Kit Harington of "Game of Thrones" Enters Rehab

By Maggie Ethridge 05/29/19

Harington is reportedly being treated for "stress, exhaustion and also alcohol."

Kit Harington

Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has been in a Connecticut rehabilitation center for nearly a month.

Page Six reported that Harington checked into rehab for exhaustion, stress, and alcohol abuse treatment. Harington had the backing of his wife, Rose Leslie, who played his love interest, Ygritte, on the HBO mega hit.

An unnamed source claiming to be a friend of Harington told Page Six of the actor, “The end of GoT really hit Kit hard… 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? He’s in the clinic predominantly for stress and exhaustion and also alcohol. His wife Rose is being extremely supportive. Everyone close to him really wanted him to get some rest. Right now, he just needs peace and quiet.”

*This portion of the article contains Game of Thrones spoilers*

Harington had recently been in the media spotlight for his emotional response at a table reading for the final episode of Game of Thrones, where he (and the rest of the cast) found out that it was his character, Jon Snow, who kills his on-air love, the dragon queen Daenerys.

In the documentary footage of The Last Watch, Harington reads out loud the fate of the two characters, and sits back with tears in his eyes while holding his head with one hand.

Harington has been public about how difficult ending the beloved show was for him. In a recent Esquire interview he described crying on the last day of filming, and feeling sad as the character’s costume was taken off of him.

Harington described the tremendous emotional weight he felt when his character, Jon Snow, became the focal point of Game of Thrones. “It wasn’t a very good time in my life,” he told Variety. “I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world when actually, I felt very vulnerable. My darkest period was when the show seemed to become so much about Jon when he died and came back,” he explained. “I really didn’t like the focus of the whole show coming onto Jon.

“When you become the cliffhanger of a TV show, and a TV show probably at the height of its power, the focus on you is f—ing terrifying. 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.”

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Maggie May Ethridge is the author of Atmospheric Disturbances: Scenes From a Marriage (Shebooks, 2014) and the recently completed novel, Agitate My Heart. She is a freelance writer published in Rolling Stone, VOX, Washington Post, The Guardian and many others. Find her at her blog Flux Capacitor or on LinkedIn or Twitter.