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GoT creators look to alternate U.S. Civil War

Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." Helen Sloan/HBO via AP

LOS ANGELES: The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has neither dragons nor an undead army of white walkers. HBO announced Wednesday that David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who adapted “Game of Thrones” from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, will write and direct original series “Confederate.”

The show has no connection to “Game of Thrones” and is not one of the potential prequels in development at the network. Neither are Benioff and Weiss connected to any of the prospective “GoT” prequels. “Confederate” is set in an alternative reality in a state where slavery is still legal and southern U.S. states have seceded. HBO said the series “chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War.”

The story will explore several perspectives from both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone, HBO said in a statement, including those of freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, journalists, liars, abolitionists and executives of a slave-holding conglomerate.

“Confederate” is a world away from the dragons, undead armies and magic in the medieval setting of “Game of Thrones,” where warring factions scheme and battle for control over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Benioff and Weiss said they had initially conceived “Confederate” as a feature film but their success with “Game of Thrones” had “convinced us that no one provides a bigger, better storytelling canvas than HBO.”

No further details are known about the new show. The announcement comes as Benioff and Weiss head into the final season of “Game of Thrones,” scheduled to conclude next year. GoT’s seventh season premiered Sunday with a record 16.1 million U.S. viewers, according to HBO.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 21, 2017, on page 12.

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