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Outlander fans will know the dramatic fifth season kept viewers guessing. This was especially the case after a number of elements were changed from the novels or even brought forward in the latest outing. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, author Diana Gabaldon revealed what she thinks of these changes.
Fans were gripped by the dramatic season five of Outlander which saw more danger come to Fraser’s Ridge.
This included Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) dealing with huge personal trauma while Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) was drawn into cahoots with the Redcoats.
However, alongside the main drama, many fans were left shocked by some big changes from the novels the show was based on.
This included Stephen Bonnet’s (Ed Speleers) kidnapping of Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and his eventual murder, which occured in the sixth book in Gabaldon’s series rather than the fifth novel The Fiery Cross.
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As well as this, the storyline of Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix) was continued until season five when he was killed in a heartbreaking twist.
However, in the book series this happened much earlier at the battle of Culloden.
Given the huge changes the television series has made to the events in Gabaldon’s acclaimed book series, some fans might be curious to know what she thinks of the alterations.
In a recent interview with Express.co.uk, Gabaldon revealed she understood why they had to change so much.
When asked if there were any moments from the books she wished she had seen on screen, Gabaldon replied: “Oh yes, there’s always lots of those.
“But you know, they have very limited time compared to what I have with the books. They can basically use about 10 percent of any given book.
“I think they’ve done really a very good job overall of picking and choosing what things they can use and you know squeezing in bits and details and small scenes from other parts of the story.
“They can accumulate that and keep that even if it’s not quite at the same conjunction that it was in the original.”
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Gabaldon is also involved in the series as a consultant which means she sees the scripts ahead of time.
And speaking about the changes made in season five specifically, she revealed how she thought the writers had adapted her work well.
She added: “It’s a very good season and they’ve done a really good job of using material principally from the book.
“They’ve made changes, they’ve inserted things which they have to do to keep it a coherent narrative.
“And you know some of their insertions work brilliantly and some of them not quite that good.
“But overall it’s quite a good job I think and as I say they did keep a very large proportion of the original source material.”
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One scene in particular which she enjoyed in the fifth season was Jamie’s conflict over putting on a red coat in order to fight with the British.
Despite this moment not being in her book, it presented Jamie’s internal struggle really well.
Gabaldon explained: “I think the show makers made a very good decision.
“It crystallises this conflict that Jamie has. He’s come to this needlepoint between the two sides and he has to make a decision about what’s he going to do.”
Outlander season 5 is available to stream in full on Amazon’s Prime Video now.
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