As he is wont to do, President Donald Trump generated some controversy by using Game of Thrones imagery in a recent tweeting, prompting an official response from HBO. This week, special counsel Robert Mueller released the report of his investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election.
Only a redacted version was released to the public, drawing some mixed responses from people based on their opinions of the president. While the report doesn't definitely prove Trump committed a crime, it's noted that it doesn't exonerate him either. Still, Trump is treating the released report as a victory, tweeting an image reading "Game over," modeled after the Game of Thrones font. This led to HBO releasing an official statement in response.
"Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes."
Though not thrilled to see their flagship show's imagery used in this particular manner, HBO seems to be taking it in jest. Earlier this month, Warner Bros. took some more decisive action when Trump used music from The Dark Knight Rises for a campaign video posted online. After threatening the president with legal action, the video was removed, but not before garnering over a million views. WB also released a statement to the public clarifying that the use of the music for the political advertisement was not authorized, further distancing themselves from the president.
Oddly enough, this isn't even the first time Trump has been inspired by Game of Thrones for his tweets. Last winter, the president tweeted an image reading "Sanctions are coming," responding to the reimposing of U.S. sanctions on Iran. HBO responded to this at the time too in a similar manner, merely suggesting that they'd rather not have the show used for politics. "We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes," a statement from the network read.
Of course, Game of Thrones fans know that the series is in the midst of airing its final episodes. Season 8 will officially conclude the storyline the show first began in 2011, leaving fans simultaneously sad and excited. We're likely to see some pretty amazing and action-packed episodes moving forward, but we just may never see any of these characters again once the season wraps. Still, the show's universe will be expanded with a planned prequel series, although it's not expected to features any of the same characters. For what it's worth, however, author George R. R. Martin is still planning to conclude the story his own way in the book series the show is based on, but there's no telling when the next installment will finally be released.
As for the infamous Mueller Report, its release doesn't seem to have eased any political tensions between President Trump and his detractors. Despite the president treating this as a victory, others continue to argue there's still so much more to the story. In any case, Game of Thrones will continue to air new episodes on HBO every Sunday night, with or without photoshopped images of the president. This information comes to us from The Wrap.