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Outlander Season 6: Diana Gabaldon Dishes on Her Favourite Moments And Tease What’s Next! – VIDEO INTERVIEW

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Now that Outlander Season 6 has wrapped its airing, it’s time to take stock of what was undoubtedly as eventful as it was internalised and character-driven, and what better way to do that than with the author of the novels on which the series is based, Diana Gabaldon?

The author, who also serves as a consultant in the production of the STARZ series, explained her favourite parts of the season. Her thoughts on some iconic choices for book readers within the season. And some small but valuable hints at what’s coming on the upcoming season 7.

Speaking about the adaptation of her sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Diana compliments the writers on the great job they did on Outlander Season 6, which she describes as her favourite season since Season 1.

The author couldn’t be happier that the season is sticking so closely to the books, “which is always a good thing from my point of view,” Gabaldon adds, “and for the readers too, thankfully.”

“They did a very nice job. A lot of the dialogues is from the book, as are a lot of the plotlines. You know, it’s a tightly-proded peice of film, as they had to do everything in 8 episodes instead of 12. They were able to pull things together more tightly. And it’s also very intense all over through. So yes, I liked it a lot!”

Diana Gabaldon on the work the writers have done with the show
Her favourite episode is the season finale, 608 I Am Not Alone. But there are also a few other episodes that she thinks were beautifully done.

Such as the episode focused on Ian and his backstory with the Mohawks, the episodes focusing on Fergus and Marsali, “and it was good to see Lauren and Cesar finally getting their chance to show off”.

The author can’t say she’s surprised, but rather happy that they were able to make room for them. Especially considering the limited time they had with only eight episodes in the season – “which is also one of the reasons they stuck to the books so much. They didn’t have time to think up things on their own,” Gabaldon adds jokingly.

Of course, as the author points out, there are always scenes that she would have liked them to include in the series, because there isn’t enough room for everything. On the other hand, considering the small number of episodes, there were some elements that the author wasn’t sure they would be able to include. First of all, the flashbacks to Young Ian’s Indian past.

“I knew they would want to include some flashbacks at some point with Ian and the Mohawks and explain in some way what had happened to his wife. But, you know, considering the few episodes, I wasn’t sure if they were going to be able to do that, but they adapted it pretty well. You know with Jamie as an agent for the Indians and the connection with Ian and his feelings towards the Indians about Jamie deciding, you know, to give him the guns.”

One of the hot issues of the season, which Diana Gabaldon already covered in an interview with The Dipp at the start of Outlander 6’s airing, concerns Claire’s use of ether.

Although it’s a bold narrative choice, the author approves of it and sees it as a successful operation considering how the series has made the attack by the Browns much worse than it was in the books.

“They made a nice shorthand to show her increasing difficulties and so forth,” says Diana. “And then of course the whole thing came out in this beautiful cathartic scene that was in episode 607. That one was very good because, you know, they had sown the seeds in 601 when Jamie is driving her to the home visit [to Marsali and Fergus’ house] and he’s sort of asking ‘are you okay?’ and Claire responds ‘Yeah, yeah, I’m perfectly fine’ […]”

Another big focus of the season, which the author loved, is the story featuring the Christie family.

If there’s anything that won Diana Gabaldon over in this season 6, it’s the performance of Mark Lewis Jones, Jessica Reynolds and Alexander Vlahos as Tom, Malva and Allan Christie.

I thought they were fabulous, all of them. They’re so good at giving this slight air of creepiness and you don’t really know what’s going on until suddenly you do. But they did a great job with that flashback at the beginning that allowed them to portray and show the beginning of Tom Christie’s relationship with Jamie and why he came to the Ridge. He probably would have preferred to go elsewhere, but he had no choice. Suddenly he ends up in this place. It’s just these people and he obviously didn’t get on with Jamie because of their differences about, you know, politics and religion and so forth.

Diana Gabaldon on the Christies

Asked what it was about their performance that she liked best, Diana said:

  • The coolness and rationality of Mark Lewis Jones’ Tom Christie.
  • Malva’s ability to go from looking like the nicest girl in town to embodying the devil himself.
  • The naturalness of Allan’s reaction when Claire approaches Malva’s dead baby’s coffin.
Another performance that Gabaldon really loved in Season 6 was that of Cesar and Lauren, particularly in episodes 602 and 603.

Lovingly referred to by us as ‘Marsali and Fergus’s swan song’, the episodes focusing on Fergus’s psychological torment and the breakdown in his marriage to Marsali were among the best of season six and a favourite of Diana Gabaldon, who compliments actors Lauren Lyle and Cesar Domboy on both a professional and personal level.

“Oh, they were perfect. Really perfect. And it was really nice to see [Lauren Lyle and Cesar Domboy] finally get enough space to tell their stories and everything, you know. They’re really nice people – I really like both of them and I’m glad they’re moving on to bigger and better things in their careers, where they find more starring roles […] [Lauren and Cesar] really did a wonderful job, you know, you can really see how their marriage works, despite their pasts to each other, you know, they work really well together.”

Diana Gabaldon on Lauren Lyle and Cesar Domboy’s work on Outlander Season 6
Many fans were a bit shocked, but also in a good way, that Ian told Marsali about his baby, instead of telling Brianna as he does in the books.

On that note, Diana points out that in fact, compared to the series, Brianna and Ian have “a much closer relationship” in the books. “At that point he’s the closest thing to a brother she’s ever had, and you know, they’re both Jamie’s children in some way,” Gabaldon adds.

But that emotional closeness the two have hasn’t disappeared in the series, there’s just not enough space to show it in its entirety. “They were telling Roger and Brianna’s story and all that emotional closeness with Bree, it had to be with Roger at that point. At the same time they wanted to tell Ian’s story with the Mohawks and it wouldn’t have been so good to put that aside to bring them closer,” explains the author.

Lizzie and the Beardsley twins’ big storyline, which is another fan-favourite plotline from the book that was finally adapted on screen this season. Here’s what Diana Gabaldon thinks about it!

I really liked the way they handled the Beardsley three-way marriage. It was very close to the book, including a lot of the original dialogue, and I thought Caitlin and Paul did a wonderful job (Paul is great at implying small differences between the twins ). That storyline gives a lighter feel and a welcome distraction from the darker things that are happening in that episode.

Diana Gabaldon on Lizzie and the Beardsley twins’ storyline
What can Diana Gabaldon tell us about Season 7?
  • We will learn more about Tom Christie’s late marriage.
  • We’ll be shown why Allan reacted so strongly to Malva’s funeral.
  • Part of the episode she wrote, which should have been episode 609, was adapted into the Season 7 premiere. In its original form, the episode was pretty much taken from the books. It saw the combination of two or three different plotlines from the book.
  • Although Diana isn’t allowed to say much about William’s casting, she reassures fans that our hopes will certainly not be disappointed. The production has done a great job as always with the casting, according to Diana.
Diana says there is a constant communication between her and the writers of the show.

The production team constantly shows her the scripts of what they are going to do in the series and she points out if she sees something that catches her eye, like mistakes or things that could be handled, from her point of view, differently.

“At time they listen to me and at times they don’t,” says Gabaldon with a smile. “Sometimes I’ve had them notice something [in the scripts] and then I’ll tell them ‘You know you could add a line here that says this and it would help accomplish this particular goal’. Or I notice that maybe I’ voiced that particular little speech and then it hasn’t been included in the daily clips. So I ask ‘are you going to use it somewhere else or are you going to pull it back in?’ and they often do, especially if it’s something small, but you know it’s not something they can do all the time. There’s not room for everything.

She adds then: “There is this kind of communication between us. I point things out to them and they listen, they take it into account. They don’t always get to do what I want, or they don’t always agree with me. But they always listen and that means we’ll keep talking about it.”

For the full interview with Diana Gabaldon, check out the video on the top of the article!

Go Tell The Bees That I Amo Gone is available on Amazon or other book shops. If you haven’t watched Outlander Season 6 yet, you can find the whole season on STARZ and STAZRPLAY.

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Chiara

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When Cristina Yang’s mankind hate, and Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills meet Randall Pearson’s anxiety and Jamie Fraser’s multilingualism (featuring Claire Fraser’s curls and Kate Pearson’s voice).
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3 Comments

  1. Eileen says:

    Wonderful conversation with you and Diana.
    It is easy to see you are a fan of both the books and the show also.

    1. Chiara Lombatti says:

      Thank you very much Eileen! I am, and it’s really hard to keep calm when talking to HERSELF haha Anyway I’m happy you enjoyed my interview!

  2. Elena Latici says:

    I was in the middle of writing a comment when my horrible Oppo phone took me off the site and my comment disappeared.
    The plethora of complaints about Claire’s use of ether to escape from terrifying panic attacks caused by PTSD was baffling to me. Claire in the 18th Century used whatever she could to get 20th Century results. Of course she would have used ether. It’s not as if Xanax was available. Logic tells me that that those complaints came from people who’ve never experienced the terror of panic attacks or the sense of descending into the hell of madness that major depression brings.All I can say can say is lucky them. As thee daughter of an anesthetist who began practicing in 1945, I found Claire’s use of ether brilliant.

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