New Interview with Ron D. Moore from The Wall Street Journal   Leave a comment

Here is a new interview with Ron D. Moore from The Wall Street Journal

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore unveils an exhibit of costumes from the first season of the STARZ Original Series "Outlander" at The Grove in Los Angeles on Friday, May 22, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for STARZ/AP Images)

From The Wall Street Journal:

For most of the second season of “Outlander,” the narrative followed a relatively linear trajectory: 18th-century power couple Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) fought against tremendous odds – ineffectual royals, vengeful French aristocrats – to change the future and thwart the Scottish-culture-destroying Battle of Culloden. However, from the moment tonight’s finale, titled “Dragonfly in Amber” after the novel upon which season 2 was based, opened on a black-and-white clip from the British TV show “The Avengers,” we knew that we were no longer in the 1700s, and that something truly drastic had gone down between the impassioned lovers.

More after the jump!

Although the episode, written by executive producers Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts, did include a wrap-up of the 18th-century story line (at least for now), most of the action took place in unfamiliar territory for the viewers: 1968 Scotland. In place of our familiar strapping ginger-haired Highlander protagonist in a kilt, we were introduced to Jamie’s American-born (but still redheaded) daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who, along with her forty-something physician mother (hey there, Claire! The late-Sixties eyeliner trend suits you) embarks on a fascinating, nearly unbelievable journey into her family history. It’s a journey that concludes with Claire’s realization that perhaps her time-traveling days aren’t over for good after all. (The series has been renewed for both a third and fourth season, so this is not a far-fetched suggestion.)

“Outlander” executive producer and showrunner Ronald D. Moore called up Speakeasy recently to discuss the significant creative decisions that were made for the supersized finale (which ran at a nearly feature-length 90 minutes tonight on Starz). While Moore and his team have always remained faithful to Diana Gabaldon‘s books, he explained the logic behind certain choices like the enhanced reappearance of Lotte Verbeek‘s character Gillian Edgars/Geillis Duncan, as well as the distinctive structure of the season 2 finale.

Moore, who is currently in pre-production on season 3 of “Outlander,” also revealed a juicy nugget about how the original plan to use a vintage clip from the “Star Trek” TV series – instead of the Diana Rigg-starring “The Avengers” – in the opening scenes was foiled due to accuracy reasons. A real bummer for a guy who owes a good portion of his career to the venerated sci-fi franchise.

Read on for an edited transcript of our conversation:

What was your reasoning behind not showing the 1960s scenes until the finale – even though they bookended the novel “Dragonfly in Amber”?

I thought opening the season with the 1960s was too big of a jump for the TV show. I liked it conceptually; I liked the idea of jumping ahead in the story and telling the audience everything that happened in Paris and Scotland was ultimately going to come to naught, and Claire was going to return to the 20th century. But what I just said is enough. To also go 20 years into that story, and Brianna as an adult, and Frank is dead, and [Claire’s] a surgeon. I was just like, it’s too much, to go from them sailing away to that as the next cut. It’s a big enough shock to the audience that she returns to the 20th century – let’s just start there and catch up to the Sixties in the end.

Read the rest of the article here!

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