Diana Gabaldon says Outlander Season 5 has ‘reasonable invention’

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Diana Gabaldon is very responsive through social media and forums. In one post to fans, she helps to calm worries by saying the invention in Outlander Season 5 is ‘reasonable.’

If you’re worried about what to expect in Outlander Season 5, I get it. There have certainly been some filming sightings that suggest some invention to the series. However, Diana Gabaldon has tried to calm some of the worries by saying there “reasonable invention” in the season.

She took to The Lit Forum, where the Outlander author spends time talking to fans about the books and the show. Extremely responsive to fans, Gabaldon’s reply about invention came after a fan shared her dislike for the “whole scale invention” that can sometimes take place. And yes, it certainly can.

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Sometimes the invention works. We just have to look at the inclusion of Angus and Rupert in Season 1 to see how the invention can add more value to the series. The two became the perfect comedy duo, relief that the show needed in some of its darkest moments.

I’ll also add in the use of Frank in Season 1 was an excellent invention. Maybe it’s as a Tobias Menzies fan, but I enjoyed seeing what Frank was doing in 1946 after finding out that his wife had disappeared.

Gabaldon also brought up Season 4’s “idiot hut” comment from Roger as a good form of invention. It added to the scene and suited the character. However, she did bring up Jamie’s bad attempt at mutiny in Season 3 as bad invention. While I actually didn’t mind it, there were moments that disrupted the flow of the overall show.

There will be some invention needed for Season 5. After all, we have Murtagh alive, who isn’t part of the books after the beginning of the third. He’s killed at Culloden. Instead, Season 5 sees him as a Regulator and now the one that Jamie has to kill. However, Diana Gabaldon has said that she is happy with the majority of the invention.

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Of course, there are kinks to iron out. This isn’t an Outlander problem but a TV show problem. Every single TV show out there will have kinks along the way, dialogue that doesn’t end up fitting, and scenes that just don’t seem to fit together. There can end up being continuity problems or incorrect facts, but many of these issues are picked up along the way.

I don’t think we have too much to worry about. This isn’t going to be a season for everyone (the show writers simply can’t please everyone, just like not everyone likes every element of Diana Gabaldon’s books) but there’s hope that whatever is being adapted or added in is going to work for the overall season. And while Gabaldon says she’s only seen the scripts up to Episode 8 so far, it sounds positive and fair.

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