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The Culture Current: “Game Of Thrones” Creators Plan Alternate-History “Confederate” Series

Posted: July 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm   /   by

Game Of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on television right now.  It’s HBO’s current raging juggernaut, filled with dynamic characters and epic intrigue-filled storytelling.  And it’s even found itself analyzed politically—different houses representing different ideologies on the Left-Right spectrum.  For the record, Lefties seem to think the bad-guy houses are Republicans because, well—they’re rich.  (Um…hello?  Soros?  Clintons?  Wall Street?)

Not surprisingly, the Conservative analysis of the show on the Daily Wire is much more convincing, looking at each house’s ideologies, methodologies, and so forth.

Speaking of Daily Wire, they’ve posted a most…interesting take on the Game Of Thrones theme with Ben Shapiro (“THUG LIFE™!”) playing the music, Andrew Klavan chopping up a CNN logo with Excalibur, and Michael Knowles, uh…your guess is as good as mine.  There’s a puppy-dog with dragon wings.  And it ends with Ben dressed like a character named John Snow.  As someone who’s never watched an episode, I…believe he’s the main hero?  Someone confirm or correct in the comments section, perhaps….

But I digress.  The point is, the buzz deems the show supremely awesome (first-season nudity notwithstanding—apparently that’s the modus operandi of HBO, or something).  But the author of the original books basically finished the story, or at least so we’ve heard.  And there are therefore only a couple of seasons left to go.

Sothe show-runners have already planned their next project: Confederate.  It’s an alternate-history show, set in a parallel modern-day America, except…the South won the Civil War, and the Mason-Dixon Line is now a demilitarized zone between the Union and the Confederacy.  Slavery still exists, and there will be abolitionists, slave-hunters, and slave-holding corporations…somehow.

To be sure, there aren’t many details—just the pitch synopsis.  But it’s caused no small controversy—on both the Left and the Right.

Well, the beef on the Left (well, Far Left, to be fair) is predictably…dumb, of the SJW variety.  Namely: the show-runners are white, so how dare they do a show about slavery?!

Yep.

The Right’s concerns are more nuanced—tempered with the knowledge that we just don’t know that much about the series.

And yet

Just recently, a series called The Handmaid’s Tale came out, showing a world where women are second-class citizens.  The Left predictably sank their teeth into it, going on about how it’s a “parable” about the sexism of Donald Trump, or…something.

Never mind how the status of women seen in the show more-or-less actually exists in…the Islamist countries in the Middle East.  Not that you’d hear it from the pseudo-feminist Steinem-Wolfe matriarchy.  As the great George Carlin said, “Most of these feminists are white (upper-) middle-class women who don’t give a (bleep) about black women’s problems—they don’t give a (bleep) about Hispanic women’s problems.  [Were he still alive, he’d probably have added a line about Arabic women’s problems.]  All they care about are their own ‘reproductive freedoms’, and their pocketbooks.”

Anyways, you can pretty much guarantee, when Confederate comes out, we’re going to get a bunch of BLM nonsense about “an allegory about modern-day slavery”, or…something.

Also, as Rush pointed out last week, it’s quite telling how the synopsis mentions corporations that own slaves.  And further, noted The Godfather, one wonders if the show’s going to be honest about the Democrats being the party of slaves, and the Republicans the party of emancipation.  Or will they just do the old long-refuted nonsense about the “Southern Strategy” and the “Great Political Switch”?

One wonders.  Regardless, a lot of folks on our side are bracing ourselves for yet another great big smear against Southerners.

All right, my thoughts: Not too long ago, The Man In The High Castle began—a series about an alternate history where the bad guys won WWII, and America finds itself split between the Nazis and the Japanese Empire.  Assuming Confederate is just continuing that grand tradition of admittedly quite interesting “alternate-timeline” premises, I just have one thing to ask:

Would it be too much to ask for a series about a timeline where, say, the Soviets have won the Cold War, and Communism rules the world?  For goodness sake, it’s not as if we’re still in the Obama era where the Left is sticking up for Russia.

Or is the Left too afraid to take a hard look at the ideology of the USSR—the ideology they keep making excuses for, to this very day?

(Curious how none of these folks have ever actually given us a fictional universe depicting what a Socialist utopia would actually look like.  Surely it’s not that hard—right?!)

I just mean…shoot, if we’re doing these kinds of stories for the intriguing High Concept and entertainment value…surely “the Reds have taken over” is every bit as compelling as “the Nazis have taken over”.

I dare Hollywood to actually give the concept a shot.  Assuming, of course, it wouldn’t get resistance from the friends of the late and decidedly unlamented Hugo Chavez.

But really, folks: Were Tinseltown to give my idea a fair chance…I’m pretty sure we’d be willing to give Confederate a fair chance.  After all, the Hollywood establishment is just in it for the money…right?

 

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Eric Blake

Eric Blake

Team Writer at Western Free Press
Eric M. Blake is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Film Studies.  As that implies, he is very passionate about political theory and filmmaking--and the connections between the two.  Inspired by Andrew Breitbart's axiom that "Politics is downstream from culture", he is deeply fascinated by the great influence that popular culture has on public opinion, and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling.  He proudly owns his second copy of Ben Shapiro's Primetime Propaganda...his first copy having been worn out though intense re-reading.

Eric was raised by Conservative Christian parents, but first became especially passionate about politics in high school, through reading up on economic theory.  He also first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged around this time, for the ARI's essay contests.  He now owns a great deal of Ayn Rand's work.  Also included in his library are the collected works of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, etc.

Eric is no stranger to writing commentary, as the writer of the Conservative Considerations column on CampCampaign.com, and as a film critic and commentator on FlickRev.com.  He has also carried on the Conservative tradition of talk radio commentary, as the host of "Avengers of America" for the USF student radio station, Bulls Radio.  In the meantime, he is practicing what he preaches: Striving to enter the professional realm of Hollywood, he has already written and directed short films for the Campus MovieFest, which can be found on his YouTube channel, Hard Boiled Entertainment.
Eric Blake

The Culture Current: “Game Of Thrones” Creators Plan Alternate-History “Confederate” Series