Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter
The foreshadowing in this chapter is sad. It’s all about Rollo. Ian notes that Rollo isn’t as spry as he used to be. This is an aging dog. Even part wolf, he will succumb to age, and this chapter foreshadows what is to come. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.
I think at this point, I feared on the first read that something would happen to Rollo in battle. I’m so glad Diana Gabaldon didn’t deliver that blow. I probably would have stopped reading there just because the death would have been more for drama than anything else. I much preferred it the way it happened.
Adapting the Written in My Own Heart’s Blood chapter
There are a few things that I want to see from this chapter in the show, and I think we’ll get them. The first is Ian figuring out how to be the man for Rachel when he is a man who kills. He wants to be better for this woman, and I think that says a lot about his love for her.
Then there’s the bit with the advice. We need humor in the show, and this would be one of those perfect moments. Considering Ian has already turned to Jamie about his trauma back in Outlander Season 3, it makes sense for him to turn to Jamie about this too. I could also see the show changing it so Ian turns to Claire instead after the conversation in Season 6.
Finally, it’s the bit with Rollo. I hate it when the dog dies in movies and shows, but I can respect it when it’s due to age like Rollo’s storyline is. I want to see the lead-up to it, though. It’s important to get some warning so we’re prepared for it.
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