"I called him up for a fight, which I'd never done before ... and I got battered," Harington reveals

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June 28, 2016 11:55 AM

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King in the North … or King of your local fast fast food restaurant.

After six epic seasons on Game of Thrones, Kit Harington has revealed exactly how he landed the role of Jon Snow on the hugely popular HBO series – and the answer will surprise you, to say the least.

“I had a black eye,” Harington, 29, said in a video for W Magazine. “I’d been in a fight the night before.”

As the story goes, Harington stopped by a McDonald’s with a girl he was seeing at the time. It was late at night, and there weren’t any seats, so they asked if they could share a table with another couple.

“We sat down and quite quickly he started being really rude to the girl I was with, calling her names,” Harington recalled. “We were like: ‘We’ll just finish our food, we don’t want any trouble.’ ”

But then the other guy took it too far: “He called her something like an ugly pig or something worse,” the actor explained. “I got up and said: ‘No, no, no, you can’t, you can’t call her that, get up.’ ”

“So I called him up for a fight, which I’d never done before,” Harington went on. “And of course he’d been sat down the whole time, and he got up and he just … kept going. And I just realized at that point that I had to throw the first punch otherwise I’d look like a complete wimp.”

The end result?

“I got battered,” Harington admitted. “So then I went to the Jon Snow audition with a black eye – which I think that man who punched me in the face may have helped me get the job, so if you’re watching, thank you.”

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Harington also opened up about his most recent – and most game-changing – season on the show, in which he died and was brought back to life.

“If there’s anything better than being alive in reality it’s being alive fictionally, as well,” he said with a laugh.

Of the scene where he finally comes back to life, Harington said they did “thousands upon thousands of takes” of that single gasp of resurrection.

“It’s such a key moment, they wanted that over and over again,” he said. “I had to kind of say: ‘I don’t know how else to do it now, guys.’ ”

Harington also revealed how filming as the dead Jon Snow went, when he was “lying down for so many hours, for two whole episodes.”

“I remember I fell asleep in the middle of a scene and woke up, and you know when you wake up and you don’t know quite where you are? There’s nothing scarier than waking up in the middle of Game of Thrones world, naked, and everyone standing over you,” he said. “Like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve died and I’ve actually ended up in Westeros.’ ”

Game of Thrones will return in 2017.

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