American writer Diana has always been closely involved in the STARZ Outlander adaptation of her novels and now she has revealed there was one scene from season three which could have been very different.
It turns out Scottish star Sam Heughan cares about his character Jamie Fraser so deeply he scrutinises his dialogue for each instalment of the time-travel drama with great detail.
Fans will remember the explosive season three finale Eye of the Storm saw Jamie and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) fighting to survive a massive storm in the middle of the Atlantic ocean which resulted in a brush with death.
Claire nearly drowned in the storm and Jamie used all his might to rescue his beloved wife, but for one agonising second it seemed he was too late.
In that moment Diana Gabaldon’s third book Voyager has a line of dialogue which sees Jamie declaring he’ll “kill” Claire if she drowns.
Yet the author revealed 38-year-old Sam wasn’t happy with it and believe it was not appropriate for his character.
Speaking at a Sony Home Entertainment panel for the show, Diana revealed: “[Executive producer] Matt B. Roberts told me that during that particular scene, Sam didn’t want to actually say the line, which is from the book and Matt put it in the episode too.
Sharing the exact line, Diana said: “‘Sassenach, if you die on me now, I’ll kill you.’”