So, ‘Game of Thrones’ Cut Off George W. Bush’s Head

Apparently, the Game of Thrones set has some pretty weird stuff kicking around, because someone has noticed that George W. Bush’s head is among those impaled on spikes on the Red Keep, and David Benioff and Dan Weiss said on the DVD commentary that “we just used whatever heads we had around.” I’m with SEK in finding that somewhat surprising. And actually, I think it would have been a better easter egg if it had turned out there were a bunch of recognizable figures dipped in tar so they’d be less recognizable, mounted on that wall for people to puzzle out obsessively. It’s the kind of thing that would have immunized the show against the inevitable accusation that suggestions of violence against conservatives are treated less seriously than suggestions of violence against liberals. And it would have made the same point more directly: be you George W. Bush or Stringer Bell, Bill Clinton or Al Swearengen, Joffrey Baratheon will make sure you get got if you displease him.