Game Of Thrones Creators Under Fire Over Slavery Sci-fi Series Plans

Confederate hasn’t even started filming yet but it’s already courting controversy.

Kit Harrington and Sean Bean in Game of Thrones.
Jon Snow and Ned Stark Will they feature in the Game of Thrones spin-offs? Image HBO

The creator’s of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones” are facing a backlash over controversial plans for their next project.

Dan Weiss and David Benioff, who made their names adapting the George R.R. Martin books for the small screen, will write and direct an original series called Confederate.

And while details remain scarce on the proposed project, the plans have already garnered some understandably negative responses from fans online.

Confederate is set to focus on an alternative reality where slavery is still legal and southern US states have seceded. The series will focus on the events leading up to the Third American Civil War.

Freedom fighters, slave hunters, journalists, abolitionists and politicians on both sides of the divide will be the focus of the series, which was initially conceived as a feature film.

However, the show may yet struggle to get off the ground if the negative responses to the plans begin to snowball.

The main issue appears to centre on the inclusion of slavery in the show, with some questioning why two white men felt the need to create such a programme which has been dubbed “slavery fan fiction” by some Twitter users.

As the HBO press release notes, the show will be set in “a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution” which sounds problematic, to say the least.

The series is also set to focus on “the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall” which could prove equally troubling.


Those defending Weiss and Benioff have pointed to the presence of two black writers on the Game of Thrones writing staff but, given the tricky subject matter and the fact the medieval fantasy drama is lacking some diversity, this story could run on for some time.

The Twitter controversy comes just days after fans flocked to the micro blogging site to voice their anger at the addition of Ed Sheeran to the show.

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