Do you remember the head of Ned Stark, mounted on a spike, exhibited in King’s Landing? Well, turns out that was a remodelled head of former US President George W. Bush! Read on to know how the show tackled the controversy.
America’s favourite fantasy drama series had presumably kicked the hornet’s back in 2012 when the show writers decided to place a head on a spike on the show, a remodelled head of former President of the United States, George W Bush. HBO and the show writers had quickly followed up with an apology to the former President and his family and promised to correct their mistake.
- What was all the controversy about?
- What did HBO and showrunner David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say about it?
- What’s next for ‘Game of Thrones’ and HBO?
- How would Donald Trump respond to something similar?
The head in the question was that of Ned Stark (played by Sean Bean), the Warden of the North, and the Hand of the King for a while before his death. Although the showrunners tried their best to make the mistake seem apolitical and nothing to do with the Bush regime, fans over the internet are curious if they would do it again with current President Donald Trump! Let’s find out all about the controversy.
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What was all the controversy about?
Fans of the show saw an eerie resemblance between Ned Stark’ head mounted on a spike and former President of the United States, George W Bush, in the first season of the show. The mounted head looked anything like that of Ned Stark (Sean Bean). When the story finally kicked enough traction and began to put the show in a bad light, showrunners David Benioff, DB Weiss, and HBO came forward to clarify that the likeness was indeed true but it was something that they hadn’t done intentionally.
The showrunners claimed that using that particular fake head was a cost-cutting move and nothing to do with politics at all. HBO even declared that they would make the changes in all the DVD boxes of the show from that point on. The ‘Game of Thrones’ DVD boxes had been the highest selling ones of any of the HBO shows at that time, breaking all previous records.
What did HBO and showrunner David Benioff and D.B. Weiss say about it?
The showrunner duo was quick to apologize, with a statement that basically said that most of the prosthetic body parts used on the show were rented by them in bulk quantities and that the show did not have a big enough budget to make each of those from scratch. They added that they only found out about the likeness of the head on a spike with George W Bush much after the scene had been filmed and put into the DVD and that nothing about it was intentional in any way. HBO also issued an apology statement condemning it and changing the head in all of the future DVD releases of the show.
What’s next for ‘Game of Thrones’ and HBO?
Fans of the show let out a giant sigh of relief when HBO finally confirmed a prequel spinoff for the show this year. The new show will take us back 100 years before the events of the original series in a kind of documentary-fiction based on the tumultuous and dark history of the infamous House of Targaryen.
The new show will be named ‘House of the dragon’ and casting has begun recently, if reports are to be believed. HBO has ordered 10 episodes for the new series to be directed by Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik. Get ready for a thrilling and romantic ride with the new show as it will most likely cover the bloody Targaryen Civil War in gruesome detail.
How would Donald Trump respond to something similar?
If the showrunners are bold enough to pull something like that for a second time, they may actually get away with it this time considering the current President’s dropping public approval ratings and ongoing protests in major cities of the United States. Trump, however, would not be one to just sit back and watch. In classic Trump style, we might get to see a flurry of hastily written tweets fired off at the showrunners and HBO from his twitter account.