"Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are excited about their next big project with HBO. However, the new alternate history drama is drawing mixed reactions from many critics.

The new HBO history drama series

HBO ordered an alternate Civil War drama from "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, CNN reported. The announcement made on Wednesday was met with backlash, prompting critics to express mixed opinions about the project. On social media, dire comments were directed towards the concept, which seemed a sensitive topic to many.

The next HBO drama series will revolve around the events leading to the third American Civil War.

Confederate will show how slavery was legalized, later on evolving into a modern institution. It will follow a reality where the southern states successfully withdrew their alliance from the Union as the network’s official description says. In a nutshell, "Confederate" narrates the chronicles of freedom fighters and abolitionists to slave hunters and politicians leading to the third civil war of the country.

While HBO did not provide further information other than what was mentioned, the network did not disclose how David Benioff and Dan Weiss will approach the series. The showrunners will team up once more after the blockbuster fantasy drama series "Game of Thrones." Both Benioff and Weiss wrote the story according to Deadline.

'Confederate' receives negative reactions

After HBO’s announcement of "Confederate¸" many expressed their ire on social media. Almost immediately, people began pointing out the dangerous nature of the concept taking into account the divisions that are already found in American politics.

Some people pointed out the similarities between the recently canceled WGN’s "Underground," which revolved around the key figures in the Underground Railroad.

Others drew similarities to a 2004 mockumentary called "CSA: The Confederate State," which depicts a world where the Western Hemisphere is called the Confederate States of America. People were quick to point out that a show like "Underground" got cancelled while "Confederate" gets produced.

However, the idea of David Benioff and Dan Weiss teaming up again, armed with a stimulating premise is just too much to write off.

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