Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Outlander: Diana Gabaldon book 5 choice sees Jamie and Claire feature less than Brianna? | Books | Entertainment

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Outlander season five and The Fiery Cross

So far Outlander fans are largely enjoying the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s series of historical time travel novels from the page to screen, and Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe’s incarnations of married couple Jamie and Claire have become truly beloved. Some have been less impressed with the lack of romance in the pair’s relationship in season four, which saw Jamie and Claire turn grandparents and put Brianna Randall Fraser and Roger MacKenzie in the spotlight much more. But that might be only a small change compared to what’s ahead in season five, as the fifth novel spends a great deal of time dealing with a traditional gathering ceremony at Frasers Ridge, as well as Brianna and Roger’s official wedding.

The gathering sees a number of different events take place, and in the novel takes up a great deal of time.

One Reddit fan shared their worries for the series going forward following the increased screen and page time of Roger and Brianna.

targaryentatas said: “Roger and Brianna as a couple is a no-go for me. I am not a fan. They are not remotely as compelling to me as Jamie and Claire.

“My question is, in the books, will Roger and Brianna get less, an equal amount, or more attention than Claire and Jamie? I want to brace myself for the future because I am sure that the show closely follows the books.

“If you love Roger and Brianna, it’s all good,” they assured.

Unfortunately, many fans replied warning there are often whole sections focusing more on the younger generation, and that the gathering in particular, frustratingly sees much less of Jamie and Claire and hones in on Roger and Brianna’s relationship, the wedding, and the traditional ceremony around it.

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So should fans of the original couple make peace with a Roger and Brianna-heavy season five?

There are plenty of Outlander fans who adore the characters, but it’s easy to see why the gentle shift away from Jamie and Claire being the sole focus – the last time this was the case was probably in the third book, titled Voyager – has left many feeling disappointed.

Another fan shared their worries for the length of the gathering sequence as a whole, saying: “I mean, we haven’t seen the Gathering yet, but if it’s half as long as Fiery Cross, I fear we’re all going to be watching season 5 until we’re old and grey, not that there’s anything wrong with that…”

“I am in the minority but I didn’t mind the Gathering in the book,” another offered.

“It wasn’t riveting but I liked reading about them all together as a family.”

Meanwhile another book fan was pleased with how the STARZ show adapted Gabaldon’s third novel.

Voyager divided things into completely different sections, and covered a period of over 20 years between Jamie and Claire after they were separated following the battle of Culloden. While the first half follows their lives in different centuries, the final section sees them reunite and plunged into another adventure travelling the seas.

Reflecting on the story, Purple4199 said: “I felt the whole scenario in ‘Voyager’ when they are traveling to Jamaica after Claire gets taken away on the British ship and how that played out was a bit much.

“Jamie sneaks aboard the man-of-war, then washes up and become leader of Spanish soldiers somehow. Then after they get Claire back they are boarded by pirates and she gets slashed in the arm by one of them. I felt the show condensed all of that in a good way that didn’t seem too over the top to me,” the reader added.

Outlander book nine Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone is expected to be released in 2020.

Outlander season five airs on STARZ and Amazon Prime Video February 16.

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