After it was discovered that, on a commentary track from the "Game of Thrones" Season One DVD boxed set, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss acknowledged that George W. Bush's head was used several times in beheading scenes and featured on a spike in a pivotal scene in the first season finale of the HBO series. They said:
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.
So many George W. Bush heads laying around. So many.
Not long after the story went viral HBO, Benioff and Weiss issued apologies. Benioff and Weiss said:
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.
So many prosthetic heads look like George W. Bush. So many.
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.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Game of Thrones" first season boxed set has sold 350,000 units. So hang onto those babies. They just became collector's items!
You can watch the scene in question right here. Spolier alert if you still haven't seen "Game of Thrones" season one!