D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the show-runners for HBO’s Game of Thrones, recently announced their next co-venture: they’re creating an alternate-history show that imagines what the world would be like if — wait for it — the South had won the Civil War.
This idea has a lot of people fired up, for reasons maybe best expressed in this tweet:
HBO exec: ok pitch the show in one sentence
GOT showrunners: a white supremacist's wet dream
HBO exec:………i love it
— glock🙆🏻♂️ (@Glock__Lesnar) July 19, 2017
But just in case the show doesn’t go through, Weiss and Benioff have lots of other alternate-history shows in the docket. Shows like …
SUFFRAGETTE. Takes place in a world where women never got the right to vote, and while it is definitely BAD, also the lines are shorter on voting day, so … a lot to think about
ADAM AND STEVE. Boldly — and, this can’t be said enough, offensively — reimagines what the last two years would have been like if SCOTUS hadn’t ruled that same-sex marriage was legal across the land.
PASTEUR. A dystopian hellscape alt-history where Louis Pasteur never cleaned up milk.
EIGHT TRACK. A horror film more than anything, the twisted minds of Weiss and Benioff imagine a world where cassette tapes never eclipsed the eight-track and they just skipped right to CDs I guess.
REMEMBER DANNY FROM DOWN THE STREET. Why didn’t you ever go out with that nice boy Danny, I hear he has his own law practice now. (An alt-documentary narrated by your mother).
CONFEDERATE II: Did you know that the Irish were slaves too? In Confederate II, Weiss and Benioff imagine what the United States would be like if the IRISH were still slaves. WHOA.