What will Outlander Season 5 need to do to make The Fiery Cross more interesting?

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Outlander Season 5
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Many Outlander fans say the fifth novel is one of the dullest to start. Just what will Outlander Season 5 need to do to make it more entertaining for the show fans?

One of the issues of turning books into TV shows is the flow. A book gets away with having a series of highs and lows, with sections that aren’t fueled with drama. TV shows don’t get that liberty. Every hour of Outlander needs to have some sort of intensity or conflict. There needs to be a story that draws people in.

Normal life isn’t something that does that, which is something fans of “The Fiery Cross” worry about. The fifth novel is one that many Outlander fans say is the dullest at the start. It takes about two-thirds of the book to pick up. This is according to some in Facebook fan groups. I can’t base it on my own knowledge since I’ve not read it.

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For others, the first two-thirds are fun because they’re more about life on Frasers Ridge (minor spoiler, but this place is coming up in Season 4). There’s a chance to slow down a little and appreciate one another more. There’s the chance for the story between Claire and Jamie to develop deeper than ever before.

It’s clear that it depends on what you want from a story, but normal life certainly doesn’t translate well onscreen. So, what does Outlander Season 5 need to do to make “The Fiery Cross” more interesting?

It could add its own drama

One thing the writers could do is add in their own drama and conflict. This was something Outlander Season 3 did to an extent. When it came time for Claire to return through the stones, the show writers decided to take Claire and Brianna back to the States first. From there, it was possible to create conflict between mother and daughter, with Claire fighting her love for her daughter against her love for her Scottish husband.

In the end, there was the chance for Brianna to give her mother her blessing, making it easier for Claire to step back through the stones. Then there was the walk through the jungle (don’t get me started on that!) and Jamie’s conflict within the ship during the voyage part of the story.

It’s possible for the series to create elements of drama during the more mundane parts of the story, setting up separate conflict for each individual hour. These elements could be standalone sections, involving Claire and Jamie together, Fergus and Marsali (there are going to have to be adaptations for that story), and Young Ian.