WARNING: The following article features major spoilers from Outlander season four.
Outlander fans are getting ever more excited about the return of the time-travel STARZ show in November, but many book fans are wondering exactly how the series is going to portray the reintroduction of Roger Mackenzie (played by Richard Rankin) and the great misunderstanding that follows.
When Brianna (Sophie Skelton) travels through the stones, she faces a devastating storyline that propels her into the rest of the season after she is raped.
The evil character who does this is Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) and will be a major factor in the next run, but before that Jamie (Sam Heughan) makes a grave mistake when he meets Brianna’s boyfriend Roger.
Plunged into the past, a scared and inexperienced Roger makes the bizarre choice to declare he is there to “claim his wife” Brianna, which results in a deadly altercation with Jamie and his nephew Young Ian (John Bell).
Unable to contain his rage, Jamie beats Roger completely unaware of his true identity and Roger is faced with trying to survive before the mistake is finally cleared up.
In a new theory, Roger makes a completely different choice in the STARZ hit, leading to an entirely new plot for the character.
If Roger proceeds more sensitively, things between the duo won’t spiral out of control so quickly, and Jamie won’t feel the need to defend his daughter’s honour.
What’s more, if Jamie actually has the time to discover Roger’s first name, the 20th Century Scot won’t end up banished away from Claire and Brianna for the foreseeable future.
Luckily, Brianna ends up rescuing her beloved with a simple sketch in Diana’s novel The Drums of Autumn, and the whole misunderstanding is resolved, but will producers wish to shelve such a prominent character when they could easily shift the scene instead?
The author recently teased the return of another major character in the form of Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix).
Speaking at a Sony season three DVD event, the writer shared her true feelings on the change from her books to the screen, as the show writers decided to keep him alive.
Diana shared: “I know because I’ve seen most of season four so far. It’ll be all right.
“That’s all I can tell you about it. As far as I’m concerned, this character is dead. But the show is the show, and the book is the book, so they have latitude.
“They can do things, and by and large, I enjoy the novel things that they do.”
Diana went on to explain the various challenges by saying: “You know they can’t just take a piece, a piece, and a piece, and film it that way.
“They take a piece from here, and a piece from here, and Toni’s particularly good at taking elements from the book and combining them in a novel way and putting these really interesting little bits of bridgework in to make it all fit into a seamless fold, and so it’s fascinating to watch.”
“So, in so far as they’ve done that with Murtagh, like I said, I think it works,” she added.
Outlander season 4 returns to STARZ and Amazon Prime Video November 4.