THE medieval-fantasy television drama Game Of Thrones has long drawn flak for its violence, nudity, language and the countless taboo themes they explore, but now the show is really under fire - for cutting off the head of a US president and mounting it on a pike.
Without giving away too much, the finale of season one features a scene where one of the major characters meets a grisly end, with their head lopped off and offered up for all to see.
And when it is seen, there alongside is the head of former president George Bush, dripping blood as it sits atop a spear.
The show's creators David Benioff and DB Weiss admit in their commentary to the recently released DVD of the first series that it is Bush's head, but insist it is not a political statement.
''It's just … we had to use what heads we had lying around,'' one of the show's creators is heard to say as the grisly spectacle unfolds.
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