HBO Alters Image Of Former President George W. Bush Beheaded In ‘Game Of Thrones’
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork.com) — Off with someone else’s head.
The former president’s head originally appeared in Episode 10 of Season 1 when the character King Joffrey takes Sansa Stark out to see the spiked heads of his enemies, including someone special to her.
Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained as much during the DVD commentary.
“The last head on the left is George Bush,” says one of the creators.
“George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes,” says the other.
“It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement, we just used whatever heads we had around.”
The revelation prompted a flurry of response, including apologies from the show’s creators and HBO back in June.
“We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement.
HBO issued the following statement as well:
“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.”
Now it seems as though HBO has gone ahead and made the alteration.
The modified head – which is what you will see now if you check out the program on demand – features a much more anonymous-looking head, with a less pronounced chin and different nose.
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