ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

With Game of Thrones winding down after Season 8, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss aren't ready to give up their claim over HBO's Iron Throne just yet. The network has just greenlit a brand new show from the duo which imagines a modern world where the South had won the Civil War and has seceded from the Union, set in the modern day.

The show is titled Confederate, and much like Man in the High Castle, it will imagine an alternative universe where the Confederacy rules the South and slavery is still a legal reality. Benioff and Weiss will act as executive producers, writers, and showrunners for the series that is likely to go into production after Game of Thrones wraps up in 2018/19.

Here is the official synoposis of what we can expect from the brand new show.

"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.

The ambitious project has apparently been bounced around for years, and was initially envisoned as a feature length film. But Benioff and Weiss believe the complexity of the story warrants a multi-season show. Speaking to Variety, the duo 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."

David Benioff and D. B. Weiss [Credit: WikiCommons]
David Benioff and D. B. Weiss [Credit: WikiCommons]

Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) have also signed on co-write and produce the series, while Thrones producers Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield will also act as executive producers. Unsurprisingly, HBO are also thrilled to be working with the dream team once more, especially after Game of Thrones's continued record-breaking success. HBO programming president Casey Bloys also told Variety:

“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.”

When it comes to compelling storylines and ambitious world-building, no network has had as much critical success as HBO. Sadly it does mean Weiss and Benioff will be leaving Westeros behind after Season 8, meaning the five possible prequels in the works will be left in the hands of someone new.

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