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Erin Strecker
March 26, 2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

You know nothing about Jon Snow’s butt — but you’re about to learn a lot more, thanks to GQ.

For example: Remember that time last season, when Game on Thrones viewers got a glimpse of Kit Harington’s backside? “When it came down to it I had a broken ankle, so the only time you saw my ass, it wasn’t my ass,” Harington explained to the magazine.

The revelation is just one of many the Game of Thrones star dishes in his GQ cover story. Still on the subject of all the HBO drama’s nudity, Harington said, “It’s only right, if you’re going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”

The actor also offered his theories about why the show is such a hit. “I think people like Game of Thrones because people respond to not being treated like idiots,” he said. “It’s a really complex story, and it’s very hard to follow, and people love working that puzzle out. And essentially why I think people like it is it’s a rollicking good story with sex and violence….I think Jon Snow is one of the last bastions of a young hero who might do a good thing. There’s a huge amount riding on him to be a leader, and I want him to become that leader. I guess for me, Jon Snow is a figure of hope within the whole thing — that he’ll continue to be this good person, and somehow the story will end well for everybody.”

Clearly, the story is not going to end well for everybody — which Harington acknowledged later in the interview. “[The violence] doesn’t stop, either,” he told GQ. “It’s getting worse. There’s some scenes this season, and there’s parts of it that go even darker. What I wonder is how people can deal with something going dark and dark and darker. Being unrelenting in how pessimistic things are. They really push it.”

The whole cover story is available to read at

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