Creators of new HBO series address fears it glorifies racism


July 22, 2017
FILE - In this September 2015 photo, creator-showrunners David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for "Game Of Thrones" at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.


No scripts have been written, not even an outline.

But HBO's announcement on Wednesday that the creator-showrunners of Game of Thrones will follow up that massive hit with an HBO series in which slavery remains legal in the modern-day South drew fire on social media from those who fear that telling that story will glorify racism.

The series, Confederate, will take place in an alternate timeline where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union and formed a nation in which legalised slavery has evolved into a modern institution.

The story follows "a broad swathe of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone," HBO said. "Freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slaveholding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall."

It is not expected to start production for at least a year.