Pause at 1:08 and you’ll see the profile of George W. Bush’s head:
This from IO9:
If you keep your eyes peeled when King Joffrey takes Sansa Stark to gaze upon the spiked head of her dead father [at the 1:08 mark], you’ll notice that one of the heads looks slightly familiar. Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explained in their DVD commentary (from Season 1, episode 10) that the decapitated head is actually George Bush:
“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.”
Not a political statement? How in the heck does George W. Bush’s head just happen to find its way on a pike and it not be a political statement? That’s absurd.
HBO, to their credit, quickly responded:
We were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste. We made this clear to the executive producers of the series who apologized immediately for this inadvertent careless mistake. We are sorry this happened and will have it removed from any future DVD production.