Game of Thrones Led to Mental Health Difficulties for Kit Harington, Actor Admits

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Game of Thrones led to mental health difficulties for Jon Snow actor, Kit Harington, which eventually caused him to take a year off of work.

This news comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, which reports Harington spoke of his mental health challenges on the SiriusXM show, The Jess Cagle Show. Harington told the hosts that the nature of Game of Thrones led to mental health difficulties for him both during and after the show.

“I went through some mental health difficulties after Throne and during the end of Thrones, to be honest,” Harington said. “I think it was directly due to the nature of the show and what I had been doing for years.”

Harington said the mental health challenges brought upon by Game of Thrones led to him taking an entire year off of work “to really concentrate on [himself].” THR points out that it was reported back in May of 2019, which is also when the series finale of Game of Thrones aired, that Harington had checked into a wellness facility to address his mental health difficulties.

He said in the Jess Cagle Show interview that right when he was finally ready to get back to work, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. He also said that he doesn’t have to live “in that intense place all the time” when acting, presumably referring to the darker and more violent nature of Game of Thrones.

Harington’s comments come as the wider pop culture world grapples with mental health, whether it’s in Olympic sports or entertainment and gaming.

Harington’s next big role will be as Black Knight in Marvel’s Eternals, which is set to hit theaters on November 5. For more about that character, check out IGN’s breakdown of Black Knight and who Harington’s Marvel character is, and then watch the latest teaser for the movie. Check out IGN’s breakdown of who’s who in that teaser after that.


Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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