Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2019

Kit Harington sought therapy after Jon Snow’s epic Game of Thrones twist

Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers about Game of Thrones.

We knew nothing — until now — about how Kit Harington was affected by playing Jon Snow.

Kit Harington, seen promoting The Death and Life of John F. Donovan at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, says he sought therapy for the stress of playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
Kit Harington, seen promoting The Death and Life of John F. Donovan at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, says he sought therapy for the stress of playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.  (RICHARD LAUTENS / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

The English actor, 32, became an international superstar thanks to his breakthrough role on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but all the attention took a toll on his personal life.

“It wasn’t a very good time in my life,” Harington told Variety. “I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world, when actually, I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there — like I think a lot of people do in their 20s.”

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Harington said his anxiety grew worse when his character’s prominence rose on the hit HBO series. As a result, he sought therapy to cope with life in the limelight.

“My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon, when he died and came back,” Harington said. “I really didn’t like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon — even though it was invalidating my problem about being the weak link because things were about Jon.”

He continued: “That was a time when I started therapy and started talking to people. I had felt very unsafe and I wasn’t talking to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I have, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even (expletive) act.”

But Harington said his outlook changed and his anxiety lessened as the show continued to have massive success year after year.

“It’s like when you’re at a party, and the party’s getting better and better,” he said. “Then you reach this point of the party where you’re like, it’s peaked. I don’t know what I could find more from this. You realize, well, there isn’t more. This is it. And the ‘more’ that you can find is actually in the work rather than the enjoyment surrounding it.”

As for the last season of GoT? “They went balls out, I think is the term,” Harington said.

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“They could have easily set the same budget as they did for Season 7, but they went bigger,” he said.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones arrives on HBO on April 14, and it’s sure to be jam-packed with death, destruction and dragons.

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Kit Harington sought therapy after Jon Snow’s epic Game of Thrones twist