Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter
For William, this chapter is more about plot development. I have a feeling that it foreshadows something between William and Jane.
The main bit of foreshadowing is in John and Hal’s storyline. Richardson cannot be trusted, and it’s clear that neither Grey brother does trust him. Now that we know Richardson has deserted, I feel like this chapter foreshadows more trouble. We know up to this point that Richardson has been working with the Americans, but there’s a constant reminder that we can’t trust him. I feel like this foreshadows that Richardson is going to end up choosing the Americans to prevent their success.
He is clearly acting in his own best interests, but why would he lie about Ben? It’s clear that he could be lying, and we know that Ben is up to something else. We later find out that he has defected to the Americans. Getting Jamie in to help is a good idea.
Adapting the Written in My Own Heart’s Blood chapter
I don’t think that is chapter is going to be used in the TV series, especially not the John and Hal parts. We may see some of William’s recovery and his time with Jane. That makes sense for Fanny’s part of the story.
I just don’t think there is enough time to do John and Hal’s part justice in the TV series. I have a feeling that John’s part in the Revolutionary War is going to be cut down to whatever serves Jamie’s storyline more. That’s the way John has been used in the past.
Will it be a shame? Sort of. I love reading about John, but when it comes to the TV show, we haven’t gotten to know him that well. We need a spin-off series for him instead. The book benefits from time to share more of who John is, especially with the novellas to accompany the story.
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