Which book was Outlander Season 6 based on?

Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ
Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ /

If you’re a show-first fan, you may not want to read the book Outlander Season 6 was based on. Which book (or books) are you turning to?

Not everyone has read the Outlander books. There’s nothing wrong with that. There are a lot of reasons people won’t read the books. In some cases, it’s simply that fans want to see the series first and then get a deeper story with the books afterward. This can help to avoid some disappointment when there are changes to the story.

The sixth season has now finished. It’s time to delve into the book (or books) that this season was based on. Where do you need to look?

Something we will note before getting into the book is that the full story hasn’t been told just yet. There are still parts of this particular book still left to tell in Outlander Season 7.

Outlander Season 6 is based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes

The sixth season is heavily adapted from the sixth book in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. This would seem obvious, right? However, it is worth noting that some of this book was used for the story in Outlander Season 5.

Everything from Stephen Bonnet’s death through to the end of the season in Outlander Season 5 was based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Part of this was due to the way TV shows need to develop storylines in case guest stars aren’t available. Another part of it was due to the amount of content from the sixth book that was needed to fit into 12 episodes. It wasn’t possible for one season.

We’ve even seen that the entire book hasn’t even been told yet. This was due to the season being cut to just eight episodes. The other four episodes will be added into Season 7, so the rest of the story will eventually be told on the screen.

What are the changes to the book storyline?

There were some changes in Outlander Season 6. One of the biggest is Claire dealing with her trauma. Don’t expect any of the ether storyline to come up in A Breath of Snow and Ashes. You’ll find a lot of book fans didn’t like the ether storyline. Some of us did appreciate it, though.

Another change is who Young Ian tells his story to and when it happens. I’ll leave you to the books to find out who he shares all about Emily to in the family first.

Those are the bits that stand out the most. There are smaller changes here and there, but they don’t distract from the overall storyline. At least, for me they didn’t.

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