The creators of ‘Game of Thrones’, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, are already preparing their next series.
It will be called ‘Confederate’ and it will raise blisters. We tell you everything we know about her at the moment.
It will be an American dystopia
‘Confederate’ will tell the story of an alternative reality in which the Confederate States of America won the Civil War and formed a separate nation in which slavery is one more institution. The tension between the Confederation and the United States has come not to a second but to a third Civil War, and that will be the starting point of the series.
Will be seen on HBO
‘Confederate’ will be one of HBO’s biggest bets.
The reputed cable television chain needs a drama on its grill powerful enough to supply ‘Game of Thrones’. At the moment, part of that gap could be filled with ‘Westworld’ but, relying on the Weiss and Benioff tandem again, HBO secures another success under his belt.
It will not be like ‘Game of Thrones’
Although ambivalent in a dystopian world and far from reality (in principle), ‘Confederate’ could not be more different from ‘Game of Thrones’, a fantastic cut drama. The only thing that, in principle, will share both fictions will be the military touch since the war is a common and recurrent element in them.
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Following the announcement of HBO, many people complained on social networks that Confederate could resume certain traumas on real experiences of racism, while others felt that a series created and directed by two white men (whose racial representation is not precisely Diverse, as we have seen in ‘Game of Thrones’) can not be valid to represent a world in which the black race continues enslaved. On the other hand, others questioned whether the symbolism of the series could be adopted by white supremacist groups and used as propaganda.
Before such reactions, the show runners Benioff and Weiss left in defense of their series in the means admitting that, although they waited for some negativity on the part of the public, they wished that the critics with the series saw it before judging it.
HBO director of programming, Casey Bloys, has recently acknowledged that they screwed up to announce the series. He said that there was a lack of sensitivity on the part of HBO in dealing with such a controversial subject and that its respect was not reflected in the press release.
In any case, the Confederation remains a very controversial and divisive issue in the United States despite the fact that it has been so long since its dissolution. ‘Confederate’, Benioff and Weiss, and HBO should treat this issue with great care and, above all, respect, so that the most skeptical are able to see the benefits of the product, if any.
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David Benioff and D.B Weiss, showrunners of ‘Game of Thrones’, are the creators and main scriptwriters of ‘Confederate’, in which they will also act as showrunners and as executive producers.
They are joined by the marriage of writers formed by Nichelle Trimble Spellman (‘The Good Wife’) and Malcolm Spellman (‘Empire’).
Among the executive producers of ‘Confederate’ are, in addition to Benioff and Weiss, the marriage Spellman and two well-known ‘Game of Thrones’, Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield.
It was going to be a movie
In a recent interview, Benioff and Weiss admitted who have spent years developing the idea of ’Confederate’ and was originally intended for a film. However, their experience with ‘Game of Thrones’ has convinced them that television is the right medium and that ‘no one offers a narrative canvas as good and as big as HBO’.
No release date yet
HBO has yet to announce the release date for ‘Confederate’, though we can predict that it will take place after the end of ‘Game of Thrones’.
Neither has announced its cast
In the same way, the production is in a state so premature that no member of its distribution has been announced. In fact, the casting process may not have begun.
It will be a war like drama
As we say, ‘Confederate’ will take place in a world in which the Confederate States won the Civil War but did not diminish the tension between both sides, and at the time of the series will reach their third Civil War. That way we can expect some battle in the purest style ‘Game of Thrones’.
It will have multiple points of view
HBO has announced that “Confederate” will feature a large number of characters including abolitionists, slaves, peacekeepers, slave hunters and even leaders of a slave company. These characters will give different points of view of what life is like in both nations, the Confederate States and the United States.
Racial discussion will be very important
Slavery and its suppression is a very important reason for which to fight and ‘Confederate’ will plunge us into the high point of that discussion in fiction. Slavery will be the central theme of the series, and the reason for the tension and divisions that will appear in it. In ‘Confederate’ we will see two nations that have been fighting for more than 150 years and will return to the battlefield for racial discussion: the United States, opposed to slavery, and the Confederates, ready to kill to keep it alive.
Also, if they do well we can see certain parallels with real life. Like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with machismo and misogyny, ‘Confederate’ could take advantage of its message to address racial issues that still hit our society today.