Producers issue apologise after they show the ex-POTUS' severed head
The producers of Game Of Thrones have been forced to apologise after it was revealed that one of several decapitated heads on sticks in the fantasy series is a likeness of former US President George W. Bush.
The big-budget HBO series, which is based on the best-selling books by George R.R Martin, has just finished showing its second season and has always flirted with controversy with its graphic sex scenes and extreme violence, but has this week been embroiled in a different kind of controversy.
A scene in the series finale depicts decapitated heads are shown on spikes, and one of the show-runners revealing in the DVD commentary that this head is actually that of the former US president.
Speaking about this, the producer goes on to say on the commentary: “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice; it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”
When this was revealed to the show’s producers HBO, they were quick to issue an apology. Immediately issuing a statement which reads as follows: “We were deeply dismayed to see this, and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.”
They continued: “We made this clear to the executive producers of the series, who apologised immediately for this careless mistake. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms and have halted all future shipments of the DVDs, removed it from our digital platforms and will edit the scene for all future airings on any distribution domestic or international.”
The show-runners in question David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were also quick to offer an explanation, adding: ” 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.”
They continued: “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.”
Game Of Thrones was recently renewed for a third season by HBO and will return next year. It is currently airing its second season, broadcast in the UK by Sky Atlantic.