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Kit Harington juggles ‘Game’ and ‘Gunpowder’

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Kit Harington is still on “Game of Thrones.” I repeat, Kit Harington is still on “Game of Thrones.”

But the show’s Jon Snow is also filming an extracurricular BBC miniseries called “Gunpowder,” about England’s’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when a group of persecuted Catholics, most famously Guy Fawkes, plotted to blow up King James I. Harington will play plot mastermind Robert Catesby — a man who just happens to be one of Harington’s ancestors on his mother’s side.


The role will keep him in period dress, although, most likely, it will not feature resurrection. And while Snow has spent seasons finding himself, Catesby begins the story as a father and a passionate leader. Liv Tyler is also starring in the miniseries, as one of Catesby’s cousins. Odds are that, given the star power, the show will find its way to American TV, like so very many other British series including “Humans,” “The Last Kingdom,” and “Broadchurch.”

It will be interesting to see where the younger “Game of Thrones” actors, including Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, and Maisie Williams, wind up when the HBO series leaves the air after two more seasons. Will they play into or off of their “GoT” roles, which ushered them into international recognition? I love watching Rose Leslie (whose boyfriend happens to be Harington) on “The Good Fight,” no longer Snow’s lover. Ygritte, we hardly knew ye.

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