While Game of Thrones may have finished, it seems that the stress of filming got to one of the stars, Kit Harington, who has checked into a “wellness retreat” for reportedly undergoing stress and alcohol use treatment.
According to Page Six, the 32-year-old actor checked in to the luxury Privé-Swiss center weeks before the May 19th finale earlier this month.
The publication has reported that the ending of Game of Thrones “really hit him hard” as he’d spent eight years on the show playing Jon Snow.
In a statement released to Sky News a representative for the British actor said, “Kit has decided to utilize this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”
Kit had a leading role in the show since the start of Game of Thrones, so that has taken its toll on the actor.
In an Esquire interview, Harington explained his feeling when he was filming the final scenes of the HBO hit by stating, “The final day of shooting, I felt fine… I felt fine… I felt fine… Then I went to do my last shots and started hyperventilating a bit. Then they called, ‘Wrap!’ And I just… broke down. It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again.”
Page Six reported that at the facility, Harington has been undergoing psychological coaching – practicing both mindful meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy as a means of combating stress and dealing with negative emotions, something which costs over $120,000 a month.
A friend of his told the publication: “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.”
The final episode of Game of Thrones aired the 19 of May and, Game of Thrones aired on 19 May (US) 20 May (UK) and, despite bringing in a record 19.3 million viewers in the US alone, there’s been lots of negative feedback about the way that the storyline closed out the show.
This is also something that Harington has spoken about when in an interview with Esquire, he said, “How I feel about the show right now is quite defiant. I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season – and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here – but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgment on it, in my head they can go fuck themselves.”
He added, “I know how much work was put into this. I know how much people cared about this. I know how much pressure people put on themselves and I know how many sleepless nights working or otherwise people had on this show. Because they cared about it so much. Because they cared about the characters. Because they cared about the story. Because they cared about not letting people down.”