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March 07 2017 @ 06:58 am
The curious incident of Claire vs the wolves  
I don't know if spoilers are really necessary for this anymore, but here you go.

Those of you who have read Outlander will remember that there was a scene in the book where Claire[Spoiler (click to open)]fends off a pack of wolves and actually manages to klll one.This occurs after Black Jack Randall pushes her out of Wentworth Prison after he foils her first attempt to rescue Jamie.

That whole Claire vs the wolves scene never made it into the TV adaptation. And we finally know why.

The reason was revealed by Caitriona Balfe during the Emerald City Comic Con last week. Readers of Outlander will also remember that there is an earlier scene in the book involving everyone's priest-you-love-to-hate Father Bain[Spoiler (click to open)]being attacked by dogs. Claire tells him to get his wounds treated otherwise they'll fester. He doesn't, they do, and during the witch trial, he uses that as proof that Claire cursed him.

That Father Bain scene didn't make it into the TV adaptation in Season 1 either.  They tried to film the scene, but the actor who plays Father Bain[Spoiler (click to open)]was actually attacked by the dogs. It kind of horrified everyone on set and led to the decision to not even attempt the wolf scene. Story here.

I, for one, and quite glad that they left this scene out. I always found it ludicrous and excessive and completely unnecessary. It doeesn't add anything to the overall plot and the story reads just fine without it (because I inevitably skip it now when I reread Outlander).
 
 
 
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 7th, 2017 06:33 pm (UTC)
I saw this story online and thought it pretty neat. I'm glad they explained that. I didn't really need to wolf part but I was a little bummed not to see the dogs part but it makes sense now.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on March 9th, 2017 09:47 am (UTC)
I never missed the wolf part, as I also felt it was excessive.

Nice to get an explanation about the dogs though.