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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington Had a NSFW Accident in the Dragon Riding Scene – HarpersBAZAAR.com

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WARNING: This story contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1.


The dragon ride in last night’s episode of Game of Thrones was a new experience for both Jon Snow and actor Kit Harington. In the show, Jon flailed around and shouted on the back of Rhaegal—Daenerys’s dragon named after his father, Rhaegar—as he and Dany flew above the snowy hillscape of the North. In real life, the process was just as awkward, if not painful.

Like his co-star Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Harington had to film his dragon riding scene in front of a green screen on a mechanical bull-like machine called a buck. From there, the dragon’s body and the background of the scene were filled in through visual effects. The work was “not easy,” Harington explained in a behind-the-scenes GoT video series called The Game Revealed. At one point, the riding scene got so rough that he got a bit of a NSFW injury.

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“There was a bit when Jon almost falls off the dragon, swings ’round really violently like this, and my right ball got trapped and I didn’t have time to say stop,” Harington said. “And I was being swung ’round. In my head, I thought, ‘This is how it ends, on this buck, swinging me ’round by my testicles. Literally.'”

Geez.

“Sorry,” he added with a laugh, over chuckles from the camera crew. “Probably too much information.”

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In addition to the physical challenges of filming on the “dragon,” Harington also had the performative challenges of portraying Jon’s growing love for Dany in the same scene. “It’s one bit where you’ve got to convey your love for each other and you’re in a green box on a buck,” the actor said.

We hope Jon’s future dragon riding scenes (if there are any) were filmed a lot more smoothly.

Game of Thrones Season 8 airs on Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.

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