Confederate is an upcoming American television and alternate history drama HBO series set in a timeline where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate.
- Confederate chronicles events leading to the "Third American Civil War". It 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.
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HBO ANNOUNCES CONFEDERATE, A NEW DRAMA SERIES CREATED BY DAVID BENIOFF AND D.B. WEISS
Series will be executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Malcolm Spellman, Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield will also executive produce. “Game of Thrones” creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will return to HBO with their new original series CONFEDERATE, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.
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.
“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,” said Bloys. “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.”
“We have discussed CONFEDERATE for years, originally as a concept for a feature film,” add Benioff and Weiss. “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.”
CONFEDERATE will be written and created by Benioff and Weiss, who will also serve as showrunners on the series. Partnering with them as executive producers and writers on the series will be Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire,” the forthcoming “Foxy Brown”). Carolyn Strauss (“Game of Thrones”) and Bernadette Caulfield (“Game of Thrones,” “Big Love”) will also join as executive producers. Production will begin following the final season of "Game of Thrones".
The Game of Thrones partners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, had discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film. However, their experience on Thrones had convinced them that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO.
On July 19, 2017,David Benioff announced that he and D.B. Weiss would begin production on a new HBO series, titled Confederate, after the final season of Game of Thrones.
Upon announcement, Confederate received backlash on Twitter over its featuring a modern-day Confederate States of America in which slavery is legal. April Reign, known for starting th #OscarsSoWhite, created #NoConfederate which became the number one trending topic during the airing of an episode of Game of Thrones. At one point, #NoConfederate trended number one nationwide in the United States and number two worldwide for about an hour.
Critics contended the show risked a sympathetic portrayal of a slave holding society that would minimize the negative impact of slavery or worse act as wish fulfillment for white supremacists.
In an interview with Vulture, all four producers, D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman addressed the backlash they've received thus far, and asked critics to defer judgment until the show airs. 
On July 26, 2017, in the afternoon during the Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour, HBO’s Casey Bloys expressed some regrets about how the network decided to announce the show. However, he stood behind the decision to green-light the show.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Deadline—"'Game of Thrones' Creators Reteam With Hbo On 'Confederate' Alt-history Drama Series" (July 19, 2017)
- ↑ HBO PR—"HBO Announces Confederate a New Drama Series Created By David Benioff and DB Weiss" (July 19, 2017)
- ↑ New York Times—"'Confederate’ Inspires #NoConfederate" (July 31, 2017)
- ↑ Vox—"Meet the activist who wants to stop HBO's Confederate from getting made" (August 4, 2017)
- ↑ Vulture—"The Producers of HBO's Confederate Respond to the Backlash and Explain Why They Wanted to Tell This Story" (July 20, 2017)
- ↑ Vanity Fair—"HBO Has Some Confederate Regrets" (July 26, 2017)