“Game Of Thrones” Star Kit Harington Says Show Affected His Mental Health
“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has opened up about the mental health challenges he faced after the award-winning HBO drama series came to an end.
“I went through some mental health difficulties after ‘Thrones’ — and during the end of ‘Thrones,’ to be honest,” Harington said in a new interview on SiriusXM. “And I think it was directly to do with the nature of the show and what I’ve been doing for years.”
Just over a week after the series finale aired that in 2019, Harington checked himself into a “mental health retreat.”
The English actor also revealed that he made the decision to take a career break after Game of Thrones ended, before returning to work with one episode of the anthology series Modern Love.
“I took a break after Thrones where I was like ‘I don’t want to work for a year, I want to really concentrate on myself.’ I’m really happy I did that,” the Harington explained.
“Coming back to work and deciding what to choose, you couldn’t predict the pandemic, so just when I was wanting to come back to work the pandemic hit, so I was like ‘oh for God’s sake’.
“Doing this Modern Love episode was a bit like, you don’t have to live in that intense place all the time. Why don’t you do something that takes the weight off? Why don’t you do something fun? I think that was part of my thinking on this one.”
Harington previously suggested that many of the other actors involved in the series finale of “Game of Thrones” found it took both an emotional and physical toll on them. In January of 2019, Harington told GQ Australia “the last season of ‘Thrones’ seemed designed to break us.”