Diana Gabaldon might write an episode of Outlander series five

The good news today is that  seasons 5 and 6 have been confirmed ( as if there was any doubt about that ), and that Diana Gabaldon may be writing at least one episode.

Creator of the Outlander book series that the STARZ show is based on, Gabaldon enjoys a bit more creative freedom with her creation than other authors and adaptations. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore made sure of this from the beginning — Gabs serves as a series consultant from time to time, as well as appearing in episode 4 from season 1.

Also also, Diana has written an episode of the series: season 2, episode 11, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’. The hope was that she would be able to write additional episodes, but continuing work on the ninth novel in the series prevented this from happening in seasons 3 and 4.

During the 44th Annual Saturn Awards, we were able to chat briefly with Diana on the red carpet before the ceremony, where she accepted the award for Best Fantasy TV Series on behalf of the show. (This is the third year running that the STARZ series has taken home the golden statue.)

Diana Gabaldon at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards
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She mentioned that production was wrapping on season 4, and that she was very excited for fans to see where the season goes.

We asked her about the possibility of her returning to write an episode in the coming seasons, and she said that as long as her writing and editing schedule for book nine, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, goes well, she would be interested and available.

While Outlander will not be present at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year, they will have a presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC), where at the very least, a new trailer for the upcoming season 4 is expected to drop, if not the entire premiere episode (as they did last year during SDCC).

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Outlander author talks about George R.R. Martin’s struggles writing The Winds of Winter

Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander series and a friend of Martin’s, recently backed up that idea when speaking with fans last week. We’re not sure what question inspired her to talk about this conversation she had with Martin, but it was interesting. 

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So Gabaldon asked Martin how things were going with “the newest book.” Quoth Martin, via Gabaldon:

I’m having all kinds of trouble. Have you ever killed somebody off that you later realized that you needed?…I just painted myself into a corner.

Let’s note that we don’t know when Martin and Gabaldon had this conversation. Perhaps it was years ago, and Martin has already written himself out of whatever corner he’d painted himself into. In any case, you have to wonder which dead character was/is giving him problems. It’s probably not a major one — the deaths of characters like Ned and Robb and Tywin are woven into the narrative such that we can’t imagine Martin ruing killing them off. Maybe someone like Maester Aemon or Qyentyn Martell or Kevan Lannister? It’s not the series lacks for dead people.

The idea of Martin being tripped up by a dead character he “needed” rings true. Martin is meticulous about his plotting, and has been known to rewrite parts of his books after he decides to change something. Diana Gabaldon isn’t phased, though. “This happens all the time when you write,” she says. “But you have an imagination…So if you paint yourself into the corner, I said, what you do is you get a new bucket of paint and you paint yourself back out and do the floor behind you. I mean, you can revise history — it’s easy if you try.”

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Will Frank return in Outlander Season 4 ?

Despite his death, Frank remains an important character in Outlander Season 4. After all, he played a huge role in Brianna’s upbringing, and there are going to be comparisons she’ll make between him and her biological father. It’s just human to make comparisons.

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Since the closing of Season 3, the showrunners have been clear that they would like to bring Tobias Menzies back into the series. How is that possible when both his characters are dead? And yes, Black Jack Randall certainly died at Culloden as Claire told him. Now the showrunners have said that Frank will hopefully come back into the series.

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Jack Randall was in command of the garrison at Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) for four years.

In 1740, Jamie Fraser is arrested at Lallybroch while trying to defend Jenny, taken to Fort William and brutally flogged by Jack Randall.

 

It’s all about the flashbacks

Outlander Season 4 could always use flashbacks for Brianna. She’ll still have stories to tell Roger and she’ll continue to watch out for her mother by reading the historical documents to track them. After all, she’ll want to know where her mother is and when she dies.

As she’s going through the documents, Brianna could find something her dad knew or mentioned. She could find paperwork that belonged to him. This would allow her to delve more into stories about him, using flashbacks to tell the stories for the audience.

While we’ve seen some of the scenes from Claire and Frank’s points of view, is it possible that Brianna actually heard some of the arguments? Could she have watched them and those are moments that stand out for her? The flashbacks could be of her side of those arguments.

Filling in the gaps

There are still elements to the story that Outlander hasn’t told yet. Frank wouldn’t have been able to just forget about Jamie. Brianna’s red hair would have prevented that. He had to know done his research, known where he was and what had happened to him. He may have even learned that Claire would eventually go back to the past.

In fact, is it possible that when Frank wanted to take Brianna to England it was to allow Claire to journey back to the past? Did he want to give her the chance to make the decision she wished she could have made years ago?

Outlander Season 4 could fill in some of the gaps, using flashes of Frank to make it easier on the audience.

Would you like to see Frank return to Outlander? What do you think of the idea of bringing Tobias Menzies back? How could you see it working? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander star Sam Heughan runs the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise funds for male cancer awareness charity Cahonas Scotland

Outlander star Sam Heughan was among an estimated 35,000 runners who took to the roads in this weekend’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The actor completed the marathon as part of a challenge to raise funds for male cancer awareness charity Cahonas Scotland.

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Organisers said people from all over the world participated in Scotland’s biggest running festival.

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Image captionOutlander star Sam Heughan was raising funds for a male cancer awareness charity

Events included a marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 5k.

Kenyan Joel Kipkemboi Kiptoo took advantage of good running conditions to set a course record in the men’s marathon, finishing in two hours, 13 minutes and 33 seconds.

He beat the previous record set in 2005 by almost two minutes.

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American Jeffrey Stein took second place, followed by local favourite Michael Crawley in third.

The women’s race was dominated by Kenyan athlete Caroline Jepchirchir, who led from the front with a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 35 seconds.

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Outlander’s Sam Heughan is set to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot

Outlander’s Sam Heughan is set to join Vin Diesel in Bloodshot for Sony Pictures. The pic, which marks Diesel’s first starring superhero film, starts production in July with Dave Wilson directing and Neal H. Moritz producing. The film is casting up quickly, with Eiza Gonzalez and Michael Sheen also coming aboard.

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Bloodshot is a central character in the Valiant Expanded Universe – a comic book universe composed of a diverse array of thousands of characters embodying a wide variety of genres, tones and demographic groups and over 81 million comics sold. Valiant’s superheroes are ordinary people in extraordinary situations rather than gods and demi-gods; they are complex characters that reflect contemporary society, politics, and diversity of the modern world.

Wilson is a director at Blur Studios, the VFX factory owned by Tim Miller, who directed the first Deadpool and is reviving the Terminator franchise. Pic re-teams Fast and the Furious‘ Moritz and Diesel. Sony is hoping to launch a franchise here through the Bloodshot comic universe.

The film fits nicely into Heughan’s hiatus before he returns for Outlander, which recently got a two-season pickup from Starz. Heughan next stars with Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me, which Lionsgate releases August 3.

Outlander stars in Emmy nominations

We have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Starz. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “Counterpart” (J.K. Simmons) and “Vida” (Melissa BarreraMishel Prada), returning Emmy contender “Outlander” (Caitriona BalfeSam Heughan)  as part of their 2018 campaign.

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Below, the list of Starz lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

 

“OUTLANDER”
Drama Series
Drama Actress – Caitriona Balfe
Drama Actor – Sam Heughan
Drama Supporting Actress – Sophie Skelton
Drama Supporting Actor – David Berry, Tobias Menzies, Richard Rankin
Drama Guest Actress – Lotte Verbeek
Drama Guest Actor – Duncan Lacroix

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“ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”
Comedy Series
Comedy Actor – Bruce Campbell
Comedy Supporting Actress – Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver O’Neil
Comedy Supporting Actor – Lindsay Farris, Ray Santiago
Comedy Guest Actor – Hemky Madera, Lee Majors

“COUNTERPART”
Drama Series
Drama Actress – Olivia Williams
Drama Actor – J.K. Simmons
Drama Supporting Actress – Nazanin Boniadi, Sara Serraiocco
Drama Supporting Actor – Mido Hamada, Harry Lloyd, Nicholas Pinnock, Stephen Rea, Ulrich Thomsen
Drama Guest Actress – Jacqueline Bisset, Sarah Bolger
Drama Guest Actor – Guy Burnet, Kenneth Choi, Richard Schiff

 

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