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Confederate, a Civil War dystopia from the Game of Thrones creators, is already controversial


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The Game of Thrones showrunners are no strangers to controversy, but with the recent announcement of their next project, Confederate, they may now be actively courting it.

Per HBO’s July 19 press release, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s 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.”

There’s no doubt that Benioff and Weiss and HBO were keen to figure out what was next for the Game of Thrones team, and the fact that the answer is basically Civil War alternate-universe fanfiction is, to say the least, an unexpected decision. Not only isConfederate a hugely ambitious idea, but it’s the kind of concept that requires incredible deftness and sensitivity — a combination some are skeptical that this team and this network can pull off.



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