Many Outlander fans are also Game of Thrones fans. It’s understandable that many worry that the Game of Thrones finale will be a sign of what’s to come for Outlander, but please don’t!
Comparing Outlander to Game of Thrones is like comparing apples to oranges. Neither show is alike. The only similarities are that they’re based on a book series that started 20 years ago. However, this hasn’t stopped Outlander fans worrying that they’re in for an ending similar to that of Game of Thrones.
Those who liked or disliked the ending to the nine-year-long show are worried about what’s in store for Claire and Jamie’s series. They fear that there is no chance of a happy ending, but there’s no need to worry about this.
Without giving away spoilers for GoT in case you’re still to watch, the series finale wasn’t quite what everyone expected. Personally, I enjoyed it enough to accept it (and it’s the showrunners’ story to tell and I respect that. They don’t owe me anything!) but I know there are a lot of people disappointed in the lack of happy ending for many of the characters.
However, if you’ve been watching the show, you know that happy endings don’t happen. This is a show that will kill off a main character in the first nine episodes.
The idea of Diana Gabaldon even considering following suit with the books (because I do believe the GoT ending is mostly what George R.R. Martin has planned) is ludicrous. She’s never been one to deliver heartache for the sake of heartache.
This isn’t an author who leaves us falling in love with a character only to have them ripped from us. The characters who have died have died for a reason, such as Culloden, and it’s been foreshadowed or hinted at for a very long time.
Claire and Jamie’s story is nothing like that of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” While the Frasers have certainly faced heartache and difficulty, they’ve found their way back to each other. Their journey has been one of life’s ups and downs and not multiple storylines coming together to fight ice zombies, dragons, and mad monarchs.
An unhappy ending isn’t in the cards. While it will likely be a bittersweet ending since Jamie’s ghost at Claire’s window needs to be explained somehow, I doubt we’ll get the trauma that Game of Thrones delivered on May 19. Please don’t be concerned about that.
And by the way, Gabaldon has already promised that the show won’t get ahead of the books, unlike Game of Thrones. So, whatever ending we do get will be (loosely, at least) based on the novel series’ story.
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