Why Kit Harington Needed a Safe Word During the 'Game of Thrones' Battle Scenes

Game of Thrones fans knew that the final season of the HBO show would be super intense, and now that season eight is airing, viewers are already speculating about who will die during the battle of Winterfell. And during an interview with Esquire, Kit Harington and camera operator Sean Savage explained just how intense things have gotten during the filming of the show—so intense, in fact, that Jon Snow needed a safe word.

Savage has shot most of Harington’s action scenes, including season six’s “Battle of the Bastards.” Savage explained how he got the shot of Snow—or rather, Aegon Targaryen—getting trampled.

But just in case Harington felt unsafe during filming, he and Savage made sure that there was a safe word he could use to stop all the action.

“The funny thing was we had a, sort of, safe word. Which as I seemed to remember was—well, there was an episode in Family Guy where their safe word is ‘banana,’ which I thought we might as well go for,” Savage explained.

So if season six was that intense, imagine how thrilling (and scary and heartbreaking and amazing) this season’s battle of Winterfell will be.

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