on a stake (credit to Dead Homer’s Society).

To quote South Park, “Simpsons already did it!”

I’m a Game of Thrones fan, and when I first saw that clip, I didn’t think it looked like Bush until I looked at it for a while.  In that close-up shot above, it’s a side shot that might look like Bush if he had longer hair.

Benioff and D. B. Weiss said “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.”  I’m guessing they bought a Bush mask at a costume shop, and used that.

But in my opinion (and no, this is not a political statement), this controversy is overdone.  It’s only a side-shot not shown that long in the episode.  And if the producers wanted to make fun of push, they’d show his entire head.



  1. That’s Reagan’s head in the Simpsons shot, not Bush Sr.

    • Oh sorry, I confused it. I’ll fix it right now. Thanks!

  2. No one noticed this (nor, I believe, WOULD have noticed this) were it not for the commentary track on the Blu-Ray. It would have been a political statement if the face was actually even visible and definable as Bush, but it’s not. Even after hearing the commentary track where they say it’s Bush’s head I was skeptical…

    • Me too. I doubt the producers meant that to be a political statement, and like you said before, no one noticed it until the blu ray commentary came out.

      I couldn’t recognize it was Bush (maybe from the outline it’s sort of visible), so I’m with you about that part. Thanks for commenting.

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