*SPOILER WARNING* NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore , Matt Roberts and Maril Davis from The Hollywood Reporter   5 comments

Here is a NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore, Matt Roberts and Maril Davis from The Hollywood Reporter

From THR:

This story contains a massive spoiler from Diana Gabaldon’s fourth ‘Outlander’ novel, ‘Drums of Autumn’ and, thus, a pivotal moment from the upcoming fourth season of the Starz adapation.

More after the jump! *SPOILERS*

Outlander is no stranger to portraying rape and sexual assault on television. And the Starz drama will again have to tackle that heavy subject in an upcoming season four episode.

In author Diana Gabaldon’s fourth Outlander novel, Drums of Autumn, a main character is raped. The assault is a pivotal moment in not only that book, but also for every novel that followed in Gabaldon’s series because of the physical and emotional impact it has on the victim.

In Drums of Autumn, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) adult daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) goes through the stones and back in time to reunite with her mother. She also meets her father Jamie for the very first time. But with her journey through time comes a moment in which the psychopath Stephen Bonnet (Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers) rapes Bree. 

While Outlander doesn’t always follow its source material scene for scene, Bree’s rape is important for the future of the Starz series because of what comes next in the books: Bree gets pregnant, potentially with Bonnet’s child. Bree’s rape will indeed be featured in the upcoming fourth season of the Starz drama. As the series has featured a few rape scenes in its first three seasons, this will be the first time the show takes on the subject in the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, as executive producer/showrunner Ron D. Moore first had to decide where the line was in how much to show onscreen and why.  

“We’ve always been guided by that principle,” Moore told THR at a recent Emmy event to support the show. “We have a history of it with the show itself [so the question becomes] how much of this material is in the show, when do we do it, when do we decide not to do it and why are we making that choice. You have to approach it on a case-by-case basis and this is obviously a big story point so it wasn’t really an option not to do it. It’s more a question of how you’re going to do it and what it meant to that story in how you presented it.”


5 responses to “*SPOILER WARNING* NEW Interview with Ron D. Moore , Matt Roberts and Maril Davis from The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I think that all the scenes in Outlander were perfectly written, presented, done and chosen with care.

    Danielle Levasseur
  2. Yes – that is one part of the book of Brianna’s life that cannot be left out – as it becomes a big issue later on in the Drums of Autumn.

  3. Integral to much if not most of the future story – Dianna’s realistic and absolutely engaging epic.

    Sandra Ninas-Scheffel
    • I agree with you on that. In fact, Stephen Bonnet, doesn’t totally disappear in “Drums of Autumn”, he is an ongoing issue in the further books of the “Outlander’ series until he is dealt with in a violent way. I can’t imagine what it would be like to suddenly go back 200 years or more, and be faced with all the dangers of those times and having no protection – it is a wonder that Claire even survived her experiences. Very well done. I t reveals how society itself has changed throughout the years. Thank you for sharing the interview – very insightful.

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