‘Thrones’ gets a heads up politically

David Benioff and BB Weiss, series creators of "Game of Thrones," issued an apology after discovering that a head on a spike in a 2011 episode resembled George W. Bush.

David Benioff and BB Weiss, series creators of "Game of Thrones," issued an apology after discovering that a head on a spike in a 2011 episode resembled George W. Bush.

Over the past few months, my wife and I became enthralled watching the HBO mini-series “Game of Thrones.” For those who are watching the show, you know what it is about. If you are not watching the show, it is very difficult to explain the show’s entire premise and, besides, I assume you don’t really care what the show is about or you would be watching it.

It would take an entire book to explain the show, but I will simply say that “Game of Thrones” is set in Medieval times and pits seven different leaders against each other as each tries to become king of all seven kingdoms. Each leader has his own race or sect of people and the show is filled with characters of despicable taste, morals and values.

Proving just how lacking in morals the show’s leaders are, in one episode several rivals to one of the seven leaders were beheaded. Their heads were then placed on a spike to send some sort of message to others who might try the same or, I suppose, it could simply be that the kingdom had run out of decorations.

At any rate, it was recently discovered one of the heads placed on the spike was actually a model head of George W. Bush. Yes, that’s right, the former president of the United States’s head was placed on a spike by the show’s creators, David Benioff and BB Weiss.

After discovery by online viewers, both issued an apology stating, “We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: head, 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.”

After this was pointed out, the directors then decided that it would make sense to mention in the commentary section the fact that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush when they released the DVD. The creators stated: “We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”

Well, now, why in the world would anyone feel they meant to disrespect the former president, simply because they placed his head on a wooden spike and then talked about it in the DVD release?

I must admit I am somewhat concerned about the creators. They rented body parts “in bulk,” including heads. I guess they then decided they were going to place some of these heads on the wooden spikes. They then picked a few heads and had the following conversation:

“David, how about bringing a couple of these heads over here and we’ll stick them on these spikes?”

“OK, we only have seven heads, but I’ll bring the three former presidents over and we can put one on the spike,” answers David.

Now, what do you think the chances are that you picked up a head to place on a spike and not for one second did you notice that the head, just lo and behold, looks like George W. Bush? I’m sure no one had a clue they were impaling the president.

Imagine for a moment if, instead of George W’s head, they had “accidently” stuck Jesse Jackson’s head on a spike, or maybe former President Bill Clinton. I suspect the New York Times would have gone into convulsion. But poor ol’ George was impaled without a single murmur from mainstream media.

I don’t know. Maybe “Game of Thrones” can start a sort of secret game and the audience can try and pick out which celebrity head will be on the spike this week. Maybe next time they behead somebody, people can switch to slow motion to try and see whose head it really is.


“Look, Louise, I believe when they beheaded King John that the head rolling down the aisle looks a lot like Al Gore.”

“No, Sam, I believe it looks more like Mitt Romney.”

Contact columnist T. Gamble at t@colliergamble.com.