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:
“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!