After HBO released its documentary Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, screenshots quickly started circulating of Kit Harington falling apart while reading about Jon Snow’s role in the fate of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The end of Thrones hit Harington pretty hard, and according to “Page Six,” the actor has spent the last month in a rehab facility, seeking help with “stress and exhaustion and also alcohol,” according to a source, with a friend of the actor quoted saying, “He realized ‘this is it — this is the end’, it was something they had all worked so hard on for so many years. He had a moment of, what next?”
Harington has spoken openly about the emotional ups and downs of starring on Thrones. His mental health really took a turn for the worse after Snow was killed, and fans spent a year intensely speculating about whether or not he would return. “That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people,” Harington told Variety. “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 fucking act.” He also described that time in his life as his “darkest period.” Additionally, the actor recently told Esquire that he “fucking broke down” after filming his final scene for Thrones, and compared the final shedding of his Jon Snow garments to being skinned alive.
During his rehab stint, “Page Six” reports that Harington is “undergoing psychological coaching, practicing mindful meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy to combat stress and deal with negative emotions at the facility.” He has permission to go in and out of the facility, so locals have spotted him around town, and his wife, Rose Leslie, who famously played his love interest Ygritte on the show, is said to be very supportive of his decision to seek treatment.