“The takes are already rolling in on Confederate, a forthcoming HBO series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — but all you really need to know is that this show sounds stupid as hell. Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, is massively popular and this season’s premiere boasted the show’s highest ratings ever, so it was inevitable that HBO would greenlight whatever Benioff and Weiss wanted to make next. But Confederate is not the move. The premise? What if the South won the Civil War and… slavery still existed?! This is white nonsense. HBO announced Confederate today and provided the following description: ‘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.'”

Source: Ira Madison III. “The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next Show Sounds Stupid as Hell.” The Daily Beast. July 19, 2017. http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-game-of-thrones-creators-next-show-sounds-stupid-as-hell

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