Is the Droughtlander getting you down, Sassenachs?
Never fear! In addition to this week’s exciting news that production has commenced on Outlander season 5 in Scotland, EW also has an exclusive peek behind-the-scenes for you with the first look at the cover for the new book The Making of Outlander: The Official Guide to Season Four. Entertainment journalist and author of numerous television companion books Tara Bennett penned the new book, which hits shelves Oct. 15.
The book is jam-packed with behind-the-scenes photos and making-of stories that will give even the most devoted Outlander fans unprecedented access into just how the world of Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and the rest of the extended Fraser clan family and friends make their way to the screen. The cover features a beautiful still of everyone’s favorite couple, Claire and Jamie, as seen below.
Bringing to life Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels, which traverse crucial moments in history, is no small feat — and each season, the creators and production team are asked to out-do themselves, bringing to life things as varied as the Battle of Culloden, a shipwreck in the Caribbean, and a log cabin in colonial America.
It picks up where the first official companion book left off and features exclusive interviews with cast members, including detailed conversations with Balfe and Heughan (onscreen couple and real-life friends), as well as the writers, producers, musicians, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more whose hard work and cinematic magic brings the world of Outlander to life on the screen, providing insight into creatives decisions and the painstaking work that goes into breathing life into this world.
Some of those decisions include deciding to show things only hinted at on the page, like the Battle of Culloden itself. “The series had been talking about the battle for a long time, and it was baked into the mythology from the books,” Moore details in a chapter of the book. “When you translated that to television, it had the effect of just teasing the audience. We felt like we had to show it.”
Go through the stones to read more at the source: See the cover for The Making of Outlander: The Official Guide to Seasons Three and Four