Outlander: Of Talks About Jamie’s Rape Portrayal And Season 2 Production

Outlander: Of Talks About Jamie’s Rape Portrayal And Season 2 Production
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With the first season of “Outlander,” a show adapted from the historical time travel “Outlander” series written by Diana Gabaldon, coming to a close on May 30, creator Ronald D. Moore has started scripting and casting for its ensuing season, which will be based on the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber.”


According to MTV, although season 1 ended on a happy and cheerful note with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and the pregnant Clair Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) sailing away to France, it also contained Jamie’s ghastly and appalling rape at the ends of Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). As macabre the rape was, it was also a highlight of Gabaldon’s books as the torture endured by Jamie stayed with him for years afterwards.

Outlander’s portrayal of rape earned respect because of how truthful it was to a crime that 1 in 6 women, and 1 in 33 men, endure in their lifetime. Findings from Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) suggest that there is an increase in calls received by their National Sexual Assault Hotline when a rape scene is portrayed on a television show. The show also depicted the irrevocable effects that people like Jack, who by claiming their right on other people’s bodies, can have on day-to-day lives of their victims.

According to Vanity Fair, Moore said that Jamie and Claire are heading to France, where they’ll be traveling to Paris, at the end of the season 1. There, they will attempt to get inside the Jacobite movement and prevent the Battle of Culloden from occurring. With the couple making their way into a more urban city, the setting – colors, tones, atmosphere – will change dramatically than what they were in the previous season.

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New sets had to be built and new costumes were tailored for the second season, which is currently in production, Moore says. The first season set in Scotland was more earthy and rustic with the settings comprising of heavy stones and dark wood. Season 2 will be more aristocratic, it “is now refined, it’s now gilt, it’s fine candelabras, it’s people in powdered wigs, it’s the court of Louis XV.” It will also see the introduction of historical characters like Bonnie Prince Charlie and Louis XV.

The Outlander series consists of eight novels: Outlander (1991), Dragonfly in Amber (1992), Voyager (1993), Drums of Autumn (1996), The Fiery Cross (2001), A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005), An Echo in the Bone (2009), and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (2014). Gabaldon also recently said that a ninth book (untitled as of yet) in the series was underway.

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