Outlander Book Club: Drums of Autumn Chapter 50 breakdown

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

This isn’t really a chapter filled with foreshadowing. It’s a chapter filled with plot development. This has to happen to make sure Claire, Jamie, and Young Ian head off in search for Roger.

It’s been the earlier foreshadowing that makes it possible to somewhat predict where the plot is going to go. Young Ian has always been connected to the Native Americans, and he is the one who will make a sacrifice to get Roger back.

Adapting the Drums of Autumn chapter

Yes, the chapter was used and adapted heavily. I do think part of this was to make Brianna a feistier woman. We get a hint of her stubbornness and anger in this chapter, but it’s all from Claire’s point of view. The show offers it up from a third-person point of view, allowing us to step back.

We see Brianna lash out, reminding us of the fact that she didn’t grow up in the 18th century. She’s also acting in anger, reminding us that she is definitely Jamie Fraser’s daughter. We need those physical reminders on screen because we don’t get the thoughts from Claire that the book offers.

Other little bits are changed, but these changes don’t really affect the overall story. It still goes from Point A to Point B. The secrets are out and Roger needs to be rescued.

The biggest change, really, was the placement of the proposal. It took out the argument about Jamie finding Bree a husband so that could take place at River Run.

Ian made his own decision, taking control of his own life. It foreshadows what he’s going to do in the Outlander Season 4 finale. It also adds a little humor at a point in the episode where it’s needed.

Nobody has to like it, but I can see why the show would make the decisions it did.

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