‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Reveals the Jamie & Claire Scene She Wishes Made it to TV

Over 30 year ago, Diana Gabaldon began writing a story about a lover in a kilt with no doctrine what it would the working day become: the best-selling nine-book series Outlander, adapted in 2014 into a thump Starz TV show star Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as romantic leads Jamie and Claire Fraser. As we eagerly await the sixth season of Outlander coming out on March 6, we had a chance to catch up with Gabaldon about everything in the Outlander universe — from the book scenes she wishes stirred it to television to what we can expect in season 6 of the Starz show, plus details on the recently-released ninth book in the succession, Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone, and whether she anticipates there will be an eighth season of Outlander( season 7 is already fortified, phew ). Oh, and she might have also intimated at the tenth book in the succession, in case you’ve previously speed-read your path through all 900 pages of Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone. But don’t ask her if she’s started it( Oops we did !).

With yet another best-seller under her belt( Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, exhausted November 23, 2021, is already a# 1 New York Times best-seller ), Gabaldon is busier than ever — and just like reading her novels, her answers to our questions had us hanging on every word. Check out our full conference with generator Gabaldon below.

SheKnows: What is one book scene for each season that you were sad never uttered it into the show?

Diana Gabaldon: Look, the books are the books and the show is the show. I expect it to be different. It could hardly not be; one season of the show is( roughly) twelve incidents — twelve hours. It takes anywhere from 32 to 49 hours just to read one of the books aloud. I know; I speak the first three myself, for( what was then) Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic — I was a volunteer reader for them for 27 times, until life and travel came so frenetic that I couldn’t reliably show up every week.( Now they’re called Learning Ally, and induce recordings for parties with all kinds of learning/ visual hurdles. I still support them, but don’t spoke ).

The point, though, is that the prove has to be an adaptation of the books , not a translation. Ergo, most of the book won’t fit into a season, and what’s applied will have to be restructured in order to make a coherent story on cinema. There are what the show people refer to as “iconic” panoramas — ones of high-pitched drama or special entreaty, that all the books cherish — and they try very hard to include those or at least make a reference to them.

Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan in a scene from season 2 from Outlander

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

The only one that comes immediately to mind that I had a real issue with was the leave-taking scene in Season Two, where — in the book — Jamie questions Claire to observe him with his sgian dhu, so that he can carry her contacts with him into battle, and they end up commemorating each other( and carrying each other’s permanent mark through the years of separation ). OK, I can see several reasons why that might be difficult to film( and I can see the nuisance of having to keep painting tiny scars on the prime characters’ hands each time they get dressed( they do paint Jamie’s( faded) form scars on every time he takes his shirt off) — but deciding that, instead of this moment of high theatre, Claire should entrust Jamie the clump of brownish-yellow that Hugh Monroe granted her year ago( which is big, orange and looks like a hunk of undermined telephone-line insulator, and why would she have been carrying it on her party for the last three years ?)… ”Here, darling, save this Ugliest Wedding Present Ever to remember me by for the rest of your( extremely short) life…” Mmm.

Still, that’s one incident out of hundreds, and on the whole, they do a great job of restraining stages that they are aware are emotionally important to the readers.

Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan in a scene from Outlander Season 1

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

SheKnows: What are you able razz about Book 9 — or if you were able to describe each person’s story in one word or convict what might it be?

DG: What is this? English 101? Back in the day( direction back — like, 30 years ago ), when there were mall bookstores, I would be sitting at a little table to sign journals, should anyone feel the exhort to buy one. People would come up( seldom ), pick up the book, frown at it, and speak “A…Novel”, off the cover-up. “Is that, like, story? ” I would assure them gravely that it was, engage them in conversation and conclude by saying, “Open it anywhere and speak three sheets. If you can gave it down again, I’ll pay you a dollar.” I’ve never lost any money on that bet. In lieu of throwing the sheets, though, here are the firstly few section titles…


Part One: A Swarm of Bees in the Carcass of a Lion Chapter

Chapter 1: The Mackenzies Are Here

Chapter 2: A Blue Wine Day

Chapter 3: Rustic, Rural, and Very Romantic

Chapter 4: The Women Will Ha’ a Fit Chapter

Chapter 5: Musings on a Hyoid

Chapter 6: Home Is the Hunter, Home from the Hill

Chapter 7: Dead or Alive

Chapter 13: “What Is Not Good for the Swarm Is Not Good for the Bee”

Chapter 30: You Should Know…

See the full directory here.

“Jamie and Claire’s relationship…like a duet of stones standing in a turbulent stream.”

SheKnows: You write immense minutes from your own life that you incorporate into the books, are there any of those in book 9? How long is diary 9 compared to others in the series?

DG: Well, it’s not the shortest of the books, but neither is it the longest. It operates about 449,00 oaths, as compared to Outlander( the shortest, at 305,000) or The Fiery Cross or A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which each( coincidentally) came in at 508,000.( “Exactly the same length as SHOGUN, ” as I pointed out to my journalist at the time .)

SheKnows: How far have you gotten in writing book 10?

DG: Are you kidding? I finished writing BEES at the end of July, then wasted the next three months make the various( intense) phases of production on the manuscript( while simultaneously working with my German translator on the German edition ). Had about two weeks to breathe after the final galleys went back, went to Europe( a mix of exertion and amusement) for two weeks, and then came back to find 20,000 copies of BEES waiting for me to sign them. Interrupted this onerous process to fly to New York for the Gala Virtual Launch, back for Thanksgiving( 2 days later ), then returned to a massive book-signing, interspersed by( counting on digits …) twenty-nine interviews, still further. You’re #30 …

( I’ve begin jiggling the phones on Book 10 and the Prequel, but this amounts to a handful of incidents. Y’all might as well just chill; a book takes as long as it makes, and persistently asking the writer for progress reports is just as supportive as drawing up a seedling every other day to see if it’s proliferating hitherto .)

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Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, and John Hunter Bell

SheKnows: Do you hope that the TV demonstrate will carry on past season 7, or do you feel that if they needed to they could end it in a manner that honors your fib?

DG: Well, “thats a lot” of circumstances that go into a television show — overhead being just one of them( but it’s a moderately big consideration, especially with the enormous problems of maintaining Covid etiquettes and safety on a set involving 250 people ). Others being the requirements of the assign representatives, some of whom might want to follow other profession opportunities( cf. Lauren Lyle, who’s got the lead in a new TV crime drama announced Karen Pirie ). Yes, I’d like the appearance to continue past seven seasons, but I have no suggestion whether it will or not. The show people have talked to me about various possibilities, and I suppose things will be all right, one behavior or another.

Lauren Lyle Caitriona Balfe Outlander Season 5 Marsali Fraser baby

Lauren Lyle and Caitriona Balfe

SheKnows: Will you write another episode in season 7? Did you write any for season 6?

DG: I think so, and yes. You know, I expect, that we were obliged to cut Season 6 from the original twelve episodes, to eight( in part owing to the aforementioned Covid complications, and in part to Caitriona’s pregnancy) — the remaining four occurrences from Season Six will be folded into Season Seven, which will thus be 16 escapades long, mirroring the long first season. So the last episode of Season Six is 608. I wrote Episode 609.

This script can’t simply be reused at the beginning of Season Seven, because it wasn’t structured in the way an opening episode needs to be, either in terms of content or mold. They did use a few cases fragments from it, but the write as a whole isn’t usable for Season Seven( I did get paid for writing it, though ).

The Production folk asked me if I wanted to write another script for Season Seven and I said I did.

Outlander 2014 Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

SheKnows: You had a cameo in season 1, will you ever pop up one more time?

DG: If they ask me to, yes. It was a lot of fun.

Diana Gabaldon in Outlander Season 1

Diana Gabaldon

SheKnows: Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone — is that from Claire’s perspective, is she gone ?! What’s the significance of the deed and bees?

DG: Well, you know, if you read the book, you’ll find out…

Actually, it’s a reference to traditional bee-keeping. Bees are exceedingly social bugs and are interested in gossip. That’s why beekeepers are encouraged to talk to their bees, and tell them the bulletin of their local communities: if someone has come to visit, if a woman has left the community to be married, if a child has been born, if someone moves away–or dies.

If something of importance happens and you don’t tell the bees, but they find out later, they’ll be angry and horde and fly away. So you always tell the bees what’s going on. “Go tell the bees that I am gone” applies in multiple plazas throughout the book with various meanings.

Richard Rankin

SheKnows: What is one diary representation that you repent taking out in any of the books?

DG: I don’t regret taking out any of the few I’ve removed. When I do remove a scene, it’s because it doesn’t fit where it is. Often, it’s because that stage genuinely is within the next diary, though rarely, it exactly doesn’t fit anywhere. I never propel things apart, though; if a scene’s any good, it will ultimately morph into its rightful place.

SheKnows: You’ve ever said this is a book series about a long marriage, and each work has such huge pummels in this couple’s relationship. What are you able razz for Jamie and Claire in terms of something new they learn about each other in Book 9? Or a brand-new challenge for them?

Outlander wedding Sam Heughan and Caitríona Balfe as Jamie and Claire Fraser

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe

DG: Well, they’re in the road of an oncoming conflict, they know it, and they’re ripening older. So they’re coming to grips with the facts of each other’s mortality, as well as their own.

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Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe

SheKnows: What’s been the strongest season of the TV show in your opinion? And the season you wish they could have fit more into?

DG: Oh, there are always things I( and the Tv folk, as well) care we have been able done, but the facts of the case is, there’s exclusively so much room — and a Lot of diary. Actually, I suppose Season Six is maybe the strongest since Season One( though I loved the first part of Season Three, and Season Five was really good, very ).

Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan Outlander Season 1

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

SheKnows: Which reference has one of your favorite moments in Season 6? If you had to use one word or word for Jamie and Claire’s relationship in season 6, what would it be?

DG: Hard to choose! All the prime characters have really intense, wonderful instants in this one. As for Jamie and Claire’s relationship — like a pair of stones standing in a tempestuou stream.

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