Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series were quick to notice that Outlander changed a minor detail in the Season 4 premiere. In the last few scenes of the opening act, the show’s newest villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers) nabbed one of Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) most prized possessions: her wedding ring from Jamie (Sam Heughan). While Bonnet does steal something from Claire in the books, it was not Jamie’s wedding ring.
In Drums of Autumn, Bonnet actually steals a gold band belonging to Claire’s former husband, Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). We last saw Frank in Season 3, right before Claire went back into time to reunite with Jamie. So why did the series decide to go a different route than the books?
According to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Ronald D. Moore opened up about the change during an appearance at the Savannah College of Art and Design Film Festival.
Moore revealed that they changed the story because they needed Brianna (Sophie Festival) to recognize the item Bonnet steals at a later date.
As fans are well aware, Brianna travels back in time this season to reunite with her parents.
“…The plain gold band wouldn’t be noticeable as like, ‘Oh that’s clearly my mother’s ring,’ whereas the other one clearly would. So that’s kind of why we made that change,” Moore explained.
Moore was at the event to screen the premiere of Season 4 and talk about what’s ahead. He was joined by several Outlander stars, including Balfe, Skelton, John Bell (Ian Murray) and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield). Executive producer Maril Davis was also on hand to discuss the new season.
This season will follow Jamie and Claire as they establish new lives for themselves in the American colonies.
Apart from facing Bonnet this season, Balfe and Heughan revealed that the couple will have trouble adjusting to their new lives, especially when it comes to questions of morality, such as slavery. Exactly how they handle these tough situations is yet to be seen.
Season 4 of Outlander continues Sunday nights on Starz.