Well, that’s that – Game of Thrones season seven is over. Now there’s nothing to do but settle down for the long wait until the final season airs, probably some time in 2019.
2019? Ugh. That’s no fun. If only there was something else to watch in the meantime that had a familiar face on Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones, but that also combined elements of the historical event that inspired the 2005 movie V For Vendetta. Preferably a show that’s all about trying to blow up unpopular politicians, because that’s always fun.
Hey wait, what’s this?
Gunpowder is the story of Robert Gatsby, the man who arranged one of the most famous terrorist attacks in history, in an attempt to blow up the newly minted King James I shortly after he became the reigning monarch when the more famous Elizabeth I died without known heir.
Guy Fawkes is the most famous of this group of would-be king killers, in large part because it was his job to actually light the fuse that would have blown up parliament if all had gone according to plan. It’s his goateed face that became the basis for the V masks in V For Vendetta, which are used as a symbol of anarchy and anti-establishment to this day, having been taking on as a symbol by groups like Anonymous.
In Britain, Guy Fawkes night is held every November 5th, when people burn effigies of Fawkes, as well as setting off fireworks to represent what might have been had his plans to blow up Parliament succeeded.
(You may also notice that Fawkes is the name of Dumbledore’s phoenix in Harry Potter – that’s not a coincidence considering the fire motif that surrounds Guy in British history.)
It’s fun to think of Hit Harrington as the face behind this movement, lurking in the shadows and orchestrating a master plot (that ultimately failed pretty darn hard).
This three-part miniseries is coming a little later this year, and if you’re going to be desperate for something Game of Thronesy to watch, this should hopefully scratch the itch for a while.
There’s no way of knowing yet whether this will be any good, but it’s a BBC production, and if there’s one thing the BBC is good at, it’s making high quality period dramas – knowing that Kit Harrington is involved is pretty much a bonus!
It’s almost as if the BBC deliberately planned the release of Gunpowder to be just in time to coincide with the end of Game of Thrones season seven, but they wouldn’t be that sneaky, would they?