US-ENTERTAINMENT-TELEVISION-EMMYS-SHOWLife will go on after "Game of Thrones" -- maybe not in Westeros, but at least on HBO.

The premium network is looking ahead and announced Wednesday that it has tapped "GoT" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for a new series called "Confederate." The news came from Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, who suggested the project will be "unique and ambitious."

With "Confederate," Benioff and Weiss will explore an alternate timeline in which the South seceded from the Union and still has legal slavery. Political tensions also remain, and a third American Civil War is forthcoming. That sounds like we'll get more of the scheming and strategizing we love in the great game of "Game of Thrones."

"There won't be dragons or White Walkers in this series, but we are creating a world," Benioff and Weiss said in a statement, pointing to another similarity.

On top of that, we also expect "Confederate" to be similarly controversial; the subject matter alone is bound to strike a lot of nerves, to say nothing of the violence and nudity we've come to expect from the duo.

"Confederate" production will begin sometime after the final season of "Game of Thrones," which might not be until 2019. Benioff and Weiss will serve as showrunners as well as serve as executive producers and writers with Nichelle Tramble Spellman ("The Good Wife") and Malcolm Spellman ("Empire"). "Game of Thrones" vets Carolyn Strauss and Bernadette Caulfield will also executive produce.

For now, we'll enjoy "Game of Thrones" Season 7, but it's nice to know HBO is preparing for the end.

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