Bizarre Game of Thrones Easter egg: George Bush's head on a pike

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

If there's one thing we've learned from Game of Thrones, it's that no one in Westeros is safe from a gruesome death, and apparently that rule also extends to former presidents of the United States. If you look closely at one particular season-one sequence, you'll spot George W. Bush's severed head on a pike.

Just a quick warning, the sequence in which the head appears involves a big SPOILER for anyone not fully acquainted with season one, so if you're not caught up you might want to click away for a bit.

W's noggin pops up very briefly in the season-one finale, "Fire and Blood." When King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) takes a frightened Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) out to look at the head of her recently decapitated father Ned (Sean Bean), the camera shows us several other heads on pikes next to the former Lord of Winterfell. Among them, shown in profile and partially obscured by a scruffy mess of hair, is George W. Bush.

While W's head on a King's Landing pike might mean that King Joffrey was really pissed that Kerry lost the '04 election, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss want to assure viewers that the cameo was by no means a political statement on their part. Here's a snippet from the episode's DVD commentary:

"The last head on the left is George Bush. George Bush's head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It's not a choice, it's not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around."

We can certainly understand that. After all, if you wanted to make it political, why make the head so hard to see? The question that we're really curious about is who in the name of The Seven brought a George W. Bush head to the Game of Thrones set, and why?

(Via io9)

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