David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators and showrunners behind Game of Thrones, have already mapped out the next project they want to tackle once their critically-acclaimed series comes to an end. Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, announced on Wednesday that Benioff and Weiss will be working with the network once again for a show called Confederate, which “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.”
“We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film,” Benioff and Weiss said in a statement. “But our experience on ‘Thrones’ has convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO. There won’t be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world, and we couldn’t imagine better partners in world-building than [executive producers] Nichelle [Tramble Spellman] and Malcolm [Spellman], who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills.”
If the thought of a TV show which actualizes a world where the South won the Civil War and slavery still exists does not compel you to tune in, you're not alone.
And if a world where the South won the Civil War seems like an idea that has already been explored, you're right. People are responding to the announcement of Confederate by pointing out the existence of the 2004 film C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.
It may be time to go back to the drawing board, guys.