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*****WARNING***** This post contains SPOILERS for non book readers and for people who have not seen Season 4 yet.
I am re-reading, or re-Davina’ing, to be accurate, The Fiery Cross – what a pleasure it is to go back and relive these stories! Especially knowing we have the next book coming out this year (💃🏻), and Season 5 right on its heels. We are so lucky!
I don’t usually get too attached to what scenes will be in the next season (since, let’s face it, I have zero control over that), but it is fun to speculate….
I’m only up to Chapter 25 so far in my re-read, so my list will be far from complete. Please feel free to share the scenes you’re hoping to see in Season 5 in the comments section below. There are so many wonderful moments in The Fiery Cross, as in all of Diana’s books, but, these are my top picks (so far)….
I would love to see the opening scene in the book, when Claire wakes up in the tent with Jamie at the gathering, with the feel of Frank’s kiss on her lips. Now, that does mean we’d likely see Frank again, which I wouldn’t mind, if only for a kiss, (i.e., not a whole episode), and a small conversation. In fact, there are lots of already filmed kisses they could choose from to use, and maybe get Tobias in for a ghostly voiceover? (It just occurred to me, in whatever time period Claire finds herself, she always has a ghostly husband around 🤔).
Since a lot of that sequence goes on in Claire’s head, it might be challenging to adapt to film, but opening with an intimate scene between Jamie and Claire would sure be nice… “Sassenach, you’re squirming like a toadling in a wee lad’s fist. Do you need to get up and go to the privy?”
We already know Jamie and Claire do good tent work….
I love this shot from Episode 401; Sam and Cait are both so beautiful, and the lighting is just gorgeous. Very artful.
I am also looking forward to meeting the Bugs.
In fact, I met an actor whom I thought would make an excellent Arch Bug, back in September of 2015, on one of my early OutlanderBTS Adventures (before this blog, and before I was writing about them). I met a couple of Twitter friends (Karenjeanne @purpleiris13 and K6 @kdsixer) in Edinburgh for whisky and dinner. KJ mentioned that Bill Paterson was performing in Waiting for Godot at the Lyceum with Brian Cox, so that night I bought a ticket. It just so happened that after the performance, the director and cast held a brief Q&A, so naturally, I stayed. Afterward, as the crowd filed out of the auditorium, the director and cast walked down the stairs from backstage and joined the throng as we flowed out of the theater. I ended up right beside Bill Paterson, and as we advanced slowly, I told him how much I enjoyed the play (which I did), and that I also enjoyed his performance as Ned Gowan in Outlander. He seemed genuinely thrilled (this was early days, and Outlander had only just premiered in the UK on Amazon Prime in March of that year. It was relatively unknown in the UK still). As we continued to walk and chat, he invited me to join him and some of the cast for a drink, so, I did.
The Lyceum is a beautiful, intimate, venue. I love the little bar area, where incidentally, you can place a drink order before the show, and at intermission, all of the patrons’ drinks are lined up, with receipts, on a little drink ledge that runs around the room. Everyone can relax, have a drink, and have time to chat about the show, before a quick stop at the toilets, and back in for the second half. It’s fabulous! I also saw The Crucible at The Lyceum on another occasion, which was fantastic.
Anyway, Bill’s wife was there, to whom he introduced me, and they had some friends visiting, so I really spent most of the time with other cast members and their families. I think I met Brian Cox, but it’s hard to remember. I did talk with Benny Young, who played the character of Lucky (photo below). My immediate thought when I met him was, this guy would make a PERFECT Arch Bug! The Arch Bug in my imagination, anyway. Here is a photo of Benny…
Photo: Brian Cox (left) and Benny Young (right) in Waiting for Godot.
Here is a head shot of Benny.
I told Benny about the character of Arch Bug, but Season 5 was a far off concept at that time, as they were just filming Season 2! I did send his headshot with a note to Suzanne Smith back in 2015, so, who knows??? Does he look like your idea of Arch Bug?
And who will be cast as Mrs. Bug? Could we suspend our disbelief and welcome back Annette Badland? (I wish!)
Another scene I’d really like to see, is the one between Roger and Jocasta, in her lavish tent at the gathering, when she is testing his motives for marrying Bree, to make sure he’s not just after Bree’s inheritance. Through this exchange, she basically offends the crap out of Roger, and he tells her to “cram it up yer hole!” 😛
I just think Richard Rankin and Maria Doyle Kennedy would absolutely KILL that scene!!!
I’m really looking forward to seeing Jamie toting Jemmy around the gathering, and, in fact, all of the family scenes with the babies. I hope Sam took some baby whispering classes over the break, as last season Sam apparently did not pass his chemistry test with Baby Germain or Baby Jemmy 😕.
We have seen snippets of Jamie with babies over the years, but when I really delve in…
There was the Changeling Baby, which was… er… no a live baby 😬
and Baby Kittie in Season 2… who seems to have been mostly asleep…
And Baby Young Ian in Season 3… who may well have been a wee bundle of laundry.
Now, we know Jamie is GREAT with kiddos…
Jamie and Wee Willie
Jamie and Wee Fergus
Jamie and Preteen Willie
and apparently Sam is good with kiddos too… 😊
If you haven’t seen this video, it’s a must see – Go HERE.
We’ll just hope for the best.
AND, on the off chance,
that Sam sees this post,
knowing how competitive he is,
I’ll just put this wee photo here…
as motivation… 😈
Here’s hoping the King of Men can master the art of babies as well!
Along those lines, I’d greatly love to see the baptismal scene, with Jamie, confessing his sins, particularly the one about the butter churn, and Claire’s reaction! 😄And then the girls slipping in with the children, and they being baptized with whisky, and Roger and Fergus playing their parts too, along with Father Kenneth, Mr. Lillywhite, et al.
And then Roger and Bree’s wedding, of course. Here is another wonderful creation by Vera….
I’m also hoping we get to see the subsequent calling of the clans by Jamie and all that ensues after Roger and Bree’s wedding. I did wonder why, in the book, Jamie doesn’t call Fergus as one of his sons in that segment. Anyone have ideas there? We’ll have to ask Herself perhaps.
In The Fiery Cross, Jocasta is set to marry Duncan Innes at this same gathering; Duncan Innes never shows up in her bed in the show, but Duncan Lacroix does! As Murtagh, of course. Rarrrr.
Season 4, Ep 413, Murcasta!
Will Jocasta be planning to marry Murtagh at the gathering instead? (I actually asked this question in a piece I did during the Droughtlander between Seasons 3 and 4. Looking back, Duncan’s answer to a Season 3 Q&A question is pretty funny. If you haven’t seen that, GO HERE).
An impending wedding between these two would certainly lend itself to added drama involving Tryon and the regulators. And I will love any scene between Maria Doyle Kennedy and Duncan Lacroix, as I think they’re both fabulous.
I would also like to see some of Claire’s healing at the gathering, however, I say this with some trepidation, as we seem to get obnoxious, bossy Claire for the medical scenes in the show. If we can have chilled out, compassionate, talented healer Claire, that would be great.
That’s it for me – those are my top picks (so far ) that I hope will be included in Season 5. I would love to hear yours! xo
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