Maybe modern-day slavery wasn’t the best theme for HBO’s new series

On Wednesday, HBO announced that the Game of Thrones creators and showrunners would be returning to the network following the series finale.

While the news might have excited fans of the series, the new project, based in an alternate timeline in which modern-day slavery is practiced under a successfully succeeded Confederacy, received less-then-positive reactions.

According to HBO’s press release, the series, titled Confederate, follows events leading up to the “Third American Civil War” and include “freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall” as they, you know, navigate the politics of modernized slavery.

The comments on HBO’s Medium post, while few, all resonate a literal, “don’t do this,” echoing the general reaction from other internet critics. Many completely disagreed with the network re-imagining a world in which the South fulfilled on their promise to “rise again,” particularly at a moment in the United States when discussions involving race and reparations still devolve to retorts like, “Go back to Africa.”

Some used HBO’s announcement to pitch their own series “involving” slavery.

Others, like writer Nicole Silverberg, shared their thoughts on how they anticipate the slavery-rooted series to play out: two hot white guys ignoring the realities of the prison industrial complex while trying to explain how slavery is all about economics.

Some, however, pushed for HBO to drop the slavery revisionism and pick up Underground instead, a critically-acclaimed WGN America series about the Underground Railroad that was canceled after two seasons.

Perhaps the Game of Thrones team will take some of this criticism to heart before beginning production begins.

The Daily Dot has reached out to a representative from HBO for comment.

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.