Twitter Is Shocked By How "Gory And Brutal" Kit Harington's 'Gunpowder' Was

"Is the history of our country making you uncomfortable? Good."

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Jon Snow was finally back on our screens on Saturday.

Well, sort of. Kit Harington was at least, starring in his gruesome new BBC One drama Gunpowder, which is all about Guy Fawkes and Co's failed Gunpowder Plot.

Kit stars as Robert Catesby – the driving force behind the infamous mission to blow up parliament in 1605.

Downton Abbey's Tom Cullen plays Guy Fawkes and Mark Gatiss is Chief Robert Cecil, spymaster and head of torture to the Catholics, while Liv Tyler stars as Catesby's cousin Anne Vaux.

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Naturally, people couldn't help but make constant Jon Snow references:

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Kit did warn Digital Spy Gunpowder is pretty brutal, saying: "It's a very violent time, we have to show the violence the Catholics incurred, the violence in this period, to show why they might have gone on to do these things."

Fair enough and everything, but that didn't stop viewers from hiding behind their sofas:

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One scene featured an elderly female prisoner being crushed to death:

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And a man was hanged in another... then drawn and quartered:

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Still, many realised the importance of showing such violence:

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Anyway, despite its goriness, viewers seemed to enjoy the first episode of Gunpowder.

But don't get too used to seeing Kit in any more historical-style dramas for the time being: he's "done" with them.

"This fitted quite well into not being able to cut my hair!" he joked. "Why I keep ending up in cold, muddy places, on horses, I've no idea. It must be some desire that's built into me from a past life, I think.

"I'm personally done now with [that] so moving forward, [I'd like] something with guns! Just move my way slowly more modern, century by century."

Gunpowder continues next Saturday (28 October) at 9.10pm on BBC One, but you can watch all three episodes on iPlayer now.

From: Digital Spy