Outlander has explored some pretty difficult subject matter over its first three seasons. With Season 4 only months away, the series will once again venture into controversial waters when it tackles the subject of rape. Filming for the new season is currently underway in Scotland, and executive producer Ronald D. Moore recently opened up about Brianna’s brutal storyline this season.
In Season 4, fans will watch Brianna (Sophie Skelton) travel back in time to reunite with her mother and father. While everyone is looking forward to Brianna’s reunion with Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), her journey is going to be anything but easy.
As Brianna makes her way back to her parents, she runs into the show’s newest big villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), a smuggler and pirate who ends up raping her.
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This, of course, is not the first time Outlander has featured a rape scene. Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) tortured and raped Jamie back in Season 1. Although there are parallels to their journey, Moore assured fans that the rape scene will be handled differently this time around.
According to Express, Moore explained how he never includes controversial scenes unless they are present in the source material. If the subject is raised in Diana Gabaldon’s books, then Moore and his team take a serious look at it and make a decision on whether or not to include it.
Each situation is different, and Brianna’s rape is such an important part of her story that Moore felt like they had to include it on the show.
“It’s more of a question of how you’re going to do it and what it meant to that story in how you presented it,” Moore explained in the interview, adding that they are handling Brianna’s situation differently than they have in the past.
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Moore did not elaborate on how the rape will play out on the show. He did, however, tease that it will be reflective of the time period and location of the scene. He also said it would fit into the larger story this season and will not be gratuitous by any means.
At the end of the day, Moore just wants the scene to show that rape was common in those times without glorifying it by any measure.
Season 4 of Outlander is based on Gabaldon’s hit novel, Drums of Autumn. The season is expected to premiere sometime in November.