HBO has had a lot of success with its original programming. In fact, many of its shows, like The Wire, were praised for being ahead of their time. But it looks like they’ve made quite a misstep this time.
It was announced in July that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the network’s current mega hit, Game of Thrones, were developing a new series. Here’s what Confederate is all about, and everything you need to know in regards to the negativity surrounding it.
According to a press release from HBO, the series takes place in an alternate present day U.S. where slavery is alive and well. As the synopsis reads:
Confederate chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.