I’m glad that even with the ability to poke and prod film/TV makers over Twitter, the DVD commentary still exists. That’s how we get little gems like this, where the Game of Thrones creators realize that yes, that is indeed George W. Bush‘s decapitated head on a spike in 1×10.
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were watching the episode after (spoiler) Ned Stark’s gruesome beheading when they noticed the recognizable face mounted on the castle walls. io9 took this handy screenshot; you can definitely make out our former President’s nose and that look he got right before putting his foot in his mouth.
But what’s interesting is that the creators hastened to clarify that they had included the mask simply because it was what they had on-hand: ”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.”
But… why would they have Dubya’s head just laying around? Left over from someone’s Halloween costume circa 2007? I almost feel like the creators were trying to throw us off the scent of what would have been a really funny inside joke or Easter egg. Why can’t they just be like Arrested Development and openly declare their politics? Without that bravery, we wouldn’t have Gob’s hilariously unintentional “Burn Bush” riot.