Admitting to having anxiety issues at the end of shooting, Kit Harington, the actor who played Jon Snow, has checked into a “wellness retreat” to get help dealing with post-show “personal issues”.
On the final day of shooting Game of Thrones, Kit Harington said he “felt fine” then as he prepared for his last shot he started hyperventilating. Once it was all done he broke down, overcome by a mixture of relief that it was finished and grief that he would never play this character again.
The actor who played Jon Snow across eight seasons, says it has been an emotional time. Indeed, in footage released of the last Game of Thrones table reading, he can be seen with tears in his eyes after learning of his character’s final contribution to the show.
He has now checked himself into a “wellness retreat” in America to help battle “some personal issues”. His publicist revealed Harington had been getting treatment for several weeks.
In a recent interview with Variety he explained how Game of Thrones had begun such a big part of his life, saying “you have… these relationships that thrive for eight years… [but] in the last season, I was like, these are getting tired now… and I think they got tired because we could see the end coming.”
He added: “That’s a way of emotionally detaching from something: relationships very slightly starting to strain, just on the edges, just frayed.”
It’s understandable to see the impact the show’s end has had on one of its biggest stars. Harington has become a household name because of it; his public persona fed by the show’s continuing popularity. Co-star Maisie Williams said in an interview that growing up in the public eye created a pressure to always pretend “that everything is fine”. That says a lot about what these actors went through.
Not only did they become worldwide celebrities but took on a weight of expectation that even the biggest pay packets can’t protect you from. Now that it’s all ended, there’s relief as well as an element of trepidation as to what happens next. Hopefully Harington can put his troubles behind him soon.