As we close the book (see what I did there?) on week 2 of TWENTY SIX Outlander-less weeks and stare across the vast wasteland between now and then, I tried to think of more things to do to fill the hiatus, and stalking Sam around the planet didn’t really seem like a viable (or ya know, legal) option.
So I decided that we could do a Sunday Question of the Week.
As I was pondering what the virgin, er.. um I mean maiden…um, first question should be, I saw a post on Facebook by Diana about what gets left out of the show vs. what is there and why. The gist of the post is that some of the things we love, while fun to see/hear aren’t really necessary to move the story forward, they just make it richer. And while she has basically as much time and space as she likes, Ron & Co. only have about 48 minutes-ish and so everything needs to move the story forward in some way and that means some of the richer bits have to be left out for the sake of time and motion.
So, with that being said, here’s my Sunday Question (as well as my answer):
What is the scene that you most wanted to see, a scene that, if it were missing, wouldn’t stop the story, but you will (or did) definitely miss?
For me it is a moment at Sir Marcus’s house: (could be a tish spoiler-y if ye’ve no read the books, which you should totally do while you wait, and wait, and WAIT)
“I’m sorry,” I murmured once more.
The good hand pulled suddenly out of my grasp as Jamie raised himself on one elbow. Spitting out the leather gag, he regarded me with an expression between amusement and exasperation.
“Sassenach,” he said, “if you apologize each time ye hurt me, it’s going to be a verra long night–and it’s lasted some time already.”
I must have looked stricken, because he started to reach toward me, then stopped, wincing at the movement. He controlled the pain, though, and spoke firmly. “I know you dinna wish to hurt me. But you’ve no more choice about it than I have, and there’s no need for more than one of us to suffer for it. You do what’s what needed, and I’ll scream if I have to.”
Replacing the leather strip, he bared his clenched teeth ferociously at me, then slowly and deliberately crossed his eyes. This made him look so like an addlepated tiger that I burst into half-hysterical laughter before I could stop myself.
I clapped my hands over my mouth, cheeks flaming as I saw the astonished looks on the faces of Lady Annabelle and the servants, who, standing behind Jamie, naturally could see nothing of his face. Sir Marcus, who had caught a brief glimpse from his seat at the beside, grinned in his spade-shaped beard.
“Besides,” said Jamie, spitting out the leather once more, “if the English turn up after this, I expect I’ll beg them to take me back.”
I picked up the leather, put it between his teeth and pushed his head down again.
~Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
The line “you do what’s needed, and I’ll scream if I have to” has always sort of described Jamie and Claire’s relationship to me. Not just for Outlander , but over the course of their entire story. And Jamie in the act of comforting Claire while he himself is bleeding, bruised, and broken is just so JAMIE for me.
Now, can the story move forward without this 60 seconds or so of dialogue? Yes. If it’s not there, will you know you’ve missed anything and spend the rest of the episode going “wait, what?”. No. Will having it make the story richer? YES. Will it make me happy to have it there? DOUBLE YES.
So, what’s YOUR “gotta have” scene?