Is The Controversial “Game of Thrones” Follow-Up “Confederate” Cancelled?

Matthew Loffhagen
Entertainment Weekly
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There’s some confusion at the moment about what’s happening next with “Confederate”, the controversial show that the creators of “Game of Thrones” were planning to make after they wrap up their adventures in Westeros.

David Benioff and DB Weiss announced “Confederate” last year. The show would be similar to “The Man in the High Castle”, as it would focus on an alternate history in which a crucial war ended up with a different resolution.

In the case of “Confederate”, the American Civil War would have ended with the Southern States seceding from the Union, forming their own country. The point of the show would have been exploring what would have happened next.

Game of Thrones Tormund
Source: HBO

People were not thrilled by this idea. Many feel that now is an inappropriate time to explore these themes, with tension over Confederate iconography reaching fever pitch. This story hits a little too close to home for many people on both sides of ongoing arguments, and as such, trivializing this topic with such a show hasn’t proven to be a popular move.

For a while now, Benioff and Weiss have been somewhat quiet about the future of the show, and as the pair sign on to create their own trilogy of “Star Wars” movies, it seems that “Confederate” may have been quietly cancelled, if not indefinitely postponed.

In an official statement about their new “Star Wars” project, the pair stated:

“We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete.”

This time period, immediately after the end of “Game of Thrones”, was previously the point when Weiss and Benioff were planning to start on “Confederate”, so it seems that plans have changed somewhat.

Captain Phasma in Fire
Source: Lucasfilm

Similarly, when asked about the show a month ago (before the announcement of the new “Star Wars” trilogy), HBO president Casey Bloys was already apprehensive about the possibility of “Confederate” becoming a reality:

“Dave and David are in production on ‘Game of Thrones’, they are still talking (about ‘Confederate’) but it’s going to be a year, year and a half before there is anything. They have to finish ‘GOT’.”

From the sounds of things, the pair haven’t really been putting much thought into “Confederate” since the initial announcement was met with a negative response, and as such, it’s logical that if a better offer for a more sure-fire hit came along the pair would jump ship and ditch their controversial earlier idea.

Even if “Confederate” does eventually happen, Benioff and Weiss won’t have time to work on it at any point in the next ten years. It’s probably best to assume that this show is dead in the water.

Considering how much people were opposed to the idea of the show in general, that’s probably for the best.