The TV drama Outlander swept historical fiction enthusiasts up into their plotlines at the start of episode one. As season five progresses through with the show’s narrative, it has since developed a dedicated, vast following. So much so that Outlander’s Executive Producers Matthew B. Roberts and Maril Davis have created commentary videos reflecting on each episode.
These online videos not only allow fans to dip their toes into collected streams of Outlander consciousness during the shows off-season “Droughtlander”, but they also give insight to the behind-the-scenes developments of the show. This insight has told of some crazy facts that the Outlander fandom wouldn’t have been privy to without the commentary.
10 Bear McCreary’s Wife Raya Yarbrough Is The Vocalist To The Sky Boat Song
Bear McCreary is the show’s musical composer, so it’s to be expected that the musician would put his heart and soul into the musical number; but McCreary went the extra mile to include his wife, singer/songwriter, Raya Yarbrough, as the vocalist for the famed “The Sky Boat Song”.
Up through season five, the lines and instrumentals of Outlander’s theme song vary depending on the show’s location and time period; however, McCreary’s instrumental mixed with Yarbrough’s remain iconically haunting and incredibly emotionally moving.
9 The Decision For Jamie To Put His Kilt Back On In The Premiere Episode Of Season 5 Differed From The Book
The Executive Producers wanted to make the moment when James (Jamie) Fraser (Sam Heughan) finally dons his kilt a powerful statement, so instead of the Scot putting the kilt on at River Run, as it happened in Diana Gabaldon’s novel, Jamie opens up his trunk full of his Scottish artifacts and sports the green and blue kilt during the evening of his daughter’s wedding.
During which the red coats were present and demanding his compliance in turning over Murtagh Fitzgibbons (Duncan Lacroix). As the laird of clan Forbes walks out of the room with his kilt, he says “I’ll give him a Scot.”
8 The Scene Where Jamie And Brianna Meet Was Rewritten
In order to perfectly encapsulate the moment of which Jamie meets his adult daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) for the first time, the show’s producers scrapped their initial writing of the moment in order to stick as close to the book as possible. Initially, the script was written to show them walking down the street with the sun behind them, which would cause the two characters to be silhouetted when claire looks up as sees the two of them interacting for the first time.
However, after much deliberation, Executive Producer, Meril Davis, decided to keep the moment as it was written in the book. The producers thought it would make the moment much more authentic. They even found a bench to put on set for the two characters to sit and acquaint at.
7 Tobias Menzies’s Last Day On Set Was When The Show Filmed The Twin Bed Scene
Tobias Menzies, who plays both Frank Randall and Jonathan Randall, wrapped filming in his 1960’s character’s silk pajamas. In the second episode of season 3, the episode wraps with the camera on Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Frank in opposite twin beds, which is a stark symbol for where their relationship is heading.
The shot not only alarms viewers of the drifting characters on screen, but it also shows the separation of characters in the space which is sadly befitting of Menzies’s last day on set. According to the producers, it was a very somber moment to not only say goodbye to a character but also the actor.
6 Caitriona Balfe Sang The Heartbreaking Tune To Faith Which Lead To The Cutting Of A Voiceover
The episode, “Faith”, is not only known as the climax of the French plotline but also the heartwrenching delivery of Claire’s stillborn daughter who the episode was named after. Amid the delivery, Claire is stricken with grief and a realization of the minimal memories she has of her own mother.
According to Executive Producer, Toni Graphia, there initially was a voiceover for the internal line where Claire discusses the lack of motherly memories aside from a tune her mother would sing her. The producers decided that Balfe’s tune was so moving that they didn’t need the voiceover about Clarie’s mother because the scene was about Claire and her stillborn baby, rather than the memory of her own mother.
5 The Parisian Dresses Were 3-Feet Wide And Caused Some Casting Hiccups At The Dinner Table
Episode 204 had a prominent dinner scene, were the executive producers wanted to fit 16 people around a large dining table. At first, it seemed like a doable feat; however, once the cast entered the room, the producers realized that not everyone would fit.
This realization was attributed to the width of the female costumes; each dress was 3 feet in diameter. In order to solve this problem, more men sat at the table than women.
4 The Swordplay Scene Of Episode 2×02 Was Not In The Book
Filmed in the French courtyards, Murtagh Fitzgibbons and Jamie Fraser partake in friendly swordplay. This scene upsets the Parisian aristocrats also in the outside space as well as shows the notion of discomfort that the Scottish characters are feeling in a new land. The scene ends with Jamie saying “Dueling is outlawed in France.” and Murtagh turning around in bafflement.
This scene was created to portray the characters’ discomfort and services the storyline well by providing a needed emotional context to the characters within this courtyard.
3 Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, And Sophie Skelton Attribute Their First Acting Roles To The Same Theatrical Production
According to a behind-the-scenes clip, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Sophie Skelton, who plays Claire Fraser, James Fraser, and Brianna MacKenzie respectively, attribute their first acting roles to the same play narrative: Oliver.
While the production was the same story, the cast did not work together on the same production.
2 Caitriona Balfe And Sam Heughan Actually Ride Their On-screen Horses
Because the producers wanted Outlander to feel authentic, when the actors were cast in their roles, they had 2 weeks of boot camp in order to teach them how to fight, speak Gaelic, handle weapons, and ride horses.
When it comes to horseback riding, Sam Heughan gets very excited when his character gets to ride a horse. In a Livestream from the Facebook NYC Studios, Caitriona Balfe claims to have lied in the hiring process by claiming she already knew how to horseback ride but has since learned how to ride due to her role as Claire.
1 Shooting The Wedding In Season 5 Took 7 Days
Because of the intricacy of the premiere episode of season 5, there were many details needing to perfect; thus, the wedding of Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) took a full week to film. Cast members say mud was an issue.
According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, there were only 2 versions of Brianna’s white/cream-colored wedding dress, so it was an arduous task to keep the costume in pristine condition throughout the many takes.
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