But recently, Kit Harington said a Game of Thrones twist led him to therapy, which helped him deal with the newfound stardom that came with the success of the show.
People shouting at him on the streets - everyone, even the president wanting to know if Jon was really dead - got to Harington, understandably so. "All of your neuroses - and I'm as neurotic as any actor - get heightened with that level of focus".
"It wasn't a very good time in my life", Harington tells Variety.
Harington said in an interview published by Variety on Tuesday that he feels "like we are living in a more "Thrones"-like world". "I had a shaky time in my life around there".
"That was a time when I started therapy, and started talking to people", he said. I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn't talking to anyone.
Ian Gavan GETTY IMAGESKit Harington started therapy in his 20s during 'a shaky time' in his life
But there's always been an internal battle for Harington, much like Snow in the show, playing the unlikely hero and star - one that at times doesn't want to be a hero and often is his worst critic. In the last season, I was like, these are getting exhausted now. However, now that he looks back at the work he did on Season 8, he feels completely satisfied.
The more people like Harington draw attention to that, the more it hopefully encourages others suffering from similar stresses to reach out themselves - and that's a valuable way of utilising the spotlight that Game of Thrones has thrust upon him. He was at first shown to be the bastard, the unwanted one, only to be revealed as possibly the most important character in the story (yeah the bookreaders knew, or had a hunch long before, R+L=J).
"I'm deeply sad of the state of the world as "Thrones" ends", he said.
"Thrones" Season 8 begins Sunday, April 14 on HBO.
Although political resonance was never a main mission for the show, Harington says storylines' focus on power made it more relevant over the past few years. "I'm just blubbing", he said.