"Game of Thrones" was a huge hit, and JASON MOMOA was on it. But he was killed off in 2011 . . . BEFORE it really blew up.
And after he left, things were lean for his family, which included LISA BONET and their kids. Jason says he, quote, "spent several years struggling to pay the bills."
He added, quote, "We were starving after 'Game of Thrones'. I couldn't get work. It's very challenging when you have babies and you're completely in debt."
Obviously, things turned around for him when he got the gig as Aquaman in the DC Universe.
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