The BBC’s brand new period drama, which chronicles the attempt in 1605 to blow up the House Of Lords, debuted on BBC One on Saturday (21 Oct) night.
But the brutal scenes left many viewers feeling a little queasy, particularly one that showed a young priest being hung, drawn and quartered alive.
Let’s just say it left nothing to the imagination.
In the graphic sequence, Daniel Smith (Thom Ashley) is dropped from the gallows and still alive, sliced open, before his insides are ripped from his body. Then his hands, feet,and finally head are chopped off.
It definitely wasn’t for the faint of heart...
Watching that Tv show on BBC called Gunpowder and it's the most distressing thing I've ever watched— Adam | 45 (@NiNjAzZ_45) October 21, 2017
We were enjoying #Gunpowder until they stuck in those unnecessarily long gruesome execution scenes. It felt really gratuitous.— Jon Paine (@JonPaine2) October 21, 2017
This execution scene is one of the most painful things I've ever witnessed on TV #Gunpowder— Megan (@meganmaryrose) October 21, 2017
I’m well aware #Gunpowder is full of accuracy but I’ve just eaten my breakfast and I’m trying to drink my tea— Claire T (@needaphone) October 22, 2017
I had to turn #Gunpowder off after 30 mins for the same reason I don't watch Isis beheading videos.— Alan Davidson (@Atticus_F_inch) October 22, 2017
Execution scenes in Gunpowder on BBC One were incredibly violent last night. And historically accurate.— Orestis Bastounis (@MrBastounis) October 22, 2017
Please advise how I can watch gunpowder but skip over the drawing and quartering. thanks.— Alex Heeney (@bwestcineaste) October 22, 2017
#Gunpowder and not even for the Kit Harington perving! Although I did feel sick after one particular scene— Scare 'Em (@Emma_Lou_84) October 22, 2017
While others felt people needed to get a grip...
Havnt watched #Gunpowder yet but looking at the cry babies on here moaning about the gore, I can’t wait. History was brutal people. Man up— Danny M (@dannydamanny85) October 22, 2017
Brutal but historically accurate Maybe you more delicate souls should go to bed before 9pm if it upsets you #Gunpowder— yunus eftelioglu (@muhammetgwkzy) October 22, 2017
To those who are horrified at the "Gore" please pick up a history book. Britain was build on blood, rape and plundering #Gunpowder— Rachel Harrison (@rachelannharri1) October 21, 2017
I wonder how many BBC viewers will complain about the graphic scenes in #Gunpowder even though this stuff actually happened regularly?— Bethany Callbutt (@BethanyCallbutt) October 21, 2017
All these people complaining about #Gunpowder, there’s no escaping history and it’s true horrid, horrid colours and harsh reality— Megan-Anne (@MeganAnneFilm) October 21, 2017
Kit Harrington recently described the drama as his “baby”. He told the Press Association: “I loved being involved as a producer in this from genesis, from coming up with the idea to finding a brilliant writer that wanted to do it with us, to finding a brilliant director who wanted to direct it with us, to casting it.
“You know, I was involved from the very start. I understand now what they mean when they say it’s my baby.”