NEW Interview with Toni Graphia from The Hollywood Reporter   5 comments

Here is a NEW Interview with Toni Graphia from The Hollywood Reporter

From THR:

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is no damsel in distress on Starz’s Outlander. Time and again, the drama’s central heroine has proven that she doesn’t need a knight in shining armor (or tartan) to save her in times of trouble. She can take care of herself. And Sunday’s episode provided the latest example of that. 

More after the jump!

During Sunday’s episode, the time-traveling doctor proved her worth again after jumping off the side of the Porpoise into the ocean. Finally free of the British military men she helped cure of typhoid, Claire knew she had to get back to Jamie (Sam Heughan) before he was arrested by those same men in Jamaica. But first, she found herself washed ashore on some unknown island, with no clue where she was or how she would get back to her husband to warn him of what was coming.

But first she needed to survive her solo adventure. For days (and the first half of the episode), she wandered the island alone, looking for signs of human life, food, water and shelter. She ran into several obstacles, from waking up covered in biting ants to a large snake slithering over her body as she fought the elements and nearly died from thirst until she found Father Fogden and Mamacita, who helped nurse her back to life. 

In a stroke of luck, Jamie and the rest of the Artemis crew became shipwrecked on that same island. When Willoughby (Gary Young) stole and ate one of Fogden’s goats, Claire realized who the shipwrecked men were and ran to the beach just in time to signal the crew. Jamie noticed her on the beach and immediately turned around for a romantic reunion with his wife. 

But before Outlander could reunite its two star-crossed lovers again, Claire had to go through hell first. “This was a very interesting script,” executive producer Toni Graphia tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It was very challenging in the writers’ room, because we actually started with a completely different story of what happens to Claire on the island.”

While Graphia couldn’t reveal what the initial plan was “because it might be a spoiler for something that’s coming later,” it was something that happened to Claire on the island.


5 responses to “NEW Interview with Toni Graphia from The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. That was a great interview! Loved it. and I loved the Episode too. It was a lot of fun. Jamie and Claire are the best.

  2. How well done was the adaptation of this part of the book! I was totally happy with the way it turned out. The flow was much smoother and the mood was very light. It’s great to see J&C happy and playful again. Cait is getting better every episode! Thanks for the efforts to make this episode. The results were perfect!

    • I love your comment! Episode 11 was brilliant and a happier one, with some very interesting characters (ie., the priest). Jamie and Claire were their happy selves again – together – they come alive! I have read the book Voyager – and I love the way it was adapted. I know for a tv show or movie to follow a book is impossible – and I love the way Season 3 had been done.

  3. I agree too. I am curious to know if the liquid really was Turtle Soup. 🙄

    Thank you for posting this article.

    Sandra Ninas-Scheffel

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