Kit Harington has dedicated nearly a decade of his life to Game of Thrones, pouring his blood, sweat and tears into making Jon Snow the iconic character of our generation. And now, as the show marches to its final climactic ending, we find out Harington came this close to giving the ultimate sacrifice to the series: namely, his testicle. More specifically, his right testicle.

In “Game Revealed,” a candid behind-the-scenes mini-documentary of the season 8 premiere, showrunners and stars Emilia Clarke and Harington showed fans exactly what goes into a dragon riding scene. While Clarke has had years of practice a buck, the green screen mechanical bull like contraption that stands in for a dragon, Harington was a true novice.

“I think the actual dragon ride was like, one bit where you’ve gotta convey your love for each other and you’re in a green box on a buck,” Harington says, scoffing at the experience. “Buck work is not easy. I think what sums up the buck for me was there was a bit where Jon almost falls off,” Harington says around the 17:30 minute mark. “The dragon swings around really violently, like this, and my right ball got trapped, and I didn’t have time to say ‘Stop!’ And I was being swung around.”

 

“In my head, I thought, ‘This is how it ends, on this buck, swinging me around by testicles, literally,’” Harington laughs as loud giggles are heard off-camera. “Sorry. Probably too much information.”

While his dedication to the craft and the scene is commendable, the well-being of Harington’s privates is paramount. Thankfully, disaster was avoided and fans, Harington and his testicles can all breathe a sigh of relief.

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