‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Approved of Sam Huegan’s Additions to Jamie Fraser’s Character

Diana Gabaldon is not overly optimistic about her words. She supports her television switchover Outlander books, and of course she is a consultant on display. So when star Sam Heughan put some lines to himself, it didn’t bother her.

Sam Heughan in Outlander
Sam Heughan | Starz

Gabaldon and Heughan were on the panel of the Television Critics Association in 2016 to get a preview of the second season of Outlander. Gabaldon considered a situation in which Heughan developed her words. Five quarters of Outlander streaming on Starz.

Diana Gabaldon did not intend to have a voice in ‘Outlander’ on TV

Gabaldon may have intended to take a hands-on approach when Ronald D. Moore changed the Outlander books. However, she was glad Moore and showrunner Maril Davis asked her to stay involved.

“It’s been good from my point of view,” Gabaldon said. “They introduced me to an amazing level. When we first made the contract, my agent said to me, ‘Well, they make you a consultant. This is basically a way of getting them to pay you more. They may use you, they may not. They’re probably paying you to stay away, basically, and that’s what usually happens. If they want to use you, they’ll let you know. ‘”

Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe
LR: Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

Gabaldon accepted Heughan’s offer, but still made her own change.

“I turned to my co-writer and said,‘ We have to have that, but they can move to the end. ‘There you go. So [it’s a] a very collaborative process, not only with Ron and Maril, but with all the actors, and to some extent, with the team, as well. So it’s been great. ”

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