Confederate HBO

With Game of Thrones coming to an end after the upcoming final season, HBO is looking for ways to keep the network relevant and keep its subscribers hooked on its high-quality shows. So the network heads must have thought they hit the jackpot when GOT creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss came to them with news that they wanted to make a new original series.

The only problem was, the announcement of that series – which is called Confederate – was met with wide derision online and caused the type of response HBO wasn’t initially hoping for: a full-blown controversy. Things have been quiet on the development front since then, but now a new report says the show’s creators are “not actively” working on it…though it does remain in development. Read the latest Confederate HBO update below.
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To say that Confederate, the HBO alt-history series being developed by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, has stirred up some controversy would be an understatement. It hit a raw nerve on issues of racism and slavery that are still felt today. But as a show that isn’t even in development yet, there are only so many outraged tweets and hot takes people can write before we resign to the fact that this series is happening despite the many red flags that have popped up around it.

To that Amazon says: No. The streaming service is developing its own alt-history series as a clear antithesis to Confederate called Black America, in which freed slaves have been granted the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery. Whew, that is some next-level subtweeting.

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On Wednesday, July 19, HBO made headlines when they announced the new show from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The news wasn’t high anticipation for their follow-up – it was controversy over the show’s racially charged concept. Confederate is a dystopian drama about a world in which the South won the Civil War, and slavery still exists in modern day. Addressing the Television Critics Association, Head of Programming Casey Bloys said he expected a volatile reaction and regrets HBO’s handling of the press release announcement. However, he explained that creators Weiss, Benioff, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman have earned his trust.

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confederate producers defend against backlash

Confederate seemed like an intriguing premise for an HBO series: an alternate-history science fiction show depicting an America where the South had won the Civil War, created by the showrunners of the huge fantasy hit Game of Thrones? How bold, how avant garde, how…revolutionary. But perhaps HBO didn’t anticipate the severe outrage that the announcement of the show would incite.

Immediately, pop culture critics called out HBO for broaching a subject that is still so prevalent and sensitive today, as well as whether showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have met their share of controversy over Game of Thrones‘ lack of diversity and reliance on sexual violence, are the right people to handle such a volatile topic.

But the team behind Confederate, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman, said they did see the backlash coming.

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Confederate

Game of Thrones just began its penultimate season, but with the eighth and final season looming, we’ve been wondering what showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would do after its over. Would they take on a larger role on one of the Thrones spin-offs currently in development? Maybe make the jump to feature films? Go into hibernation after pouring their hearts and souls into one of the most difficult adaptations in TV history?

Now we know the answer: HBO has announced that the pair will be running a new drama series called Confederate that takes place in an alternate history in which the United States is about to enter a third Civil War. Looks like Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle will soon have some company in the “shows about historical events in an alternate timeline” category.
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