Good read with the story editor after season 2 wrapped up
Did anyone catch this?
HBO apologizes for putting George W. Bush's head on stake in 'Game of Thrones'
LOS ANGELES -
HBO has apologized for using a model head of former President George W. Bush in a grisly decapitation scene for its hit drama "Game of Thrones."
The tenth episode of the first season of "Game of Thrones," now out on DVD, features the younger Bush's head on a stake. Commentary on the DVD notes that his head appears in a "couple of beheading scenes."
The show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stated that George W. Bush's was used as physical inspiration to create a head for a scene in which King Joffrey shows Sansa Stark her deceased father's head on a stick.
"It's not a choice, not a political statement!" one of the writers insisted during the DVD commentary. "We just had to use what heads we had around."
HBO did not respond to FOXNews.com's request for comment, but as outrage mounted Wednesday, the network released a statement saying they were "deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste." HBO also said the scene would be removed from future DVD pressings.
The producers also attempted to explain the incident.
"We use a lot of prosthetic body parts on the show: heads, arms, etc. We can't afford to have these all made from scratch, especially in scenes where we need a lot of them, so we rent them in bulk," their statement read.
"After the scene was already shot, someone pointed out that one of the heads looked like George W. Bush. In the DVD commentary, we mentioned this, though we should not have. We meant no disrespect to the former President and apologize if anything we said or did suggested otherwise."
Now, of course there won't really be an outrage because of who it was, but could you imagine if it was Obama's head?
Finally caught up on Season 2 (stupid Comcast screwed up my HBO sub). The final episode was kind of confusing. So who sacked and burnt Winterfell? I thought it was Robb's allies that went after Theon. Why is Tyrion on the outs? I get that Cersei hates him and wants him dead, but you'd think that papa Lannister would hear what happened and be proud of his son (he was starting to come on Tyrion as far back as season 1 right?) And even though the Jon Snow stuff has been covered, it still makes no sense to me.
Other than that, massively enjoyable season, can't wait for season 3. First time anything related to the fantasy genre has really grabbed me as an adult.
Last edited by romano258; 07-03-2012 at 01:01 PM.
Tywin's extremely mistrusting of Tyrion. He made use of him as King's Hand when he himself needed to be elsewhere, leading his army and attempting to get the son he actually cares about back. He forbid Tyrion from bringing Shae with him to King's Landing because he considers Tyrion and his whoring ways a disgrace, and resents him as Cersei does for his wife dying at his childbirth. No accomplishment Tyrion could ever make would actually make Tywin proud.
I think what's so great and compelling about the books and the show is that it's not a condescending fantasy. It forgoes romanticized and idealistic portrayals of characters for a gritty realism, where no single character is without flaws, and no single character is the clear cut "hero" of the story. It's refreshing... but beyond that it's good. Even with the prophecy of Azor Ahai reborn and things like that, this isn't the fantasy of a Seeker who is the chosen one to restore order to a realm, or a tale of Elves and Wizards wise and perfect helping to solve problems that man has created.
I'm really not sure how to interpret the show's portrayal of the sacking of Winterfell. Dagmar wasn't Reek, but Bolton talked about sending his bastard son up to take back Winterfell. Per the show, apparently Dagmar and the Iron Islanders betrayed Theon and handed him over because they were offered immunity if they did so and headed back to the sea. I'm not sure how it all ties together yet.
Some folks are confusing the books and the show. In the show, Theon's men turned on him, knocked his ass out, and torched the castle.
In the books, Roose Bolton's bastard took the castle, killed all the Iron Men and captured Theon.
I'm guessing that the story arc in the show will have Theon's men turning him over to the Bastard, as was previously mentioned in order to converge the plot points and maintain consistency.
And Ironborn surrendering their (misguided, I grant you) leader so they could return home with their lives without a fight? It's completely uncharacteristic of the Ironborn as described either in the books or the show.
I don't have any problem with things getting changed. I have problems when the changes don't make sense