Game of Thrones Star Checks Into Rehab Distraught After Shows' Ending
The response to the final season of "Game of Thrones" from critics and fans alike has certainly not gone the way HBO hoped. The first two episodes of the six-episode final season inspired largely positive buzz, but the tenor of responses began to darken with the infamously darkly lit Battle of Winterfell and rather abrupt demise of the Night King in episode three.
As Daenerys increasingly descended into paranoia and bitterness, and some of the other female leads' story arcs likewise went directions some fans, particularly feminists, didn't like, the complaints about the show producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, mounted. After Episode 5, a petition for a "remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers" gained hundreds of thousands of signatures over just 24 hours (it's now surpassed 1.2 million).
Apparently, fans aren't the only ones left upset at the shows' ending.
The actor, who has portrayed Jon Snow on the acclaimed HBO series for the past 10 years, entered a “luxury rehab for stress and alcohol use” in Connecticut which costs over $120,000 per month,” Page Six reports.
According to the outlet, Harington has been receiving psychological coaching and behavioral therapy to help him deal with and manage stress and “negative emotions.” He has also as practicing mindful meditation.
Harington was distraught about GoT’s ending and has leaned on his wife and former costar Rose Leslie during this time for support, the outlet adds.
He isn't the only actor taking the ending hard. Indie Wire reported that Charles Dance spent four seasons on “Game of Thrones” playing the conniving and tough-loving Tywin Lannister, father of Cersei (Lena Headey), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), and the actor took a nod from his character when reacting with brutal honesty to the much debated “Thrones” season finale. A clip of Dance’s recent appearance on “Good Morning Britain” is going viral (via The Playlist) due to the actor’s underwhelming reaction to the final “Thrones” episodes
“I was confused,” Dance said about where the all the characters end up in the finale. “[I] got to the very end and I thought, ‘Hmmm, okay…’ There’s little Arya, she’s going off on a cruise somewhere. Poor Jon, going back up north beyond the wall. And then there’s Tyrion. And all the people left alive are saying, ‘What do we do now? Should we have a cup of tea?’ And I thought, ‘Ahhh, I don’t know.’”
So if you're upset at how GoT ended, know that you're not alone. It has the cast distressed and, at least one, in therapy because it left so much unexplained.