Outlander Season 7: Diana Gabaldon & Maril Davis Discuss Mid-Season Finale and Tease ‘Explosive’ Second Part!

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La stagione 7 di Outlander ha trasmesso venerdì il suo finale di metà stagione, che porta la serie in un nuovo Droughtlander, dato che la seconda metà degli episodi della stagione non andrà in onda fino al 2024. Ma il finale è stato un ottimo modo per iniziare la pausa, in quanto ricco di storie.

Outlander season 7 aired its midseason finale on Friday, which takes the series into a new Droughtlander as the second half of the season’s episodes won’t air until 2024. But the finale was one that was a great way to start the break as it was jampacked with story.

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Outlander Season 7 Episode 8 “Turning Points.”]

La stagione 7 di Outlander ha trasmesso venerdì il suo finale di metà stagione, che porta la serie in un nuovo Droughtlander, dato che la seconda metà degli episodi della stagione non andrà in onda fino al 2024. Ma il finale è stato un ottimo modo per iniziare la pausa, in quanto ricco di storie.
Outlander Season 7: Diana Gabaldon & Maril Davis Discuss Mid-Season Finale and Tease ‘Explosive’ Second Part!

It gave us hope for what lies ahead for Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitríona Balfe) in Scotland—as they avoid the American Revolutionary War, but also left us with a cliffhanger as to what’s happening with Jemmy (Blake Johnston-Miller) and Rob Cameron (Chris Fulton) and whether Roger (Richard Rankin) and Buck (Dairmaid Murtagh) will find them now that they’ve gone back through the stones in search of Roger’s son.

“I thought [the season] was amazingly successful at taking an immense amount of material, distilling it into vivid strands and weaving them into a mostly coherent and very absorbing story,” New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon tells Parade in this exclusive interview. “While it necessarily had to abbreviate and condense—and in some cases simplify or omit complex incidents and plotlines–they mostly refrained from making up extraneous things that weren’t in the books, while including an immense amount of the original dialogue and incidents. I really appreciated that.”

La stagione 7 di Outlander ha trasmesso venerdì il suo finale di metà stagione, che porta la serie in un nuovo Droughtlander, dato che la seconda metà degli episodi della stagione non andrà in onda fino al 2024. Ma il finale è stato un ottimo modo per iniziare la pausa, in quanto ricco di storie.
Outlander Season 7: Diana Gabaldon & Maril Davis Discuss Mid-Season Finale and Tease ‘Explosive’ Second Part!
As did the fans. Even so, there were some tiny details that differed.

An instance is at Saratoga when Jamie is called to the British camp to attend his cousin General Simon Fraser (Angus MacFadyen) on his death bed, and he runs into William (Charles Vandervaart). When Jamie presented William with his hat to replace the one he shot off of William’s head, he didn’t look at him so there would be no recognition as to their resemblance. But with Charles Vandervaart, who plays William, not resembling Sam as much as William resembled Jamie, they were able to interact.

“I thought they did a great job with the hat scene—an important one, and one the book readers will be thrilled with,” Gabaldon continues. “It does differ from the books in minor ways, but it’s basically a question of choreography. They needed to get Jamie and Claire to the British camp for Simon Fraser’s death, and then provide a plausibly seamless way for Jamie to see William, and impulsively give him the hat.”

Gabaldon also shared this fun note about that scene

“As an aside, watched the dailies for that scene, and there were four takes of Jamie walking away from William, with Claire following, asking him why he did that? Jamie replies that this was the second time in William’s life that he (Jamie) had come within an inch of shooting him, and what if he didn’t miss, a third time?

Then says, ‘I thought I must try to speak to him once, as a man…in case it was my only chance.’ This was really well done, and on the third take (the one they used), when Sam spoke the last line, the AD (Assistant Director) quietly said ‘cut’ and you could hear either the Director or AD (I couldn’t tell which) very quietly say, ‘Smashed it…smashed it.’ And he did.”

Outlander Season 7: Diana Gabaldon & Maril Davis Discuss Mid-Season Finale and Tease ‘Explosive’ Second Part!
A fun historical note was the inclusion of Benedict Arnold into the story. He does appear in Gabaldon’s books, but his role was slightly expanded for the TV series.

In fact, the series seems to imply that Claire has something to do with Benedict Arnold (Rod Hallett) becoming a traitor, but Gabaldon says that wasn’t her intention at all.

“The show did a good job of doing what I did intend in the book: showing Benedict Arnold as a real person, with personal charm, as well as deep concern for his men,” she says. “They did a good job of pinpointing the clash between Arnold and General Gates [Ged Simmons], and the wounded pride that was at the root of Arnold’s treason, briefly but effectively, with the conversation the injured general has with Claire.”

Note: Benedict Arnold and Claire’s original meeting and the conversation regarding cinchona bark, laudanum and Robert Browning is straight from the book. The bedside conversation with the wounded general isn’t.

Gabaldon continues, “I don’t think there’s any indication there that Claire’s validation of his feelings had any effect on what he later did, though; it’s just giving a clue as to why he did it. (Plus adding a footnote regarding overall doubt as to how history is affected by what seem to be small things—and the ongoing but brief speculation about whether time-travelers can or do affect history.)

“BTW, I absolutely LOVED both Rod Hallett (playing Benedict Arnold) and Barry O’Connor playing Daniel Morgan. Brief but really wonderful performances. The casting this season has been — as always! — impeccable.”

Outlander Season 7: Diana Gabaldon & Maril Davis Discuss Mid-Season Finale and Tease ‘Explosive’ Second Part!

And then we have the cliffhanger for the season with Roger and Buck heading into the past to rescue Jem. But it raises the question of whether Buck goes back with Roger because he’s hoping to return to his time — even though from what we know it isn’t likely because of his death date — or because he feels he owes Roger for getting him hung at the Battle of Alamance?

According to Gabaldon, it’s probably both, to some extent.

“His principal motive is empathy: he’s lost his own family [as a result of his time traveling], including his children,” she points out. “He urgently wants to help Roger and Bree [Sophie Skelton] get Jem back, because he knows how losing a child feels. Also (and we’ll learn more about this later), Roger’s family is Buck’s family, as well.”

When season 7 picks up in 2024 – those eight episodes have already been filmed, so hopefully, the strikes won’t affect that – we will follow Roger and Buck into the past to see if they can catch up with Rob and Jemmy. In an interview with TV Insider, executive producer Maril Davis teases what to expect when the second half of Season 7 returns in 2024.

Claire and Jamie Fraser (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) reached Scotland with Young Ian (John Bell).Will the homecoming be as happy as Jamie is anticipating?

Maril Davis: No. You know what they say: You can never go home again. When we come back, we will see that things have changed and surprises await. It’s a very bittersweet time. Jamie and Claire are never safe. Trouble finds the Frasers, and the back half [of the season] is insane. Once again, their worst fears are realized. Something happens that could tear them apart. I don’t know if Jamie and Claire can recover from it.

No matter what happens to the Frasers, Caitriona and Sam maintain that great chemistry.

They’ve remained steadfast friends throughout this whole thing. They don’t let a lot get between them. I’m sure they have their fights every once in a while, like we all do. But they’re so loyal to one another and have so much fun with each other. When they come on set and they’re working together and laughing, we’re all laughing. I’m thrilled that over these 10 years, they’re still as good friends as they were on day one. Sophie [Skelton] and Richard [Rankin], too, they right away got along so well. They are so fun together and apart. Their friendship has continued to grow, too, and they have such great chemistry on screen.

It was so heartbreaking to see Bree (Skelton) separated from Roger (Rankin) when he and Buck (Diarmaid Murtagh) went through the stones after Jem. Can you hint about what they might find?

They are not going to find what they thought they were going to find. Their relationship is like a buddy comedy. Roger and Buck are this unlikely duo, these opposites going on this journey together. It’s not a journey you want be on, looking for your lost son, but their relationship is beautiful, the way it grows. And Roger’s holding some secrets from Buck. He knows a lot more about Buck than he’s letting on. So that will come up.

Poor Bree is left behind in Scotland without Roger and Jem. What’s next for her?

I feel bad for Bree because obviously there’s nothing worse than not knowing. She has one of the toughest journeys in terms of reckoning with her imagination and what’s to come. Not only is her son gone, who knows where, but now her husband and Buck are gone. It’s almost easier to be on that journey, to be doing something, than sitting home and twiddling your thumbs. But she won’t be idle for long. Bree is what we call resourceful.

Is Ian’s love Rachel Hunter (Izzy Meikle-Small) safe from Arch Bug (Hugh Ross)?

There is a cloud over Ian’s shoulder. He’s found the love of his life, but he can’t really be with her because he knows if he is, she’s probably going to be killed by Arch. It’s heartbreaking. Ian’s struggling with that as he’s going to Scotland, but he’s left Rollo with her. You know it’s true love if you leave your most precious possession with someone. But Arch Bug, he has time. Murdina’s gone. He’s just going to wait it out until he accomplishes his last mission, and then he’s going to see Murdina again.

His last mission as in revenge on Ian. Sounds like we can expect an explosive episode when Season 7 returns.

Explosive is a good word. There’s a lot of ups and downs. There’s some rock star moves by some of our cast. Sophie has some really fun stuff to do. You won’t have to wait long to see Graham McTavish back [as Jamie’s Uncle Dougal MacKenzie] and Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan. Lord John [David Berry] has a very prominent role. We will also see more historical characters. The second half, if you can imagine, is even crazier than first.

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Chiara

Source: Parade / TV Insider

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