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The toll of starring in one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows of all time seems to be quite significant. Kit Harington opened up to SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show about his time on the show.

The 34-year-old actor said that the very nature of the show was what drove his mental health issues. “I went through some mental health difficulties after Thrones, and during the end of Thrones, to be honest. I think it was directly due to the nature of the show and what I had been doing for years.”

This is what led Harington to the decision to take a break from acting after the finale of Thrones. He took the break to “really concentrate on myself” and checked himself into a wellness facility that was apparently effective as Harington adds, “I’m really happy I did that.”

He has since moved on an is having fun with his new roles. He recently filmed an episode of Amazon’s Modern Lovewhich he said he did just for the fun of it. “You don’t have to live in that intense place all the time. Why don’t you do something that takes the weight off? Why don’t you do something fun?”

Harington will hit the silver screen as the star in Marvel’s Eternals that will see release on November 5.