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The 'Game of Thrones' creators' new series sounds like a bad idea

HBO announced David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on a new show, "Confederate." But why?
David Benioff D.B. Weiss New HBO Show
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss announce their post "Game of Thrones" plans. Photo: Getty

What’s next for the show runners behind “Game of Thrones?” A fantasy civil war era epic, that’s what.

Today, HBO announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss already have a new project in mind after they wrap up the final season of “Game of Thrones.” The pair will return to HBO with a new original series called “Confederate.” Yep, we’re a little worried too.

Here’s what we know about the show so far, from a press release.

"Confederate" chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.

Benioff and Weiss say that they have discussed the series for years, originally as a concept for feature film. Together, they will write the series and serve as showrunners. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife” and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire,” the forthcoming “Foxy Brown” will serve as executive producers and writers. Carolyn Strauss (“Game of Thrones”) and Bernadette Caulfield (“Game of Thrones,” “Big Love,”) will also join as executive producers.

Production will begin following the final season of “Game of Thrones,” so there’s one less thing to worry about.

Considering the unavoidable, squarely in your face white savior themes of "Game of Thrones," is this the best, most inventive idea that Benioff and Weiss could come up with? Isn't there a way that television can, I don't know, think outside the box and go beyond stories about slaves and slavery and racist, old timey ways? It's a tricky line that Benioff and Weiss are toeing, and we're not sure they're up to task — or that they should be trying in the first place. 

And more importantly, is there an audience out there that wants to see "a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution?" Because for this writer, it's a no. 

 
 
 
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