We know that Game of Thrones only has one short season to go before ending forever. We rationally understand that. But with the finale for season 7 still fresh in our minds, this news about Kit Harington is hitting us hard. The GoT star will be in a new historical drama for BBC One, alongside Liv Tyler.
Called Gunpowder, Harington's new gig is a three-part series about an actual historical event known as the "Gunpowder Plot." In the 17th Century Harington's character, Robert Catesby, develops a plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. The event is commemorated to this day in the United Kingdom as "Guy Fawkes Day." Guy Fawkes, Catesby's co-conspirator and will be played by Tom Cullen from Downton Abbey. Liv Tyler will play Anne Vaux, Catesby's cousin who gets caught up in the plot.
BBC One posted a sneak peek of the new show on Facebook this Monday with the caption "Autumn Is Coming." Too soon, BBC. It's still too soon.
The trailer sweeps around Cullen and Harington as the GoT actor does an expositional voice over: "My wife is dead, my name disgraced, my friends and family tortured and hanged," he says. "We must strike at the root. Fawkes will light the fuse and I, Robert Catesby, will blow the king and all his men to hell."
It's hard to imagine Harington as anyone but Jon Snow. One redeeming quality is that it seems like Harington really cares about this project. The series is produced in conjunction with his own Thriker Films production company and Variety notes that Harington helped develop it. And from what we've seen, Catesby looks just as heroic and determined as our own Jon Snow.
With the end of Game of Thrones approaching faster than we'd like, it's about time we get used to seeing Harington in new roles. Plus, Gunpowder will be a nice dose of Kit Harington until season eight of GoT premieres in 2019.
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