Outlander showrunner warns fans of upcoming rape storyline

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For those who haven’t read the novels, there’s a rape storyline coming up in Outlander Season 4. Now the Outlander showrunner, Ron D. Moore, is warning fans what to expect and how it will be different to previous rape storylines.

Rape is nothing new in the world of Diana Gabaldon. It’s been used from the very beginning as a plot point in the novels. The show hasn’t used every single depiction of it from the novels, except for some of the biggest moments to tell some hard and traumatic storylines. Now there’s one coming up in Outlander Season 4, which Outlander showrunner, Ron D. Moore, wants those who haven’t read the novels to be prepared for.

Of course, those who have read the novels will be aware of it. However, Moore has also explained how the storyline will differ from previous rape storylines and why it’s so important to show in the series at the time of #TimesUp and #MeToo.

As the title would suggest, there are spoilers in this piece from “Drums of Autumn.”

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A storyline that develops over Outlander Season 4

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One thing the Outlander showrunner, Moore, wants to point out is that this is a storyline that is going to affect the characters throughout the season. Told to show the dangers of Colonial America and the differences in times, Brianna is the one who is raped and has to struggle with what can happen afterward. Not only is she affected mentally, but also physically.

In a time without paternity tests, she has to decide whether to have a baby potentially fathered by her rapist. Then she has to deal with whether the man she loves will accept her after being raped and getting pregnant, all the while worrying about her life expectancy in a time when childbirth was one of the most dangerous things a woman could go through.

Moore promises that the rape isn’t going to be gratuitous. This is a storyline needed to show what really happened in the past and the consequences afterward; the way that it could ruin a woman and she could be the one blamed for the events rather than the rapist.

There will likely be some graphic scenes. Of course, Outlander Seasons 1 and 2 had many of those but some of those scenes are ones that people watch just the once and then skip when they rewatch (and even skip when reading through the novels again). It’s not clear whether Outlander Season 4 is going to be as depictive as the first season, but we will see more of the aftermath throughout.

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Are you prepared for the rape storyline Outlander showrunner, Moore, has warned us about? Have you already caught up on the “Drums of Autumn” storyline to be ready for the things to come? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander Season 4 will premiere in November 2018.