George W Bush's Head on a Spike in Game of Thrones: Deal with It
Game of Thrones Dragon Egg: George W. Bush's Head on a Spike
Don't ask me how the fuck that Redditor even spotted the Dubya head, but moving right along.
The only truly outrageous beheading in Game of Thrones has been that of Ned Stark (RIP).
Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issued a hand-wringing apology, and HBO has promised to remove the Dubya head from future DVD releases of Game of Thrones Season 1.
[Update: it gets worse: HBO pulled Game of Thrones S01E10 from rotation. Look, if it bothers you so much, send a few bucks to the production team so they can have bespoke prop decapitated heads.]
HBO Should Not Apologize for Using a Dubya Mask
HBO has no reason to apologize.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to put together a series like Game of Thrones, where you can't just go to the local Salvation Army for costumes and props?
Screen magic is not really magic: it's craft, made on limited budgets in even more limited timeframes. As a viewer, I don't give a shit if they had to use celebrity masks that, like, one viewer in the universe has noticed. You shouldn't give a shit either, unless it's to applaud the production crew for making that scene work.
Some PA had to ring up every local prop vendor and say, "Right, I need all of your prop heads and full-face masks. All of them. I need them within two hours so the SFX department can make them look like they're from Westeros and not from a childrens' birthday party. Then I need to hit the other 47 items on today's to-do list."
Meanwhile, on set, the rest of the crew are double-checking Maisie Williams' makeup to make sure the dirt on Arya Stark's face is in the right place. They're using a Polaroid photo for this.
Speaking of celebrity masks, did you know that Michael Myers' mask in the Halloween series is a William Shatner mask? It's a William Shatner mask.