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Twitter Is Pissed About The 'Game of Thrones' Showrunners New Series, 'Confederate'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 19, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 19, 2017 |

HBO announced today that, as Game of Thrones winds down, its showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be developing their follow-up series, Confederate. It’s set in a universe where the South won the Civil War, seceded from the Union. From The Wrap:

In this version of the United States — or what’s become of it — slavery has remained legal and has continued into the modern era.

The story takes place during what’s called the Third American Civil War and follows a group of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, now a demilitarized zone. The groups the characters belong to are vast and include freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists and others. One specific group are the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families they control.

Twitter did not take this news very well.

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But before we judge the series too harshly (and I’m not saying there aren’t some giant problems with the premise), it’s not that dissimilar to the Man in High Castle concept, where Hitler and Japan won World War II (a show with a lot of promise that has squandered it away). In theory, it might also have some thematic similarities to The Handmaid’s Tale, and it could highlight what a terrible world that would be and perhaps contrast it with our current political landscape?


It would be a seriously challenging undertaking, the margin for error would be razor thin, and two middle-aged white guys are not exactly the dudes who should be tackling this. On the other hand, they have hired at least two POC for their writing staff, Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, who will also exec produce.

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