Have The “Game of Thrones” Showrunners Killed their Controversial “Confederate” TV Show?

Matthew Loffhagen
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Is “Confederate” no more?

Mere months after initially announcing the show, it seems that David Benioff and DB Weiss have hit some turbulence, and are now apparently not focusing hugely on developing the project further.

According to The Washington Post:

“Though the show is still in development, the creators are not actively working on it, a person familiar with the process said.”

This makes an awful lot of sense – Benioff and Weiss have gone strangely quiet about “Confederate” since its initial announcement.

It’s almost as if the show’s premise; a world in which the Confederacy won the Civil War and slavery is still legal in parts of the former United States; caused so much outrage that HBO quietly killed their plans.

Now doesn’t feel like quite the right time for a show of this nature – or, alternatively, it could be said that the premise is a little too perfect for the current political climate.

Sure, there’d be fans of a show that puts the Confederacy front and center, but it’s hard to imagine anyone really liking it. Confederate supporters would no doubt be unimpressed by a show that presents their faction in even the slightest negative light, while opponents wouldn’t be impressed by a show that gives yet more attention to a politically incorrect vocal minority.

Man in the High Castle
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Still, that said, “The Man in the High Castle” has proven a success, and it revolves around almost exactly the same premise. The World War II version of the alternate history premise had the good fortune of appearing before a genuine Nazi uprising, so presumably the show wouldn’t do too well if it were brand new now.

Either way, it looks awfully like “Confederate” has been put on ice indefinitely at the moment. Considering the storm of angry comments that accompanied its announcement, it’s entirely possible that Benioff and Weiss are going to leave the idea alone, and will instead work on a new show to replace “Game of Thrones” once it concludes after its eighth season.