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HBO’s Game of Thrones creators’ new controversial series

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the master minds behind the ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO series are in the process of creating a new drama series named ‘Confederate.’ Due to the sensitive topic that ‘Confederate’ will address, as issued by a press release, there has been a great deal of controversy associated with the show expected to come out shortly after the finale of ‘Game of Thrones.’ Despite the criticism, HBO’s Casey Bloys backed the show during a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the press release, ‘Confederate’ will be a slave drama set in an “alternate timeline” and will show the “events leading up to the Third American Civil War.” In this alternate timeline, the Southern states have accomplished secession from the Union; therefore, slavery is permitted in a modern institution.

Though Bloys admitted that he should’ve introduced the show more effectively than a press release given the sensitivity of the topic, he defended HBO’s decision to move the show forward at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

“We assumed it’d be controversial. I think we could have done a better job with the press rollout”, he said. “What we realized in retrospect is people don’t have the benefit of having the context of the conversations with the producers that we had.”

Additionally, he noted that if he could do this all over again he would. But, this criticism wont cease production.

“The bet for us is on our talent … that they’re going to be the difference,” Bloys stated. “We’re going to stand behind them. The hope is that [viewers] judge the actual material versus what it might be. We will rise or fall based on quality of the material.”

Thus, the show must go on regardless of the criticism. ‘Confederate’ will air after the completion of the ‘Game of Thrones’ series.

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