HBO decided on Friday to pull the Game of Thrones episode that featured a severed head on a spike with a likeness to former President George W. Bush.
After it was discovered that Game of Thrones producers modeled a decapitated head on a spike after former President George W. Bush in the Season 1 finale called “Fire and Blood,” HBO announced on Friday that it was removing the episode from HBO and halting all shipment of the first season DVD releases until the scene in question could be edited. HBO also announced that it was removing the Game of Thrones episode from iTunes and its own in-house distribution service HBO GO.
Hollywood Reporter revealed that Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issued an apology on Friday after the likeness of George W. Bush was confirmed in the DVD commentary on the first season episode.
“In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this,” said Benioff and Weiss, “though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former president and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise.”
As for HBO, THR added that the cable network also issued a statement about the severed Bush head. As fans of Game of Thrones can see by the quote, HBO wasn’t pleased after feeling disrespected by what they call a careless mistake.
“We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste,” read the HBO statement. “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.”
[Source: Hollywood Reporter]