That was not easy watching for a Sunday morning!!
Last night saw the finale to the first series of Outlander.
So as I had my morning coffee with the rest of the family in bed, I settled down to watch an hour of the most harrowing TV I think I’ve ever watched.
This is the adaptation of the first book in a series that I started reading nearly 20 years ago.
I’ve waited so long to see it brought to the screen and when I found out it was finally being made into a series I was both excited and scared.
Excited because the books are incredible! The story, the people, the scenery, the descriptions that bring it all to life, Diana Gabaldon really does her research to get it all right.
Scared because I know how the first book ends and it doesn’t end well for the hero of the books, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
Doubly scared because I didn’t know if the TV series would be able to do the books any justice.
I needn’t have worried.
The series was in good hands with Ron Moore and his wife , Terry Dresbach, who is a big Outlander fan herself, did an amazing job researching and making all the costumes!
Sixteen episodes later and we have been taken through every emotion imaginable.
We have seen Claire, struggling with her concience about abandoning her husband in 1945, we have seen her falling in love with Jamie, ‘we‘ have fallen in love with Jamie!
We learned about the history between Jamie and Jack Randall and we learned to despise ‘Black’ Jack Randall.
This all lead up to the finale.
A finale that has broken quite a big barrier for TV and depicted in quite some detail, the torture, rape and breaking of a man.
These were the scenes from the book that I knew were coming at the end of this first series.
For 15 episodes, I knew in the back of my mind that this was going to happen.
It worried me.
I didn’t know what I was expecting but I knew that if they were going to stay as true as possible to the book, and up to episode 15 they had, then episode 16 was going to be excruciating to watch.
I wasn’t wrong.
Throughout the episode we see Jamie slowly broken, both in body and soul.
Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies did an astounding job with very difficult material and as difficult as it was to watch, they got it right!
I can now breath a sigh of relief.
The hard bit is over and I can’t wait for series 2 to start airing in the Autumn!!
So that’s it then?
Half way through the first season of Outlander and now we’re having a hiatus.
The americans love to have a hiatus.
How long will this break be?
I may just cry.
They can’t do that to me.
I waited 15 years after my first reading of Outlander (Cross Stitch) to see this brought to the screen.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think they would get it as right as they did and now, just as we are really getting into the swing of things, they’re having a break.
Well, with any luck, in that time a UK TV channel will be smart enough to buy it and air it.
So where have they left us?
‘I’ll thank ye,’ said a cool, level voice, ‘to take your hands off my wife.’
Jamie was crouched in the window frame, a large, brass-handled pistol braced across one forearm.
I know what’s coming in the next episode.
It will be interesting to see how far they take it and what kind of a reception it will get.
Outlander spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know anything.
I can’t believe we are already up to episode 6 of Outlander.
It only seems like 5 minutes ago I was waiting for months in anticipation of it starting!
Thankfully, all that waiting has been worth it.
The series so far has been amazing.
I am awestruck at how accurate the characters have been.
My favourite book has quite literally been coming alive.
Now that I am re-reading the second book, I am finding it even more enjoyable now that I can put the faces to the characters.
Last night’s episode was hard to watch.
The entire episode was set around Claire’s meeting with the General of the local Garrison, accompanied by Dougal who was not exactly welcomed warmly.
Things were going well and Claire was offered escort to Inverness which would mean the chance for her to get back to the standing stones at Craig Na Dun and the possibility of getting back to her own time.
All well that is, until the arrival of Captain Jack Randall!!
The Garrison are thrown on alert after an attack and Claire is left alone with Randall who regales her of the story of Jamie’s flogging.
100 lashes, twice in a week!!
We’ve seen the mess Jamie’s back is in in previous epsiodes.
This episode went into the whole sordid story as told by Black Jack Randall.
This is the moment you learn to hate him with a passion, as does Claire.
However, this is also where the books take a crucial turning point.
After managing to leave the Garrison with Dougal on the promise that he hand her over to Fort William for more questioning tomorrow, Dougal comes up with a plan to protect her.
Yes, next weeks episode is going to be very interesting indeed!!
Although I don’t understand the ‘only two episodes left’ statement.
I know they have made 16 episodes for the first season.
Are we going into a hiatus? I know the americans love their hiatus’
However, I find them very frustrating!!!
I still cannot believe this show hasn’t been picked up by a UK channel.
It’s almost as if they are holding off until after the vote for Scottish independence!
Do they think that a reminder of times past will sway the vote to ‘Yes!!’
All I know is that it will be a crying shame if this show doesn’t make it to UK TV.
For a show based in the UK and filmed in the UK it just seems preposterous that it isn’t shown in the UK!
Anyway, it’s going to be a long week before episode 7!