‘Game of Thrones’ Puts George W. Bush’s Head on a Pike

ALTThis just in: Former United States President George W. Bush is an enemy of the Lannisters. Well, not really, but you can see his decapitated likeness right next to Septa Mordane and Ned Stark on the first season of Game of Thrones. See, unlike Washington, in King’s Landing the heads of those who have fallen out of favor literally roll, and are then displayed for the world to see as a warning sign. In the tenth episode of season 1, good King Joffrey takes his bride-to-be Sansa to see the recently decapitated head of her father, and two heads down sits a face greatly resembling the 43rd President’s.

Before you wonder what house Mr. Bush had been fighting for, (Was it Stark? Greyjoy? Probably Greyjoy.) know that io9.com reported that Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have a perfectly reasonable explanation for the ex-Presidents bizarre cameo. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes,” they explained with a laugh in the commentary for the Season 1 DVD. “It’s not a choice. It’s not a political statement. It’s just we had to use whatever heads we had around.”

Check out a clip of Bush’s brief HBO cameo below. The episode originally aired in 2011, but Bush went largely unnoticed until a hawk-eyed redditor discovered him on Wednesday. 

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.