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‘Game of Thrones’: See the New, George Bush-Free Season Finale

Game of Thrones George W Bush
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Yes indeed, it’s still being talked about months and months after the release of the ‘Game of Thrones‘ DVD that started the controversy, even if people didn’t notice until a few weeks ago.  You’ve heard the firestorm surrounding ‘Game of Thrones’ use of a George W. Bush likeness prop head put on a spike for season 1 finale “Fire and Blood,” but how would you like to see what HBO’s done about it?

Thanks to Vulture, we now have our first look at the revised version, which as everyone and their mother were recently made aware contained a politically-charged Easter Egg.  Rather than excise the footage depicting the severed head of former President George W. Bush’s head on a pike, the network has digitally altered the image to contain a different likeness.

Keeping the same hair, the image below shows the revised image to be featured in re-broadcasts of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 1 finale “Fire and Blood,” as well as added to future productions of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 1 DVD.  Note that the facial structure has been completely changed, and partially obscured, so as to discourage any suggestion of resemblance to the former president.

HBO’s alteration to the episode is the latest move in the long line of incidents which begat the infamous controversy, following the network’s profuse condemnation of the actions taken by series show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff in featuring the image.  Weiss and Benioff insisted no statement was intended by the image, though HBO was quick to apologize, condemn, and pull the episode from airing.

Check out the image below, and tell us what you think of the ‘Game of Thrones’ controversy in the comments beneath!

Game of Thrones George W Bush
HBO / Vulture

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