It has already provoked lots of controversy, and its creators respond in an interview: HBOs Confederate Producers Respond to the BacklashHBO announced today that it has ordered Confederate, a new drama series from Benioff and Weiss that takes place in an alternate version of America where the South successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.
The series takes place during the the lead-up to Third American Civil War and will follow a collection 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.
The Creators of HBOs Alt-History Civil War Show Face Backlash Head On | Vanity FairAnother concern some have raised is that a show like this could end up as almost pornography or wish-fulfillment for white supremacists and the alt-right. Whats your reaction to that worry about a show where the South won the Civil War.
MS: I think that [using the word] winning creates the wrong image. [In the world of Confederate], it was a standstill.
'Game of Thrones' Creators, HBO to Air Alt-Civil War Series - Rolling StoneThe series was initially dreamt up by the Thrones showrunners, who later brought the Spellmans into the fold. Weiss remembers having the idea after reading a bit of Civil War history and learning how one of Robert E. Lees botched invasions could have altered the course of the war if it had gone as planned. What would the world have looked like if Lee had sacked D.C., if the South had wonthat just always fascinated me.
Malcolm and Nichelle, who are black, said the material is deeply personal because we are the offspring of this history. We deal with it directly and have for our entire lives. We deal with it in Hollywood, we deal with it in the real world when were dealing with friends and family members.
Confederate, a Civil War dystopia from the Game of Thrones creators, is already controversial - VoxProduction for Confederate will begin following the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which is expected to debut in 2018 or early 2019. The seventh and penultimate season premiered last Sunday. The episode featured Ed Sheeran singing the unofficially titled "Hands of Gold."
It's still very early, so it's hard to say how the series will turn out.It goes without saying slavery is the worst thing that ever happened in American history, said Weiss. Its our original sin as a nation. And history doesnt disappear.
Pretty much the only black people in Game of Thrones are slaves, Ira Madison writes at the Daily Beast, adding that Game of Thrones track record on depictions of sexual assault is similarly uninspiring. Do we need another show from them where the black people are slaves and the threat of rape from slaveowners is ever-present?
When Adalian asked Benioff and Weiss about the backlash to how theyve treated race on Game of Thrones, Weiss instead emphasized that they are very hyper aware of the difference between a show with a fictional history and a fictional world, and a show thats an alternate history of this world.
Will it feature the North trying to appease the South by being unwelcoming to runaway slaves? Complete with the South acting as if nothing the North can do is ever enough, short of the North sending its entire black population southward.
Or both the North and the South being more friendly to western Native Americans than in our timeline, because they need all the friends they can get for confronting each other.