While we still have two seasons left of “Game of Thrones” and season 7 just premiered on Sunday, its showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have announced this afternoon that they will run a new HBO series after “Game of Thrones” finishes. The new series “Confederate” is a historical drama set in an alternate timeline of the Civil War where the South successfully seceded from the Union.
Here is the official summary from HBO’s press release:
“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.”
Benioff and Weiss will write the show. Executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman from “The Good Wife,” Malcolm Spellman from “Empire,” and Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield from “Game of Thrones” will serve as EPs for the show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Benioff and Weiss said in their joint statement that “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.”
Production of “Confederate” will not begin until the end of “Game of Thrones,” which could be either late 2018 or 2019. Benioff and Weiss will not have any involvement in the “Game of Thrones” spinoffs at HBO.