Game Of Thrones isn’t coming to an end quite yet, and spin-offs aplenty look set to spring up soon enough, but the show is closer to the end than the beginning. Naturally, series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven’t had to worry about being out of work once the show concludes. In fact, they’re not having to go very far at all.
The pair will be reteaming with HBO for a history drama titled Confederate.
The show will be written by Benioff and Weiss, who will also serve as showrunners, and will reportedly deal with the events leading up to the third American Civil War. If you’re asking “wait, what?”, then don’t worry. The show takes place in an alternate history in which the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union and created a new nation where slavery remains legal.
The series will follow “a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone – freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall”.
It’s an interesting and large scale project that falls right in line with the kind of scope Game Of Thrones has achieved. Benioff and Weiss will be joined by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) as writers and executive producers on the show.
In a statement, the two showrunners said:
“We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film. 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 Nichelle and Malcolm, who have impressed us for a long time with their wit, their imagination and their Scrabble-playing skills”.
The show certainly sounds like something that will demand an epic spectacle, and HBO likely won’t have much of a problem throwing money at Confederate considering it’s coming from the creators of arguably their most successful show ever.
It’ll have a tough task matching the audience level and quality of Game Of Thrones, but Confederate certainly has a captivating, original idea behind it that has the opportunity to enthral and entice a similar audience towards it. Now we wait on casting news.