*New* Diana Gabaldon’s Interview With Parade Magazine   1 comment

From Parade Magazine

in Outlander Season 5 episode 3, entitled “Free Will,” Jamie is called upon to take a man’s life, and being an honorable, religious man, he has doubts.

“That’s a truly good episode throughout, and I love (in a purely emotional, appreciation of humanity and artistry kind of way, rather than a cheering on the extermination of a sub-par specimen of humanity sort of way) the [euthanasia scene],” Outlander author Diana Gabaldon tells Parade.com exclusively. “Euthanasia is (luckily) a fairly minor part of most people’s daily thoughts, let alone their experience. And yet, life being what it is, we do have to deal with the messiness that attends both ends of life.”

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“The end of the episode, where Jamie clearly sees what needs to be done and proceeds to do it, is both chilling and deeply moving,” Gabaldon says. “Claire—being who and what she is—has been fighting as hard as possible to save this evil man’s life, even though seeing clearly (and more and more clearly as she hears his wife’s story) what he is, and knowing that his physical state is hopeless.” She continues, “But it is hopeless, and Jamie quietly takes the responsibility of decision out of her hands. It’s a powerful scene, and Jamie’s quiet, matter-of-fact words, against the wrenching, constrained feeling in his face as he goes through the brief ritual of asking Beardsley’s consent to free him from his temporary hell at the risk of sending him to a permanent one–versus the silent blinks of a wicked man who refuses any thought of forgiveness—is intense.”

Gabaldon points out, “But this is mercy—and justice,” adding, “and whatever it costs Jamie personally, it’s his job.”

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  1. What a soul searching decision to make, Jamie is often in situations where he is really tested. Claire, too, has had to make the same decision with regards to Colum MacKenzie’s death and with the slave (Drums of Autumn) who was near deaths end.

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