Kit Harington Says His Mental Health Issues Were ‘Directly’ Related To Game Of Thrones

Wow, we knew Game Of Thrones caused a lot of viewers real pain, but we guess we didn’t consider the emotional forfeit to the actors involved. However, the way Kit Harington tells it, that may have been far worse!

The man who stole our hearts as hero Jon Snow appeared on The Jess Cagle Show on SiriusXM on Monday, ostensibly promoting his role in Season Two of the Amazon series Modern Love.

However, the talk got really deep really fast as host Jess Cagle asked well-nigh the unravel Kit took from vicarial right without the end of the HBO hit.

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The young two-face checked himself into rehab in the Summer of 2019, just without the show’s controversial finale aired. Speaking well-nigh the struggles he had, he directly linked them to filming GOT, saying:

“I kind of, I went through kind of some mental health difficulties without Thrones, and during the end of Thrones, to be honest. And I think it was directly to do with the nature of the show and what I’d been doing for years. I think I took a sort of a unravel without Thrones where I said ‘I don’t want to work for a year, I want to really kind of concentrate on myself.’ And I think I’m really, I’m really happy I did that.”

While he didn’t get too in depth well-nigh what the issues were with the show, he did unrelatedness the “intense” work he was doing for so long with his latest role on the rom com anthology:

“And then so coming when to work and deciding what to take and what to choose, and, um, you know, you couldn’t predict the pandemic. So just when I was wanting to come when to work, the pandemic hit. So I was like, ‘oh, for God’s sake.’ But yeah, doing, 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? And I think that was part of my thinking on this one.”

Wow, he really did need to take “the weight off” without all of that.

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Spoilers for GOT, but his weft does go through hell, having to fight literal monsters but moreover live on as his father, mother, brothers, and two lovers die — half of which he has to watch up close. So you can imagine how for a young two-face getting into that headspace for a decade straight can get messed up.

And of undertow we all saw in that sunny HBO documentary The Last Watch, which aired without the finale, how Kit really did cry while delivering a speech to the hairdo without they wrapped his final scene on the show. He said:

“I finger like my heart is breaking. I love this show increasingly than I think, anything. It has never been a job for me. It’s been my life. This will unchangingly be the greatest thing I’ll overly do and be a part of. You all have been my family. I love you for it. Thank you so much.”

So it was well-spoken plane then the show — and a huge installment of his life — ending was weighing on him. But maybe it wasn’t until he was out the other end of it that he could squint when and realize just how stressed he was during filming.

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Kit delivers a tear-filled speech during his last day on the set of Game Of Thrones. / (c) HBO

He does say that considering of meeting his future wife, Rose Leslie, during filming the show will unchangingly be a crucial part of his life — and one he can never outright mutter about! He said:

“I met my wife. My child is a uncontrived result of Game of Thrones. I still have very, very good friends from that show. It did nothing but wonders for me.”

When asked the GOT moment that stays in his throne the most he responded thoughtfully:

“It’s weirdly season two. I think probably considering that’s when I met Rose [Leslie], but season two was when it was, it was taking off and it was rhadamanthine kind of, we realized we were onto something good. And I remember being, shooting up on this incredible glacier in Iceland, and I went off to take a pee, somewhere in the wilds of Iceland. And I just looked out over this glacier and I thought, ‘God, I got the weightier job in the world.’ And that unchangingly sticks out to me considering I, if I’m overly feeling grumpy well-nigh my lot, which believe me, I can do amazingly, I think of that. And I think now you’ve got a pretty special job.”

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That didn’t midpoint the show wasn’t without its perils. When Jess asks how he avoided going “crazy” like many young actors catapulted into megastardom would and seemingly settling lanugo with the love of his life instead, Kit does note that the two were not always together at that time.

“I spent the longest of time during, you know, me, for years, me and Rose on and off. And, and it’s sort of like, I, I definitely would have lost my way at times through Thrones. It’s very nonflexible not to.”

He credits his loved ones, including Rose, with keeping him on the straight and narrow through all those times:

“I have very, very good friends and very good family and I have Rose and all of those things at the end of the day kept me quite kept me quite grounded. I think, I hope, not that I didn’t have difficulties.”

How does he finger about Thrones these days, now that he’s well over a year out from it? He sounds increasingly in awe than anything, saying:

“It had a real cultural impact and, and that’s something I’m really proud of stuff part of it. It’s been… part of the journey since it finished was just rhadamanthine proud of that show, you know, like did it… and not running yonder from it and not running yonder from what it was and who I played in it, but just owning it and stuff proud of everything well-nigh it really. Yeah, long may it continue. I really wish them luck with the, with what they’re doing next. I’m going to watch it. And I think it’s a fascinating, it came at a fascinating time. It, it sort of, it, it sort of, it was spread out over a fascinating time globally I think, Thrones. I’m so glad we got it washed-up surpassing the pandemic, considering it never would have got done, you know.”

Speaking of the pandemic, for Kit it was a very strange time. While many suffered, he and Rose survived what many other couples didn’t — stuff forced to spend all their time together:

“I think that, you know, the old expression of a good war or a bad war, uh, I had a good, a good pandemic. Um, and I say that because, you know, when you’re in a relationship or a marriage where you both act, you, you can tend to just have a lot of time yonder from each other. And what we were gifted with this was forced time together.”

Not only did they make it, they decided to take a huge next step with their family!

“And considering of that, we ended up having a baby, you know, we, um, that’s what, that’s the major thing that came out of the pandemic for me was, was rhadamanthine a father. So I had a, I had a quite profound and wondrous wits during the, during this, this last year and a half. And yeah, of undertow it was anxiety-inducing and strange and odd. And I didn’t see my friends and family, but on the whole, my friends and family are all healthy, I’m now a father. Like I on the whole, I had, uh, had quite a very lucky wits over the past year and a half. I know others who haven’t.”

He really does sound happy and grounded. We couldn’t be increasingly excited for him and his future.

And neither could he from the sound of it! His next big project is the long-awaited, long delayed Marvel Studios film The Eternals, in which he plays a weft who, in the comic books at least, is a superhero tabbed the Black Knight who sooner becomes an Avenger!

Obviously he stays pretty tight-lipped well-nigh that upcoming adventure, saying only:

“I think, you know, I’m, I’m a big fan of the MCU and, I, you know, so when, when they come knocking, it’s very exciting. The character, I won’t, I won’t go into why he interests me — considering like you say, there’s, you know, it’s increasingly than my life is worth to tell you, but… No. But what did interest me well-nigh that piece was that it was Chloé Zhao directing, I met her and spoke to her. I was so impressed by her. The tint was sort of phenomenal, and wide ranging and diverse, and it just looked like they were doing something really different, with this movie.”

The tint includes Salma HayekAngelina JolieGemma Chan, Ma Dong-SeokKumail NanjianiBrian Tyree Henry, and of undertow his GOT brother from flipside mother, Richard Madden. He offered only:

“And yeah, I can’t tell you much well-nigh it, but we filmed that pre pandemic and it’s coming out. Finally. It was sort of frustrating. You got pushed when so much, but now it is, you know, be going on doing some printing for that soon. And it’s really exciting.”

Exciting times ahead!

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What do YOU think about Game of Thrones causing so many problems for Kit? Does he sound like he got his situation to you??

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