There’s no rest for the wicked, and none for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, showrunners of Game of Thrones since the show’s inception. For fans who thought the two busy executive producers (who also write many of GoT‘s episodes) would take a break after the show ends after eight seasons, think again! HBO announced today that Benioff and Weiss have created and will be running a new show for the network called Confederate. As on Game of Thrones, they’ll take on writing duties.
I’ll spare you a few worries- HBO confirms that production on Confederate won’t begin until after the final season of Game of Thrones, so D&D won’t be dividing their time.
So, what is the new show about? I’ll let HBO explain:
The series 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.
“We have discussed Confederate for years, originally as a concept for a feature film,” explains 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.”
Joining them on their new enterprise as executive producers and writers for Confederate are Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire, the forthcoming Foxy Brown). Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield (familiar names to Game of Thrones fans) will serve as executive producers.
What say you, Thrones fans? Will you be following Benioff and Weiss to their new series?