Game Of Thrones Using George W. Bush’s Decapitated Head Is Totally Not Political

Game of Thrones George W. Bush decapitated head not political DVD commentaryI’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.

Photo: io9

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    • katie

      I definitely don’t mind tv shows/movies poking fun at political figures or using this media to make political statements but if this was an intentional stunt, which it appears they won’t admit to it, then I am disgusted and disturbed. No matter how much you don’t like GWB or any political leader for that matter, “beheading” them or calling upon their death is wrong….by this point, it has gone farther than being symbolic. Hopefully it truly was the only mask laying around, but still, buy a new one ?

    • Jeremy Pierce

      You speak loosely. They used the model heads that they had available. They purposefully oriented the head away from the camera so that viewers did not think it was George W. Bush, but would identify similarities to Eddard Stark, the character portrayed by the head. And no, don’t buy a new one–save on production costs and use what is available.

      If you are going to state that it has “gone farther than being symbolic,” consider this for symbolism: The heads on the spikes are actually “good guys.” Eddard Stark was one of the most honorable and loyal characters in the show, and he inevitably lost his head due to his higher character. How is it then disrespectful to align George W. Bush with someone with such high character, and who is willing to risk his own head for truth and justice? Not that that was ever the intention of using the model head–but if you’re going to twist the use of the model out of proportion, I’m going to twist it in the opposite direction.