By Wallis Bell-McQuade
Late last night, news broke of Kit Harington’s self admission to a rehab facility in Connecticut. It is believed that he has admitted himself due to alcohol issues related to stress.
With the final ever episode of Game of Thrones now ten entire days behind us, we are told that Harington has been at this facility for almost a month prior to the final episode’s airing.
Now, for this article, I’d like to just take a minute to highlight some things about *that* ending. Stay with me.
Regardless of the plot holes left, thin strands of story left hanging, unanswered questions – the scale of the finale in terms of global phenomena is earth shattering. This one program managed to bring the world together one night a week and achieved a peace that the likes of Eurovision and the Olympics and all those other multinational/international events could ever dream of.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree the final season could have been done in a tidier fashion, spanned over ten episodes, maybe even another season – but in the wake of this news about Kit Harrington, we need to take a step back.
For roughly a decade, Kit Harington has been hitting home run after home run (sports reference, go me!) with his beloved Jon Snow, the sulky bastard of Winterfell. Now age 32, he faces the backlash of millions of fans unhappy with an ending that his character, a part of himself, was a major player in. For lack of a better analogy, put yourself in his shoes.
His life’s work so far, happens to now be one of – if not the biggest show on television. And we’re all huddled round the campfire sneering and pompously spouting how we would have done it better.
I don’t exclude myself from this, not one bit. But I have come to the realization that we are in one of the most vocal times in technological history. Opinions have never been easier to share. It is both the rise and fall of humanity. Where peace spreads, so can hate. And all to regularly we find the latter rather than the former.
With the weight of an 8 series run of the most anticipated series year after year on his shoulders, the uncertainty about how well the ending has played out – from the cast as well as audience, it is no shock that Kit Harington has been suffering.
This is something we as an audience forget all too often, that there is a real person behind the character. And while that is the main goal when acting, to step out of yourself and into another, we as a species struggle to separate when it comes to negative emotions such as stress and anxiety. It is absolutely understandable that the strain of the recent filming schedule and promo tour has affected him so. With 55 night shoots in a row, hardly seeing the sun and working yourself into the ground along with the natural anxiety of wanting to please and do well, even Clark Kent himself would struggle.
With all this, I am highlighting one thing.
We are all human.
We all have hard times.
But that doesn’t invalidate what you’re going through.
Celebrities aren’t superheroes, and no one expects you to be one either.
There is always someone to talk to, a friend , family or even a stranger.
We are all human. We all struggle. But we can struggle together.
We at The AnyThink! Network wish Kit the best in his recovery and hope he gets well soon.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol and you need advice, here are some handy numbers to help:
Samaritans: 116 123
DrinkAware: 0300 123 1110
Advice and information also available at nhs.uk