The other shoe has dropped when it comes to “Game of Thrones” and the controversy regarding George W. Bush’s head (or at least a mask of it) being stuck on a spike during a season 1 scene. HBO along with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss apologized for it happening last week, with the reason given being that they had a limited budget and only so much time to find suitable models for heads.
So what has HBO done now? Basically, they are trying to control the damage as best they can. The episode featuring the head has been temporarily pulled from the network’s rotation, and production of the season 1 DVD set (which broke records when it was first released earlier this year) has been halted so that they can figure out what to do with the offending bit of commentary where Benioff and Weiss talk about the head.
This has certainly been an unwelcome bit of press for a show that is still receiving all sorts of Emmy buzz as an Outstanding Drama Series. Peter Dinklage is almost certain to be a lock to score another nomination as a Supporting Actor, and there will likely be some other nominations spread across the board in some technical categories.
Season 3 of “Game of Thrones” is set to begin production in Europe later this year — and hopefully, the larger budget now handed to Benioff and Weiss from the network will allow for there to be less in the way of heads that need to be used of various politicians.
Since all parties involved have already said that the move was not politically-motivated in any way, do you think that this is still a big deal in any capacity?