Outlander Book Club: Drums of Autumn Chapter 14 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

The foreshadowing is all within the talks of the tribes and with Young Ian heading off with Myers and Pollyanne at the end. It’s clear that Young Ian wants to learn as much as he can about this culture. He doesn’t just want to see from a distance, but really get to experience the culture.

It all foreshadows what’s to come. Myers mentions the tribes adopt other tribes and other people. Young Ian is eventually going to join one of the local tribes.

However, not all tribes are as welcoming. Despite the Cherokee and Creek being closer to the Tuscarora people than the Mohawks, there were too many differences for the Cherokee and Creek taking them in. It makes it clear that some of them do need to be watched, just like all people everywhere.

Adapting the Drums of Autumn chapter

While the Pollyanne storyline wasn’t included, we did hear a little about the tribes and the local area. Myers did accompany Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian on the way back to Wilmington. He was there to offer the exposition to both the characters and the audience.

What we didn’t know at the time was that Myers would become a bigger character in another way. The writers had much more planned for him. Personally, I’m glad Myers’s character adapted in the way it did. I loved his role in Season 5.

I do like the way the show did it. The murder at the mill storyline would have taken time. It had a knock-on effect with Pollyanne, and her story does briefly come up at a later point. There just wasn’t the time to add all this in, and I’d rather it be skipped than rushed or than feel forced.

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