It is definitely understandable if you are still reeling from what happened on last night’s new episode of “Outlander,’ and this can be said even if you are familiar with the Diana Gabaldon book series. After all, the show chose to kill off someone at the Battle of Prestonpans in Angus who does not die at this point in the books, but just as you would expect, the powers that be had a reason for it.
In discussing this decision further in a chat with E! News, executive producer Ronald D. Moore makes it clear that this was a choice made largely as a means to ensure that the fans did feel something as a result of what happened:
“We’re telling a war story, and somebody had to pay the price … Even that particular battle at Prestonpans, the highlanders lost very few men and the British had most of the casualties, but it felt wrong to do a war story and not have our side lose somebody, and not just somebody that steps into the show for an episode and dies, but somebody that actually means something to the audience.”
Part of the struggle that comes with this decision will be having to see Rupert now try to move forward without his partner-in-crime, but that is precisely the struggle that he will have to face. We imagine he will have both some sad and sentimental moments as we move towards Culloden, which is a battle all fans should be well aware of on the horizon.
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