A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lack of religious tolerance has historically led to bloodshed.
Positive Role Models
The conspirators believe that violence is justified if it protects their faith, but not all Catholics do.
Violence & Scariness
Brutally violent scenes, ranging from torture to bloody executions and dismemberment. Hatchets, swords, muskets, and torture devices visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of the king's rumored bisexuality. One scene features a fully nude woman, but not in a sexual context.
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Occasional strong words like "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (ale, sherry, wine) visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gunpowder is a historical drama about the failed 1605 British Gunpowder Plot. Teens may be drawn to it thanks to Game of Thrones star Kit Harington's portrayal of the main character, but it isn't intended for young viewers thanks to gruesome torture, execution scenes, and full nudity. Drinking (wine, sherry, and ale) is commonplace, too.
Is It Any Good?
This compelling and dramatic series manipulates history just enough to create solid characters and intense moments that keep viewers engaged. Kit Harington, a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, offers an angry and bitter rendition of the group's leader, while Robert Cullen personifies the now very stylized idea of who Guy Fawkes was. It also nods to the lingering questions about some of their Catholic allies, including the disapproving Jesuit Henry Garnet and family friend Anne Vaux (portrayed as Catesby's cousin by Liv Tyler), and whether they compromised the overall operation.
The depiction of the torture and killing of Catholics is both brutal and disturbing, but much of the series is dedicated to the ongoing discussions taking place among royal operatives, and between Catesby and his co-conspirators. As a result, some may find the show's momentum a little slow for their liking. But despite the pace and historical inaccuracies, at the heart of Gunpowder is an attempt to pay homage to a group of Papists who had the courage to rebel against religious intolerance, and a monarchy that was allowing it to happen.
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