“Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington apparently had a rough time after the show ended.
Harington starred for eight seasons as Jon Snow, and he became more and more of the face of the series with every season that passed. Well, he struggled big time with alcohol and mental health issues once the epic saga came to an end. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters)
Things that have happened to me since ‘Thrones’ ended, and that were happening during ‘Thrones,’ were of a pretty traumatic nature, and they did include alcohol…I will give you an answer to that question: the answer is yes. Yes of course [he struggled with suicidal thought]. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things… maybe [speaking about this will] help someone, somewhere. But I definitely don’t want to be seen as a martyr or special. I’ve been through something, it’s my stuff. If it helps someone, that’s good.
Obviously, you never want to see anyone struggle with mental health and substance abuse. That’s especially true when the issues are so bad that they’re apparently thinking about ending it.
I can’t imagine how tough of a situation that must be for any person to be in, especially one with seemingly all eyes on him.
The reality is that famous people still struggle with things in their private lives, and oftentimes, they can be much worse given the magnifying glass they live under.
A regular person gets to deal with things in private. A celebrity deals with them in front of the world. It’s not a position a smart person would envy.
Add in the criticism the final season of “Game of Thrones” received, and it’s not hard to see how Harington slid into a dark place.
Thankfully, it sounds like he’s doing much better these days. Hopefully, the fact he spoke out encourages others who might need help to go get it.