Written by: Blake Larsen
Mary and Blake had the pleasure of speaking with Outlander writer’s assistant/ writer Richard Kahan on Outlander Cast recently. You can find the audio interview here. But this article is completely separate as we explore twelve personal questions with Richard that were not included in the original interview. Click “read more” to find out more about the person Richard Kahan – including his favorite show, dream job, celebrity crush, his little known sock fettish and much more.
OC: Favorite episode of Outlander?
RK: You know I gotta go with The Garrison Commander and not just because I watched it come together but for me it’s a satisfying episode of television. It has everything that I as a viewer outside of this show, it has everything I look for. There’s great perfomances, there’s drama, there’s action, intrigue, I think it’s a pretty perfect episode of television
OC (Blake): Richard, I knew I liked you, that’s my favorite episode too.
OC: Did you like the ending of the Soprano’s?* Did you “get” it? Or did you think your TV was broke like a lot of people?
RK: I got it! I thought it was amazing! It’s one of those things that even if you don’t “get it” (or whatever that even means) I think that every piece of art (and that’s what television and film is) everyone should take something different away from it. You know, when two people stand next to each other staring at a Jackson Pollock, everyone has different opinions. You should. That’s why when I’m at an art gallery I never read the little thing even though that’s what the artist wants you to know. I want my own interpretation. I think if you sat up and said, “wow that’s amazing!” Or, “um, is my TV broken?” and you start hitting it, or throwing your shoe at it, I think that all of those takeaways are valid. And, as it should be.
OC: Favorite show that’s on TV right now other than Outlander?
RK: Ohhh that’s tough. I’m gonna have to go with Louie. I love Louie CK’s show. I think it’s so brilliant, sardonic and just specific and, I’m ashamed to say this but I’ve never been to New York, and I watch that show and I feel like I understand why one would love the good and bad of New York as someone who lives there. And I think that’s a huge thing. I love that. I also love Peaky Blinders which I’ve been watching on Netflix, and House of Cards too. But Peaky Blinders is really quite smart and, specific. I love it.