Outlander has never shied from a shocking intimacy scene, but enthusiasts may have been a wee little taken aback by what they saw last night. Jamie (Sam Heughan) was coerced into intimacy by Geneva Dunsany (Hannah Adam), the haughty daughter of his rather kind British isles keeper. The required courtship subverted a whole lot of clich?s of the romance genre, but what may have amazed hardcore Outlander admirers the most was the way the ensuing sex landscape was transformed from how it takes on out in the catalogs.
In the literature, Jamie is constantly on the bed Geneva following the virgin says, “No.” It’s a controversial moment because it paints the passionate hero in a fairly morally gray light (as, you understand, it suggests he previously non-consensual relationships with the young girl). In the show, both Geneva and Jamie consent to the arrangement.
Decider sat down with Outlander Executive Providers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis come early july and we asked them about what goes into the process of changing, or even lowering, an upsetting or questionable arena from the literature.
“I believe it depends on the scene and where we have been in the storyplot,” said Moore. “There have definitely been views we’ve slice and components of sexual menace and violence that we didn’t play. But there were times when I thought it really was important to the storyplot. So it’s a creative choice that you make. In the e book, everything works because Diane [Gabaldon] is telling you the storyline, and she’s revealing it for you in a very specific way. It’s her voice talking right to you, the audience. And she goes over a certain quest and paints a certain picture, and can take you by having a lot of various things that happen in these heroes’ lives.”
“We have an inferior frame of energy, and you’re watching it aesthetically. So observing it visually visits you a different way than when you’re reading it. So we have to be aware of that,” Moore continued. “And that means you make choices generally in terms of, does indeed this belong in the instance? Is this area of the storyline, or is this heading to pop out in a way that it didn’t when you read the book. So it is a judgement call to make.”
Davis jumped and said, “A perfect example of that season is the Geneva landscape with Jamie. In the book, there are a question of whether or not Jamie rapes Geneva, because he does indeed say, ‘When I start I will not be able to stop.’ And she does indeed at one point say, ‘No, no.’ And he remains. We didn’t include that part, basically because that’s not what the landscape is about. The scene is about Jamie taking comfort in someone that he doesn’t love. But he feels empathy because of this identity even though he’s coerced into Geneva’s foundation, he still feels like he wishes, as a gentleman, for it to be always a gratifying or non-threatening experience on her behalf. So we didn’t feel like that was a part that needed to be played out. Because it really isn’t the particular picture was about.”
“It could have swamped the field. It would took over. It just wasn’t the storyplot,” Moore added.
During the dialog, I also asked Moore and Davis if they’d ever been taken aback by fan respond to the show. Moore pointed a controversial scene from Season One. “I don’t know if this astonished me, but certainly when we got the Jamie rape at the end of Season One. Our instance premiered a few weeks after Game of Thrones got their big tv show with the Sansa rape. And I was very concerned about that. Because definitely it’s an extremely difficult scene to show anyway, but the reaction to the Game of Thrones show made me feel just like, Oh, they’re going to hate this instance. But I got stunned that they embraced the event. I do feel like it felt more organic and natural to the character arc of those two character types.”
“It’s never fun to see,” Moore sustained, “and it will never be achieved in a gratuitous manner. But I think we showed just as much as we thought was essential to show the brutality and the truth of it. And also to show why it possessed this echo in all their lives for such a long time.