Fans of Outlander may be in the middle of the season four/season five Droughtlander, but it is reassuring to know that the season that will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross is in the works.
Parade.com exclusively spoke to executive producer Maril Davis at the Starz’s FYC event in Century City, Calif., which included appearances by Sam Heughan (Jamie), Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sophie Skelton (Brianna), Richard Rankin (Roger), executive producer/writer Toni Graphia and production designer Jon Gary Steele, who all took a break from filming to attend the event.
“Honestly, every year I say the same thing,” Davis said when asked the challenges of producing season five. “Every year we think, ‘Oh, this isn’t going to be that big of a year. It’ll be like Little House on the Prairie; it will be smaller,’ and every year we’re wrong. It’s just as big, if not bigger. The challenge for this year is dealing with the big house. Certainly, trying to figure out once again, how to do North Carolina in Scotland, which is always a little bit of a challenge. It’s just also dealing with a book in which there’s a lot of separate incidences and trying to craft that story to make a whole.”
Of course, a big consideration for the producers and writers is how to winnow down the content of the book into just the 12 episodes they have for season five. Especially because the last scene in season four, where Jamie’s charged with tracking down Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), his godfather and a member of the Regulators, is something that was not in the book at all and takes time away from Diana’s story.
“Obviously, keeping Murtagh alive was a choice that we made that has repercussions in terms of he has a story that he wouldn’t have had if he had died at Culloden,” Davis adds. “But we think the story is really interesting, and we are going to play it out and see. We hope that we still get in the fan-favorite moments, and still have those Jamie and Claire connections and those intimate moments that people are looking for.”
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