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

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

March 20, 2019

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has opened up on how he was affected by playing Jon Snow.

Kit Harington has revealed he sought therapy following Game of Thrones success.Credit:AP

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 realise, 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. "They could have easily set the same budget as they did for Season 7, but they went bigger."

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones arrives on HBO on April 15.

USA Today, with staff writers

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