Could ‘Outlander’ Have Ended with Book 3?

Fans of Outlander often point out all the ways the series is different from the book series by author Diana Gabaldon. One thing they also note is that the television series could have ended with the third Outlander book, Voyager. Here’s why fans feel the third season could have been the last.

This fan wants to know why Season 3 is so different from book 3

Outlander cast | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IMDb
Outlander cast | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IMDb

A fan took to Reddit to ask why Season 3 is so different from Outlander book 3. She explained she’s reading all the books before viewing the corresponding episodes, and she noticed a significant difference between the two. Here’s what she had to say:

I’ve been reading the books before watching the show and haven’t been displeased with the way season one and two went, but season 3 is so different. The differences with Jenny, telling Claire about Willie and Grey and really 50% of the season. Is it just the way the show is going and will continue to go farther from the books in the future or is this season just the oddball?

Another fan said Season 4 deviates even more   

Devoted fans of the Outlander series also picked up on the differences between Season 3 and 4. Although one fan noticed Season 4 had even more differences than Season 3, she said she enjoyed the contrast:

Season 4 has even more differences than season 3. I actually like some of the differences and am looking forward to Season 5 now. I’m on to the third or fourth cycle through each of the books and am nearly finished watching Season 1 (again). I just enjoy them independently.

Outlander could have easily ended with book three according to viewers

One viewer said she sees Outlander as a trilogy and that Jamie and Claire’s story could have easily ended after the third installment:

I kind of think of the series as a trilogy, ending about halfway through the third book when Claire gets back. . . The series could have ended well there. Everything after feels different because our characters are different. Twenty years does a lot! That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy the later books, because I do, immensely! But it definitely feels like the launching of an epic.

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