Here’s what it’s like when Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa slaps you into the hospital

Today, HBO launched a new series of animated shorts called Backstories that illustrate personal stories from behind the scenes of its shows Game of Thrones, Barry, and Insecure. The first of them, from a story told by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is pretty wild. It’s about how actor Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on the show and went on to star as Aquaman in the DC Universe films, put Benioff in the hospital by playing “the slap game.”

In the video, Benioff explains his logic for taking on a notoriously strong man-mountain in a physical contest of pain: “I’m going to challenge the Khal because if I beat the Khal, I’m the Khal.” (Heavy drinking was apparently also involved, if animators Ivan Dixon and…

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