Lead role to rehab: Who is Jon Snow in real life?
Kit Harington has checked into rehab, and his character played a part
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You know him well on-screen as the brave young man with complicated origins who loves his queen, but there’s a lot that audiences don’t know about the ‘Game of Thrones’ heartthrob, including the immense toll the show has taken on him.
Harington played Jon Snow for eight years, and the end of the show hit him hard, a friend of his told the news outlet. “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?”
Many saw in the ‘GoT’ documentary ‘The Last Watch’ that, during the table read of the final script, Harington broke down in tears and was truly in shock over Jon and Daenerys’ last moments together. He admitted that he decided to seek therapy after that.
Becoming an international star has its challenges, and the British actor told Variety his lowest and darkest point coincided with the moment in the series where Jon became the focus, as the biggest cliffhanger, and all eyes were on him.
“It wasn’t a very good time in my life,” he said. “I felt I had to feel that I was the most fortunate person in the world when actually, I felt very vulnerable. I had a shaky time in my life around there—like I think a lot of people do in their 20s.”
All of those feelings seemed to culminate while filming the series finale, as he told Esquire that he had a “full-on breakdown” and started hyperventilating doing his last shots. “It was this onslaught of relief and grief about not being able to do this again,” he said.
“But the weirdest bit was when we came off set and they started taking the costume off and it felt like being skinned,” he added. “It felt like they were unceremoniously for the last time ripping off this character.”
His wife, ‘GoT’ costar Rose Leslie, has been very supportive of him as he’s been undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy at the facility, called Privé-Swiss, which reportedly costs over US$120,000 a month. He’s been spotted around town, popping into bookstores and wellness studios, and residents say he looks good.
But all this is the tip of the iceberg! From his strange fears and weird fascinations to the things that took place behind the guise of Jon Snow, check out this gallery for everything you need to know about Kit Harington.