George W. Bush, mounted on a pike on the walls of King's Landing so the Kingdom would know he was a traitor.
A scene from the tenth episode of the first season has been found to show a prop - a severed head - that bears an uncanny resemblance to former president George W Bush.
The model head, topped with straggly hair, appears for just a second in an episode of the fiction series that aired last year. It went unnoticed until a Reddit user flagged it, bringing swift condemnation, reported New York Daily News.
It didn't take long for all media outlets to run with it and for HBO to apologize profusely.
Show bosses David Benioff and D B Weiss acknowledged the likeness during the commentary feature on the show’s DVD boxed set.
“George Bush’s head appears in a couple of beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. We just had to use whatever head we had around,” they said in the commentary.
HBO and the show’s creators issued a pair of statements late Wednesday apologising for the incident,saying that they found it to be in very poor taste and would have the likeness removed from any future DVD production.