Offensive 'Game of Thrones' Episode Pulled from HBO Go
Just days after a fan discovered that George W. Bush's head was featured in a not very flattering position in "Game of Thrones," HBO has responded by removing the episode from any repeat viewing that the network can control.
The controversy started when a fan submitted to io9 the fact that the episode featured the prosthetic head of George W. Bush on a stick in a scene. Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss note the fact in the DVD commentary, but also claim that it's "not a political statement."
When the story went viral and was met with outrage, the showrunners apologized, claiming that due to budget constraints, they had to use whatever heads they could get their hands on affordably.
HBO issued its own apology, but took things a step further: as of this morning, the offending episode--"Game of Thrones" season 1, episode 10, "Fire and Blood"--was removed from HBO Go and iTunes. HBO had promised that the image would be "removed from any future DVD production," and it looks like all digital copies out there will be doctored as well.
The digital offerings should return in time after the episode has been altered, which is good since it's the season one finale, and a pretty good episode overall. As for those of you who have the original season one DVD set, congratulations... you now have a collector's item.
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