Watch Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington in BBC’s Gunpowder teaser trailer


Kit Harington will appear in BBC One’s miniseries “Gunpowder” between seasons of “Game of Thrones.”

The true identity of Kit Harington’s Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow, was revealed in the show’s season 7 finale Sunday night, but we won’t see the King in the North find out the news himself until the final season premieres in 2019. Fortunately, for fans of the actor who will miss seeing him on screen every week, Harington will soon be seen in a historical miniseries in the UK that will tell the story of the man who devised the plan behind the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Harington will play Robert Catesby in the three-part miniseries, titled Gunpowder, the 30-year-old English leader of a group of provincial Catholics who sought to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords in order to restore a Catholic to the throne. The role is fitting given that Harington has previously revealed that he’s a direct descendant of Catesby.

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Additionally, Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) will play Guy Fawkes, the man assumed to be the driving force behind the plot, and the namesake for the holiday celebrated every year in Great Britain on Nov. 5, the day the plan was discovered and foiled.

Gunpowder will chronicle the group’s planning and evolution of the plot, the selection of their team, and the obstacles they faced, including a “deadly cat and mouse game” with King James I’s spymaster, Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss).

“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 a teaser trailer released by the network.

Watch the clip here:

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Since joining Game of Thrones in 2011, Harington’s only other TV credit was in HBO’s sports spoof 7 Days in Hell alongside Andy Samberg. He’s also struggled to achieve success on the big screen, starring in such box-office bombs as Pompeii, Seventh Son, and Spooks: The Greater Good.

BBC One has yet to reveal an official premiere date for Gunpowder, though it promises that it is “coming soon. It will reportedly air on Saturday evenings this fall. It’s unclear if and when it will debut stateside, where it could get picked up by BBC America or PBS. The limited series will also star Edward Holcroft (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Peter Mullan and Liv Tyler as Anne Vaux.