Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a familiar head on a spike in the 10th episode of Season 1 of Game of Thrones—George W. Bush's. A prop head of the former president was used as one of the traitors' heads on spikes, the show's creators say in their DVD commentary, explaining that its use wasn't political, io9 reports. "George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes," they say. "It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."
But the use of the head has outraged a few Republican politicians, and the show's creators and HBO have apologized, Vulture reports. "We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste," HBO said in a statement, promising to remove images of Bush's head from future DVDs. The creators explained that nobody had pointed out that the head looked like Bush's until after the scene was shot.