If you’re watching Outlander, you know what’s happening this Saturday. If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering and worrying about this episode ever since you knew they were filming the series.
I’ve already watched a few scenes while peeking through my fingers. This will be another one. I could see things clearly enough just reading the book. The excellent work of the TV series will probably make it more real than I can handle. I may close my eyes completely. Some things I don’t HAVE to see.
Yeah, I know it’s fiction. I also know that things like this, and WORSE, happen to real people. Which makes it even harder to watch.
In the end, it’s always a comfort to remember these are actors and they all went home at the end of the day. I suspect that filming this was not easy for any of them, but hey – it’s a job. It’s pretend. They have costumes and sets and fancy lighting and tiny segments of filming followed by many minutes or hours of make-up adjustments, set adjustments, lighting adjustments, or new camera angles. They get a moment to breathe and remember “I am not this character,” before they have to sink back into it and lose their own humanity to the monster for another segment of filming.
This is an important scene. It defines the characters for the entire rest of the series. We Never Forget. But we do go on, and life becomes Good.