How Much Sex Will There Be In ‘Outlander’?

Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013 05:45 pm GMT -4 by


Let’s talk about sexy baby! OK, let’s actually just talk about the sex in Ronald D. Moore’s (‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Helix‘) upcoming ‘Outlander‘ series on Starz.  Much like ‘Game of Thrones’, the series is based on the fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon and just like ‘Game of Thrones’, there is quite a bit of sex in the books. Unlike the series, however, the sex isn’t quite as important to the point where it would have to be in every other scene. So you might ask, how much of it will we be seeing?

Well Ronald D. Moore recently had an answer to not only the amount of sex that will be on the show but also when and why it will be showing up:

Ron-Moore“We’ll have a lot of sex scenes, but they’ll all seem to have a purpose. And there’s no pressure from on high to sex up Outlander. It’s pretty graphic stuff as it is! We’ve come up with an interesting structure for the wedding night, to tell the story, because it’s one long night. And you’ll get all the stuff that’s in that wedding night. I think people will be happy.”

So how’s that stack up against the current televised fantasy champion? Well it’s almost hard to think of ‘Game of Thrones’ without the nudity and sex with the fact that the show has it’s own porn parody coming out. In fact in teasing on the upcoming forth season the “you know nothing” Kit Harington who plays John Snow did say that he knew one thing: In season four , “There will be plenty of sex.

Moore did stress that the sex seen in ‘Outlander’ will have a purpose and that’s a good thing. While there is a decent amount of sex in the novels, it’s not nearly as important to the overall story as it tends to be within ‘GoT’. After all, this is not only a story about love, but it’s also a story about adventure and intrigue with a splash of time travel filtered in it to  just make it all come together. While the character of Claire wants to find a way back to her own time, that often falls to the background with everything else that is going on throughout the series.

Fortunately for fans of the series though Moore has an important reason to not lose track of the actual plot. His wife is a huge fan of the series! When asked how much trouble he would be in if he did it any injustice his response was:

“A lot! And I would know about it pretty quickly. She’s already said, “I don’t think you should have done this that way.” And I get it, but there’s a reason why we’re doing it. She’ll never let me quite forget: “That’s not the way it should have been!” Ever.”

So fans of the series should have high hopes that they aren’t going to be pandering to the ‘Game of Thrones’ fans in style. They are going try to be true to the story as it was originally told.

If you’re not familiar with the ‘Outlander’ book series, here’s a synopsis of the first book:

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Are you looking forward to the televised adaptation? Are you glad that they aren’t going to be including unnecessary sex scenes that could take away from the storyline? What are your thoughts on the fact that Moore has such an outstanding reason to get things right? Sound off below!

Source: Blastr.

  • SherryLynn

    I am thrilled they are adapting this for TV, I have been adapting it in my head for nearly 20 yrs! As for the sex scenes…bring them on, Diana Gabaldon did not lack intimate moments in her writing, some she left to the imagination some, not so much. There is no need to “sex it up”, it would’t leave much time for the story.

  • LillyRose

    The reasoning is sound. I am sur mr. Moore would do the book justice by himself, but with his wife’s knowledge to boot, I can hardly wait.

  • Karen Addison Craig

    Think it will get a lot of people into the book series! Sometimes all it takes is a visual cue to make people want to read. It is quite the daunting series to folks who aren’t avid readers, with some books as long as 1400+ pages, but I can say that everyone I have introduced the books to have gobbled them up as fast as they could, and been right here with me, impatiently waiting for Diana Gabaldon to write the next book. (The next one, Written in my Own Heart’s Blood, is scheduled to be published in the spring, hopefully coinciding somewhat with the TV series.) It can take up to 5 years after the publishing of the previous book for Ms. Gabaldon to write the next in the series. But if you aren’t much of a reader, there’s plenty of time to get the series in before the ninth (and possibly final) book! Her writing style and storytelling are so immaculate that it causes some readers to have a difficult time reading anyone else’s work, therefore you will see a lot of repeat readers. These are fantastic books to re-read because there is so much in them, you inevitably miss a minor detail in there the first time round.

    I am not concerned with the accuracy of the show, because the story itself demands that there be that accuracy, in addition to the gigantic number of fans that would hunt Mr, Moore down and stone him if he did get anything major wrong, his wife may just poison him if he does. A man’s wife can do wonders for his doing the right thing.

    Sit back, relax, and pick up a copy of Outlander while you are waiting for Starz to finish production. You will not be disappointed!

  • FryeKat

    First of all, Claire doesn’t have “a lover” in the context you’ve implied in your brief description of the first book of the series. Because of the time travel, in a sense, she really is MARRIED to the 1743 Scot Warrier, Jamie, before she “marries” Frank Randall in the late 1930′s. Yes, they are lover’s, but not outside the bounds of marriage.

  • FryeKat

    Secondly, Claire really had no choice in marrying young Jamie Fraser. Thank goodness, or we wouldn’t have the entire Outlander Series, now would we?

  • Pixie

    I don’t think Outlander movie needs to be sexed up but Diana has expertly written the series and I do think most of those scenes written should be in the movie.

  • Deborah J Brown

    I think of all the books I have ever read, the sex/love scenes in the Outlander series are the most REAL and the tv series needs to follow Diana’s lead in how they are portrayed. Her characters have somehow become family members to the fans who have read and re-read her books. We feel like we all have a stake in this and want it to succeed brilliantly. So far, it looks very promising.


  • JaneDoh

    There are no unnecessary sex scenes in the Outlander series!!! Every moment Claire and Jamie spend together is a sex scene. And don’t you Dare edit out the graphic scenes. New fans won’t be able to fall in love with Jamie and Claire like the rest of us have if you try to soften the affect.

  • suefni

    The sex scenes need to be there – but we don’t need to see the graphicness of them necessarily, ie- every little movement. Diana writes realistically, but please don’t turn into porno in any way. I think the conversations that Jamie and Claire have when they are intimate are often crucial to the story though.

  • Alice Palmer

    Every moment that happened was important to the story and the passion between claire and jamie… and we demfinitely want to see that passion!

  • AprilDee

    I think they can include plenty of sex without interfering with the story. There is certainly enough nudity mentioned in the book without it needing to be thrown in gratuitously. I do not mind if the production team uses sex to sell the series–it’s fine by me as it is an essential part of the story. It’s one of the many reasons that I like the series. I see nothing wrong with using it to best advantage. If it brings in more viewers for what is a compelling story that crosses a variety of genres, that’s good too.

    Yes…all the sex scenes are essential to the story. Some of them will be uncomfortable for some viewers. If there is a season two, there are more than a few scenes set in a brothel. Gabaldon does a great job of always keeping her stories interesting and the sex exciting–but yes, those bits are wrapped up in the story at large. In books/television/movies I do think that people like their sex wrapped up in a well-written, well-acted story. In book one, Outlander, along there’s some aspects of domination sex, there’s the adrenaline rushed post-battle “happy to be the victor” sex, there’s the sex in close quarters sex, and quite a lot more that I am not going to mention because it would be too much of a spoiler….so I will just file it under “really scary sex that you don’t want to witness.”

  • Marcie

    Why?? Why sex and nudity? Its so frustrating and hard to find a good period drama without it being soft porn or should I just say pornographic. Isn’t that what the porn channels are for. I just want one network to make a good hi quality family period drama that I can enjoy without having to cover my eyes and feel dirty for looking at others private parts. I was hoping this might be it, but clearly not. What happened to morality? I thought of writing the networks but now I’m wondering if Im in the minority.

    • Hailey

      You should try watching The Village! Its a UK miniseries set around the start of WW1 in small town England. Very few sex scenes in it and the ones that are there are relatively modest and necessary to the story. Its one of my favourite shows at the moment :)

  • Marie Shanahan

    I solidly agree. Graphic, sex scenes take away from the story. There is no need to see that stuff and it is not entertainment. I found myself disliking the “Claire” character as she, in my humble mind, became this “time traveling, sex fiend.” SPACE BIMBO. :) LOL If they cleaned up the show, it would be a runaway, classic. Graphic sex scenes only ruin what is a very good story line and I wish they’d clean it up. It would be nice if it were the type of series a young teen could watch because when (the people are dressed) it’s interesting.