Serial Bites: Game Of Thrones Apologizes For Dubya’s Head On Spike


On today’s bite-sized serial menu, news and tidbits from the worlds of Game Of Thrones, Spartacus and True Blood.

  • Game Of Thrones has apologised for putting former president of the United States George W. Bush’s head on a spike (above). As revealed in the Season 1 DVD commentary, the easter egg featured Dubya’s decapitated head on display as King Joffrey taunted Sansa. Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issued the apology, saying (per THR):

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.

HBO also released the following statement:

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.

  • Filmmaker Lilibet Foster is trying to raise enough money to complete a documentary (“Be Here Now”) into Andy Whitfield‘s fight against illness. The Spartacus star passed away 18 months ago at the age of 39 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Here’s the trailer for the project (fans can donate at Kickstarter):

  • Terminator and Last Resort star Robert Patrick has landed a recurring guest role on HBO’s True Blood as Alcide’s father, Jackson Herveaux. Per THR, Patrick will first appear in a flashback episode that depicts Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan) as teenagers in the 1980s. At the time, Jackson was said to be a “powerful, inspiring and heroic” guy, but in the present, he’s given up on life.

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  1. matt says

    why would they have to apologize? first of all they didn’t do it on purpose. Second, the man was an almost globally hated clown and isn’t president anymore. He is responsible for the deaths of thousands and the pain of more. WHO CARES ABOUT HIS FEELINGS!

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  2. Jim says

    They stopped dvd shipments and pulled the episode from the HBO website and iTunes now, until they’ve edited it out. Seems like a bit of an overreaction to me… It’s not like anyone noticed it.

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    • matt says

      wow, beyond over reaction, dubya doesnt have long hair or live in westeros and I’m sure there are a few people who look like him in reality as well as on other television showsad in movies. They even said that they didnt do that on purpose and that they had noticed the similarity later. i mean come on we dont live in some rigid totalitarian police state. even if they wanted to do it on purpose they should have been able to express themselves freely. maybe they should have specified that his head was on a freedom spike above a freedom wall…

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