Of Kings and Prophets may be adapted from the Bible, but its characters would have one or two confessions to make if they went to church today. ABC's new show, whose first episode is scheduled to air on March 8th, tells the tangled stories of David, the famous shepherd (Olly Rix), Saul, a battle-weary king (Ray Winstone), and the prophet Samuel (Mohammad Bakri).
"Offerings Of Blood"
The first episode, 'Offerings of Blood,' sees King Saul struggling to appease the conflict between the Israelite tribes. But he brings another tragedy unto himself when he turns away the prophet Samuel, who exhorts him to destroy the enemy tribe of the Amalekites. Meanwhile, David travels to the palace to announce his ambitious plan to get rid of the lion killing his sheep.
First Look At The Cast
Promotional photos for the episode give us a good first look at the characters, with Simone Kessell starring as Ahinoam, the Queen of Israel, and Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, the younger princess, alongside the main cast.
Pushing The Limits Of Television Shows
The new show has been "pushing the limits" in terms of on-screen sex and violence, already including a steamy sex scene in the pilot that was sent to the press. But at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in January, executive producer Chris Bracanto insisted that there was no provocation just for the sake of it.
"There is no discussion about trying to add more sex or violence for the simple sake of doing so. We’re trying to tell the story that is in 1 and 2 Samuel, which has plenty of sex and violence on its own."
'Of Kings And Prophets' Compared To 'Game Of Thrones'
Accordingly, there are quite a lot of parallels to be drawn between Of Kings and Prophets and Game of Thrones, from the epic historical genre to the violent battles and, we've said it, the sex.
But it won't have any dragons, said Bracanto.
“It’s suspenseful. It’s extraordinarily violent. It’s sexual. And it’s a power struggle between two men. We don’t view this as a revisionist history nor do we view it as a literal translation. We’ve sought to make the show modern…This is a non-dragon version of Game of Thrones."
Will you watch the first episode when it airs on March 8th?