Photo: Jamie and Claire, Starz
It’s my practice to do a leisurely re-read of the corresponding book prior to each new tv season of Outlander. Season 6 is based on A Breath Of Snow And Ashes (ABOSAA), and possibly some Book 7, An Echo In The Bone (we haven’t had validation of that yet, to my knowledge. ABOSAA is a huge book, the longest of all of them, in fact, at 1157 pages, with an extraordinary amount of “scenes” that take place in the story. I recently did a post about which storylines I hope will be in Season 6 (My Hopes and Predictions for Season 6 Storylines), which admittedly contains way too much for a 12 episode season, but hey, why not dream big?
The writers had their work cut out for them, to “break” ABOSAA. Breaking a book is one of the first steps that happens in preparation for a new season. I attended the Thru The Stones fan convention in December of 2018, in Davenport, Iowa, (a very well done convention, that I highly recommend, by the way, they are gearing up for the next one this December of 2021). Ron D. Moore (Executive producer & Seasons 1-3 Showrunner) and Terry Dresbach (Seasons 1-4 Costume Designer, and Ron’s wife) were two of the Outlander guests there. One of the many well thought out and worthwhile sessions was an interview of Ron, done by Terry. During that, Ron went over the writing process, in detail…
Claire sees Tom Christie punishing Malva with switches, and tells Jamie, they talk about Jamie spanking Claire right after they were married, and Jamie tells her about talking to Granny McNab about Jenny letting Ian spank her, and Granny McNab saying it’s because of Ian’s leg. Making it clear to Ian and maybe to herself as well that she still thought he was a man – leg or no. How great would it be to have a Jenny and Ian flashback! (Spanking or no!)
Claire finds Malva murdered in her garden, and tries to save her unborn child, but fails.
Jamie and Young Ian attempt to rescue Claire from Gov Martin, and Tom Christie turns himself in, confessing to Malva’s murder.
Mandy’s birth (I’m thinking maybe they might do a redux of Jemmy’s for this?).
Claire discovers Mandy’s heart murmur 😢
Jamie gives Claire a gemstone and she throws it out the window, meaning, she is staying in the past with him, always.
Allan Christie, Claire, and Young Ian at Malva’s grave 😬