HBO is continuing to do damage control after producers confirmed that a model of President George W. Bush’s severed head appeared in the season one finale of Game of Thrones.
The premium cable network has pulled the 10th episode of the drama from rotation on digital platforms — including HBO Go and iTunes — and halted all future shipments of its best-selling Season 1 DVD set, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
In addition, the dramatic end to the freshman season of the series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s books will be edited for all future airings both domestically and internationally, according to a new statement from HBO, which further reprimanded showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. (via Hollywood Reporter
So do what I just did and order your copy now, while you still can enjoy this politically charged easter egg-ish bit of in-movie humor:
I have to confess – I haven’t watched any of the show yet. I suppose I was put off by my increasing discomfort with the violence, particularly the sexual violence, in the books, of which I read the first three. I also “cut the cord” with cable, and that has drastically changed my viewing habits – shifting me from the current trends back to my first and most fundamental love, old movies. That, plus what I can get through the library, and as you might imagine, “Game of Thrones” has a long waiting list.
If you want to start with the books before watching the TV show, and from what I have heard that’s a pretty good idea, they are available through Powells.com:
You know… It’s possible that putting in the severed head of our last president was a clever plan to boost DVD sales and/or interest in the show, ready to be leaked when needed. In which case, I’ve just been the victim of viral marketing. Oh well. I can always give it to some Republican friend for Christmas.