Game of Thrones is in a bit of hot OIL this week (get it? You get it) after some nerd discovered that one of the heads impaled on a spike outside of King’s Landing in an episode of season one was actually the head of George W. Bush. Eek! HBO has issued an apology, as have the the showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

HBO: 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.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: 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.

Love means never having to say “we use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc.” Also, I take back what I said earlier about some nerd figuring this out, because I simply assumed it was some nerd in his parents’ basement doing a frame-by-frame analysis on the BLU Ray player he got for the 13th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. Nope! It was straight up talked about on the DVD commentary. Way to go, Game of Thrones. Obviously, it’s not very cool to depict any living person’s head on a spike. It’s grotesque and hyper-violent and disrespectful. So let’s talk about whose head SHOULDN’T get impaled on a Game of Thrones spike outside the city walls next. Who do you like so much that you would be upset if you saw their severed head on an episode of Game of Thrones? I’ll go first: Frieda Pinto, Robert Caro, Louis C.K., Jay-Z, Beyonce, and the cast of Parks and Recreation.

Comments (43)
  1. So long as it is a prosthetic severed head, I won’t be too upset to see anyone there unless it was my mom because (1) hey! mothertables is a classy lady, HBO. Dirty pool!; and (2) how the hell did they get a prosthetic head replica of my mom? That just opens the doors on too many questions I may not want answered.

  2. Mark Wahlberg’s Home Ec teacher’s head.

    • “If I was in class that day, their head never would have been severed. It would have been more like “don’t worry, your head’s not going to get severed, now what’s going to be on the final exam?”"–Mawk Wawlberg

  3. They should use Andy Serkis’s head, so it could be anyone.

  4. I know Gabe already said the cast of Parks and Rec, but for some reason the only person I can think of right now is Aubrey Plaza.

  5. Spoiler below for Game of Thrones

    If you think about it, however, isn’t having GWB’s head in this scene extremely FLATTERING for the ex-president? I mean, he’s up there with Ned Stark and Ned’s personal guards. Ned Stark is the most honorable man in all of Westeros, so suggesting that GWB’s lookalike died on Ned’s behalf at the hands of the wicked Joffrey Lannister is actually ascribing a lot more honor on GWB than he’s currently generally thought worthy of.

  6. what production had a GWB head to begin with for them to reuse?

    • in 2008 Michael Moore and George A. Romero were teaming up for a pilot about the apocalypse, but HBO passed once it was clear Palin would have access to the nuclear codes McCain wasnt going to win the election.

  7. DJ BoBo!

    (what’s this about again?)

  8. There are very few comments on this post, which means most of you guys want to see more heads on spikes. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU CREEPS?!

  9. Has there been any reaction from Republicans? Or do they still think “GWB wasn’t a true conservative, so the hell with him”?

  10. I’d be pretty pissed if Conky from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse had its head on a spike.

  11. I always assumed the heads were made from models of people on the set. Like the production coordinator or gaffer or whatever are forever immortalized on spikes. But now I know there is a place to rent a ton of prosthetic heads and just like that I have a new dream job… Prosthetic head dealer.

  12. Jason Bateman. He’s just so great (NO HOMO)

    • I hate to be a dick, but can “NO HOMO” be retired, even as a joke?

      • “Y U MAD BRO?”

        • About casual homophobia? A little bit, yeah.

          • You’re mistaken if you think that Tom’s comment was homophobic. Insensitive? Maybe. But I don’t think that fear or hatred entered into it at all. Perhaps it’s time to retire the casual accusations of homophobia when they don’t apply?

          • Let’s say the discussion was about Starbucks coffee. Somebody sasy something like “Starbucks coffee is way too expensive (NO [anti-Semetic word that begins with K])”.

            Is that substantively different from NO HOMO? If so, why? I’m honestly curious.

          • It’s different because the intention behind it is different. “No homo” is a common meme on the internet, like it or not, and Tom’s use of that phrase was clearly referencing that meme. I don’t think he was revealing an underlying hatred or fear of gay people. He was merely revealing a lack of sensitivity to the feelings of others.

            In your hypothetical Starbucks scenario, a person saying that is clearly revealing a belief in absurd, hateful nonsense. The fact that this person holds that belief is what makes them anti-semitic, not simply the use of a slur. If they were saying the same thing, but ironically, as a reference to the “no homo” meme, then it’s back to being simply insensitive, not hateful.

            I’m not defending anything that Tom said, by the way. I’m simply correcting you on the use of the word “homophobic” because it really doesn’t apply here.

          • I guess my objection to that is that it’s really hard to figure out intent, especially on the internet. Also, the prevalence of “NO HOMO” might just be indicative of widespread homophobia.

            But thanks for explaining yourself respectfully.

            No sarcasm-o.

      • This will be too late for anyone to read, but my use of it here, while admittedly difficult to discern to the casual reader, was a tongue in cheek jab at those who seriously use ‘no homo’ as some sort of disclaimer protecting them from accusations that they might be gay, even in situations where there is really no possible way for what they said or did to be interpreted as such. In this case, obviously no one would think I’m gay just for liking Jason Bateman as much as I do, and so the joke, if a poor one, is more a jab at those young men, age 18-25, who nevertheless feel the need to couch their comments in masculinity for fear of being mistakenly outed. I meant absolutely no disrespect towards homosexuals, nor was I trying to be insensitive, save perhaps to those fragile young men I previously mentioned who have their sexuality so easily shaken.

    • jason statham… yes homo…. a thousand times yes homo to him.

  13. Idris Elba, Amy Ryan, Michael Fassbender, Lennon Parham, Tom Hardy, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan (all of Party Down, really), Jon Hamm, Reggie Watts, Betty White, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, Charlize Theron, Todd Glass, Sara Schaefer, Bill Burr, Amy Poehler, Ron Swanson (P&R have already been mentioned, so all of them minus Garry/Jerry), Ira Glass, PFT, Andy Daly, Kenny Powers, Chelsea Peretti, MARIA BAMFORD (that would make me SO sad), Kristen Schaal, Alan Tudyk, Starbuck, Hellboy, The Amazing Screw-On Head, Patrick Wilson, Warwick Davis, Kate Winslet, if I don’t stop, this’ll go on forever, but seriously, there are plenty of people whose heads I do not want to see on spikes (unless Eddie Izzard is miming driving around and putting heads on spikes).

  14. “We can’t afford to have these all made from scratch.” Though we can’t afford to bake our own heads, here at Game of Thrones, we import heads made from the finest head recipes.

  15. Thing from the Addams Family.

  16. Zooey Deschanel would look so ADORKABLE with her head on a spike.

  17. I still don’t understand what the George W. Bush heads were doing existing in bulk in the first place. Why hasn’t this been explained? Has it been?

    Someone help me! I am so confused!

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