At this point, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can pretty much write their own ticket. The HBO show based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels (still waiting for you to finish them George!) is in its 7th season and going strong after this week’s season premiere. As this is Game of Thrones’ penultimate season before the big climactic conclusion of the much-loved show, everyone is wondering what is next for the famed duo. After all, they managed to give us Martin’s brilliant work and have millions of people absorbed in the world of Westeros. Whatever they do next will have to be something just as big (and just as good).
Benioff and Weiss’ will follow up to the rich world of Game of Thrones with a completely different world. This world not so much a fantasy, but an alternate reality where the South did, in fact, succeed in seceding from the Union, but set in contemporary times. Confederate will focus on the present day where slavery is still legal in Southern states as a Third American Civil War is about to break out between the North and the South. The show will center on a group of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, which in this reality has become a demilitarized zone (which is always the least peaceful in any conflict), and the cast will include slave patrols, freedom fighters, abolitionists, journalists, and politicians. The show is also promising to have slave-holding multinational corporations thrown into the mix as well.
In addition to Benioff and Weiss, the team behind Confederate will include executive producers/writers : Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, Foxy Brown). Fellow Game of Thrones producers Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield will also be joining as executive producers for the show. HBO, of course, is more than happy to continue the partnership with the duo.
“As the brilliant Game Of Thrones winds down to its final season, we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series. Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey. Confederate promises to be no exception, and we are honored to be adding the talented team of Nichelle and Malcolm Spellman to the mix.” – HBO programming president Casey Bloys.
Given today’s political climate, this show has to be perfectly done. On one hand, this could be glorifying the days of slavery and alienate a significant portion of the population. However, if any group of writers could perfectly finesse a show with such a serious subject matter it’s Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Production is set to begin after Game of Thrones’ final season concludes.