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Game of Thrones Producers, HBO Apologize for Using "Decapitated Head" of George W. Bush

Game of Thrones recently wrapped up its second season on HBO, but if you're still catching up on and have a sharp eye, you might catch a familiar face on Season 1, episode 10, about 12 minutes in.

During the scene, King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) takes Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to look at the spiked head of her dead father. Problem is, there are, of course, a few other spiked heads of traitors, including that of ex-president George W. Bush.

In the bonus DVD, producers explain, "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. We just had to use whatever head we had around."

The small detail and explanation slipped under the radar of watchful HBO execs, and when all patriotic hell broke loose on Reddit, HBO issued a 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. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.

This was followed by another statement, just issued by Game of Thrones producers:

What happened was this: 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.

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