'Who Fears Death' Could Be HBO's New 'Game Of Thrones'
Game of Thrones fans don't like to admit that winter isn't coming.
The end of the series is near, but a new HBO show, based on the award-winning novel Who Fears Death, will comfort all of those looking to satisfy their post-GOT void. Even better? George R.R. Martin is in the hot seat once again as the new show's executive producer.
Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor took to Facebook to make a big announcement about the TV adaptation about her first adult novel, Who Fears Death, and it'll certainly hook fantasy fans.
According to the post, she wrote,
I'm finally free to announce this: My World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death has been optioned by HBO and is now in early development as a TV series with George R. R. Martin as executive producer. Note: This did not happen overnight. It's been nearly 4 years coming.
Though Game of Thrones has been a explosive asset to the fantasy genre, Who Fears Death will be a win for diversity, as the show will focus on an African setting and themes. Game of Thrones (and the fantasy/sci-fi genre in general) have been criticized for being overwhelmingly white.
The novel, and in turn the show, is set in a post-apocalyptic Sudan facing a civil war and its main character, Onyesonwu, is a strong female lead with magical powers who must overcome the horrors she faces in society.
Though Who Fears Death has been cause for excitement, another HBO project was most certainly not met with the same enthusiasm.
The network recently announced that GoT showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be part of a new project called Confederate, which focuses on an alternate universe where the Confederacy successfully seceded in the 1800s and slavery still exists.
Needless to say, people on Twitter were not having it.
Benioff and Weiss did address the controversy behind the possible new show, but it seems that Who Fears Death is a direction more viewers feel comfortable with.
Take a look at the positive praise on Twitter.
We are pumped, HBO.