The trailer for HBO’s newest miniseries “Gunpowder” makes one thing perfectly clear: Kit Harington’s hair should only be styled down. (Looking at you, Jon Snow man-bun.) In any case, the introduction to the latest three-part 17th century thriller features Harington as Robert Catesby, the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot that enveloped London back in 1605.
Catesby, a committed Catholic, struggles to live in Protestant England where Catholics are ruthlessly persecuted. Robert Cecil, King James’ spymaster (played by Mark Gatiss of “Game of Thrones” and “Sherlock” fame), oppresses those who are openly Catholic through loss of property, torture, and death. The acclaimed cast also features Liv Tyler (“The Leftovers”) as Catesby’s cousin, Anne Vaux, and Peter Mullan (“Quarry”) as the Jesuit Father Garnet.
The series, which originally aired on BBC One, was received as a historically accurate drama with gruesome and violent scenes that shocked some unknowing viewers.
The grim HBO drama is close to Harington, not only because he pitched the show with his drama school buddy, but because he’s related to his character, Robert Catesby. “Three years ago, Daniel West and I began developing ‘Gunpowder’ with Kudos and Ronan Bennett,” Kit Harrington says about the production. “We are thrilled to share this unique story with the U.S. audience. I can’t think of a better place to do that than my home at HBO.”
Check out the trailer below:
The first episode of “Gunpowder” will premiere Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. on HBO, with the second and third installments to air on the subsequent two nights.