Will Outlander Season 4 stray from the books to focus on Brianna and Roger?

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At LandCon2, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin said there would be more Brianna and Roger moments. Does this mean Outlander Season 4 will stray from Drums of Autumn?

This is for those who haven’t read the novels. After all, if you’ve read “Drums of Autumn,” you know the flow of the book and how it’s split between different viewpoints. This is something that starts in “Dragonfly in Amber” and progresses more with each book in the series. However, there are others curious as to how a book series that starts from purely Claire’s point of view could allow for scenes with Brianna and Roger in Outlander Season 4.

The idea for this article came after my husband questioned me about the show’s fourth season. He’s not read the books and hasn’t read the spoilers, so asked me if Brianna and Roger’s story would be added in for Outlander Season 4. That made me think there are others out there who may have the same question.

Is it possible that the showrunners have decided to completely go against the books in some aspects? Are they going to add elements into the story? It wouldn’t be the first time, focusing a little on Frank’s time in 1946 when Claire went through the stones and on elements of Jamie’s story that wasn’t in “Voyager” in Outlander Season 3.

Outlander Season 4: Roger
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In “Drums of Autumn,” there are parts of the story set in the 1960s-1970s. We’ll get to see Brianna and Roger together. There are also moments of Brianna on her own, as she figures out life without any of her parents around. And, of course, there will be her own research into Claire and Jamie to find out what they do in their lives in the past, leading to Brianna’s journey through the stone.

There won’t be any need to stray too far from the book this time. In fact, Outlander Season 4 will be close to the original storyline, with a few bits of the timeline changed to suit the need of filming. Ron D. Moore said that book lovers would recognize the main plot points. If you’ve not read the novels yet, then you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to find too much changed by the sounds of things.

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Are you worried about “Drums of Autumn’s” storyline changing too much for Outlander Season 4? Are you waiting until after the season to read the novel to find out the changes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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