'Game of Thrones' Creators' Next Project Will Highlight a World Where the South Won the Civil War

Not everyone is excited about this idea.

Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss

Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss

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.

D&D already ruined the #GOT story now they want to bring a world where slaves still exist to HBO. This is the worst idea wtf #Confederate

— Ne (@Fancy_Botwin) July 19, 2017

*Hard* advance pass. https://t.co/nrhEp9FJFe

— Julian R. (@JRK316) July 19, 2017

Given the GoT Showrunners' history of being... hmmm...A LITTLE tone deaf when it came to rape and what not, I'm a little wary of CONFEDERATE

— Jonathan Hansen (@HANSEN_SOGROOVY) July 19, 2017

Not only does this seem remarkably tone deaf (to be charitable), but Kevin Willmott already did this with CSA which is already great. https://t.co/p7Xgx6qsu1

— Ryan ✍️ 🐦 (@5DogwoodDrive) July 19, 2017

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

Exactly. And the idea was already done by Kevin Willmott (Confederate States of America) and DB and Weiss will not add to it.

— Kaila York (@HeadlongEnt) July 19, 2017

Call your lawyers now, Kevin Willmott: https://t.co/LChR0WpJJB

— Alex Heard (@alexheard) July 19, 2017

It may be time to go back to the drawing board, guys.

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