Outlander Book Club: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone Chapter 102 breakdown

William sets off to find Dottie in Outlander Book 9, Chapter 102. Here's our breakdown of the Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone chapter.

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Foreshadowing in the Outlander chapter

It’s clear that this chapter is more about William’s growth. He has spent a lot of time focusing on who he is now that he’s learned that Jamie is his biological father. However, now, he’s thinking about what he wants to gain from the future. He’s thinking about the possibility of having a child of his own. This is a huge change in his thoughts, and so healthy for him.

I think the chapter also foreshadows trouble. William thinks about the difficult journey and winter coming in. I don’t think this is just foreshadowing trouble on the road to Dottie, though. I think it’s a hint of things to come with Amaranthus. She is not everything she seems, and William is blinded by passion.

Adapting the Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone chapter

This isn’t a chapter that I see being used in Outlander Season 8. For one, it’s just William on his own. Internal thoughts don’t work for a TV series. Yes, we saw William on a journey alone in Outlander Season 7A, but that led to him being injured, which led to Ian finding him and taking him to the Hunters. That journey was necessary for the overall plot.

This journey isn’t all that necessary. I don’t think Dottie will be used, so William doesn’t have a need to go on this journey. That doesn’t stop him from having a conversation with someone about his potential future. But I don’t think the chapter itself is important enough to get added into the 10-episode final season.

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