Let’s be frank: The Outlander Twitterverse can be a dangerous place for cast and crew to enter. While predominantly a forum for happy sharing and announcements and fan love, it periodically swirls into a toxic soup of some fairly strange behavior where people forget that if you wouldn’t say it to the person’s face, then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn’t type it either.
Given the inability to gauge on any given day exactly which fans you’re dealing with and how they might actually respond to something you type, I remain amazed and appreciative that Outlander folks still jump in to the Twitter feed on a fairly regular basis. We had two recent brave souls: Caitriona Balfe, who celebrated reaching 200,000 Twitter followers with a one-hour #AskCait Twitterfest, and a few days before that, writer extraordinaire and co-executive producer Matt B. Roberts. In case you missed it, here, without further delay, are 10 things we learned from Roberts’ tweets about Season 3.
That’s because, dear TV-only fans, it IS A VERRA BIG DEAL. IT IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN THE ENTIRE THIRD BOOK/SEASON AND WE ARE ALL FREAKING OUT AND CONCERNED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT PRODUCERS AND WRITERS WILL DO IT RIGHT!
Deep breaths, Janet, deep breaths.
Later a fan asked how much this scene would make us cry and Roberts responded, “I‘m not sure…but there might not be enough tissue in the world.”
Let’s just say that I was glad to hear, given Roberts’ writing past and his admission he’s writing two/three episodes, that the print shop is on his radar. And I, for one, am hoping he’s on the writing team that creates this scene.
Sadly, the behind-the-scenes coffee table edition is not in the cards, according to his Tweet Fest; Starz owns anything related to the show. He could do Scottish landscape images but that’s about it. Also, this tweet tidbit: Roberts turns to photography when he’s feeling stressed and overworked.
4. He can’t speak Gaelic. But really, who can?
6. Roberts’ favorite interior sets so far are the Great Hall and the Star Chamber. The only one I would add is Master Raymond’s Apothecary Shop. Not since Diagon Alley have I wanted to visit a fictional creation more.
And, finally, bringing this full circle, the most challenging part of bringing these book adaptations to life on the screen? “The most challenging thing is bringing to life what 26 million people have imagined 26 million different ways.”
As usual — perfectly said, Mr. Roberts, perfectly said.
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