HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' Returns Online With Edited George W. Bush Head

You won’t see the head of former President George W. Bush in Game Of Thrones anymore. HBO has edited and altered the prop head of Bush that appeared on a spike in the series, the Washington Post first reported today. With less chin and a much smaller nose on the controversial head, HBO has restored the Season 1 episode to HBO Go and iTunes. HBO pulled the episode down digitally and also ceased shipments of the DVD box set featuring the episode after uproar broke out over the use of the former president’s head. It was DVD commentary by Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that initially drew attention to the use of the head as a prop. “The last head on the left is George Bush,” the two say on the DVD. “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 heads we had lying around…” HBO later said they found the use of the Bush head “unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste.” The premium network had no word on whether new box sets of the series, with the edited head, will be heading to retail outlets soon.

(Photo: Washington Post)

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