Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter
This certainly foreshadows a few things. Claire notes that Allan Christie is agitated. He’s not nervous or angry. He’s agitated. An agitated look could be one that’s similar to nerves, though. You see, we know eventually that Allan Christie is the father. He’ll want to make sure Malva does the one thing he expects: lie and say the baby is Jamie’s.
Most of the chapter is plot development, though. We need Malva to come out with the lies. She needs to have Claire slap her and for the talk to spread around the Ridge. When it does come to Malva’s murder, there needs to be a reason for Claire to be suspect #1.
Adapting A Breath of Snow and Ashes chapter
This chapter was extremely well done in the TV series. We got the tension within the room, giving Malva the chance to tell her lies. If you watch all the other characters, you’ll see very different expressions that tell us a lot about what those characters are thinking. Tom Christie is definitely one to watch.
We also saw the moment of Claire trying to figure out whether Jamie is telling the truth or not. We see her run through how Bree, Roger, and Jemmy shouldn’t be in the past. They are because of Claire’s selfish actions to find Jamie—because of her love for him. Was it all for nothing?
The scene between Claire and Jamie is a powerful one. It’s actually one of the best between the two in the entire series as Jamie just listens and then responds: he didn’t sleep with Malva, but he did sleep with Mary MacNab. And I adore Claire’s look of astonishment and understanding as she hears Jamie’s words.
As much as I’m not a fan of the Christie storyline in A Breath of Snow and Ashes, I am glad that the TV show adapted it. There was some outstanding acting from everyone involved in this chapter adaptation.
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