John Snow's shocking death at the height of the fifth season and the constant speculation about his persistence by many people through the emotional squeeze. But at least everything was Kit Harrington himself, and unfortunately not for the reasons that could be expected.
Speaking in a candid profile of Variety for the upcoming end of A Game of Thrones about the mental health issues he was struggling with during his show as the culmination of the intense attention that came with John's death at the end of the fifth season, and his return to the sixth. According to Harrington, the sudden light of what felt like a whole series focused on John, and hence on him as an actor, and became too much – and the stress of reconciling with him led to the search for therapy:  It was not a very good time in my life. I felt like I had to feel like I was the happiest person in the world when I was actually very vulnerable. There I had an uncertain time in my life – as I think many people are making their 20s.
My darkest period was when the show seemed to be so much for John when he died and returned. I really did not like the focus of the whole show coming on John – though it was my problem that I had a weak connection because it was for John …
It was a time when I started therapy and started talking to people . I felt very dangerous and did not talk to anyone. I had to feel very grateful for what I had, but I felt incredibly concerned about whether I could even go to hell.
After seeking help, Harrington's mental health improved, and now his relationship with glory brought him a much better place. But it is unbelievably bold for the actor to talk openly about it now. Questions like emperor syndrome and anxiety affect us all, whether we're stars on one of the biggest shows on TV or otherwise.
The more people like Harrington attract attention to this, the more we hope to encourage others who suffer from such stressful situations to get to themselves – and that's a valuable way to use spotlight
Game on Thrones returns for the eighth and final season April 14 on HBO.
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