WARNING: The following article includes references to sexual assault which some readers may find distressing.
Outlander is not known for shying away from difficult subjects and several of the major characters in the series have dealt with traumatic and horrifying moments. One in particular spanned over two seasons with Brianna Fraser (played by Sophie Skelton) trying desperately to recover from her rape by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers) in season four. The previous series - season five - saw her finally get him out of her life as she shot him in the head.
It’s a storyline which has been discussed many times with some fans left uneasy with the inclusion of sexual assault.
But reflecting on the series as a whole, executive producer Maril Davis insisted it was unavoidable and plays a big part in the Outlander story.
When Brianna is assaulted, she is seen entering a room with Bonnet who pushes her onto a table and makes it clear what he’s about to do.
The rape is depicted offscreen as viewers do not witness it but instead see other punters in the pub where Brianna is, look away as they hear her screams from the other room.
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Outlander season 6: Executive producer addresses ‘horrifying’ Brianna Fraser scene (Image: STARZ)
Outlander season 6: Brianna Fraser's rape took place off-screen but she could still be heard screaming (Image: STARZ)
It’s certainly difficult to watch