Kit Harington plans to blow the king 'to hell' in Gunpowder teaser
Game of Thrones‘ seventh season may have ended last night, but Kit Harington won’t just be waiting around until season 8. Early Monday morning, BBC One released the first teaser for its new miniseries Gunpowder, which stars the King of the North.
The fast-paced three-part miniseries tells the story of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a plan to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I in order to restore a Catholic to the throne of England. Luckily, the plot was discovered and foiled on Nov. 5, a.k.a. Guy Fawkes Day, which is still celebrated every year with bonfires and fireworks.
While many believe Guy Fawkes (Tom Cullen) was the man who devised the plan, Robert Catesby (Harington), a 30-year old Catholic Warwickshire gentleman, was actually the driving force behind the entire affair. According to BBC One, “the 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against. At the same time a deadly cat and mouse game is played out with [King James I’s spymaster Chief Robert] Cecil’s [Mark Gatiss] ruthless spy network.”
“My wife is dead. My name, disgraced. My friends and family, tortured and hanged. We must strike at the root. Fawkes with light the fuse, and I, Robert Catesby, will blow the king and all his men to hell,” says Harington in the teaser.
Watch the teaser above.
Written by Ronan Bennett (Top Boy), the series also stars Peter Mullan, Liv Tyler, Peter Mullan, Edward Holcroft, and Shaun Dooley. It will be directed by J. Blakeson and produced by Kudos in association with Thriker Films. Executive Producers are Ollie Madden for Kudos and Stephen Wright for the BBC, and Harington and Daniel West will co-executive producers for Thriker Films. Laurie Borg is producing.
Gunpowder is “coming soon” to the BBC, according to the teaser. U.S. distribution has yet to be announced.