A fan asked for a more JC centred S5. To which Maril said:

owlnguava:

“We can’t always accommodate everyone but we hear everyone. Appreciate the respectful comment! :)”

On the heels of this reply, came her straight answer in a Hollywood Reporter interview, which incidentally detailed all the plot points and spoilers in the finale just before the episode aired.

“According to Davis, a large part of season five’s focus is on the Bree/Roger relationship. “Brianna and Roger really haven’t, as a married couple, been in the same place at the same time,” she says. “And actually even as a dating couple, they haven’t been in the same place at the same time. And now they have a child together! The only important thing we needed to do at the end of that story for this season is have Roger accept the child as his own, whether or not that child is a blood child of his or not. That was very important because there’s still a lot of open-ended questions.“

No mention of Jamie and Claire except a brief mention of Jamie’s militia. I don’t understand the logic of this whole thing so I can only assume that maybe their S4 numbers are really strong and Broger are pulling in all the views that they’ve decided to finally get rid of the pesky book fans, and Jamie & Claire lovers. 

If that’s true, I dare them to have the guts to kill Jamie and Claire off in a fire in the opening episode of S5, and rename Fraser’s Ridge “Randall’s Ridge” cos Jem will be christened Frank Randall jr who’s gonna inherit the ridge.

You know what non-book readers and neutral fans in China said about this season?On one of the biggest streaming platforms (for obvious reasons the Mainlanders do not have official access to most western media), below are the top comments :

“Congratulations this season has successfully turned itself into an utter crap.”“Everything from their make-up, costumes, the set and props are professionally done, actors are pretty, but the plot is soap opera and illogical which fail to be relatable to audience. At times I feel bad because I can’t feel sympathetic at all to these characters.”“What is the point of this season except seeing [Sophie’s] nudity? Haha, they keep developing f**king dumb plots.”“The writers have maliciously written the female lead [Claire] as dumb as possible this season for the sole purpose of stunt value and serving unnecessary soap opera.  I have only watched two episodes but I can’t help my rant.”“Anyone who dislikes Bree? I am the first to raise my hand.  Is Roger a real man to leave her alone?”“I dislike Broger. Why they even bothered travelling back in time at all?  Bug off back to the future!!!|"I keep fast forwarding the whole episode after Bree’s reunion with her parents.”“I almost give up this show.”

For background information, S4 has more than 3.1 million views on this platform. Is it a lot? No. Sex Education has almost 13 million views and Killing Eve 31 millions. This figures mean there are more Chinese audience than you have thought. These audience watch a lot of American or British series. In the case of Outlander, they are likely non-book readers and have no loyalty for the story in the books, the production, the leads, the author and etc. They watch to enjoy the show, they don’t care whether the plots are in the books or not.  They are not But they call out the show like many of us do on Tumblr.

They don’t even criticise heavily about the lacking of Jamie and Claire. Among some 3000 comments, they commented the unrelatable characterisation of the “new leads”, the inconsistent characterisation of the “former leads”, the soap-opera like plots, unnecessary melodrama.  With or without JC, this season is boring and dragging and underwhelming in the eyes of the neutral fans on the other side of the earth.

If Maril et al can’t handle the truth, as my friend @owlnguava said, I dare them to continue to diminish JC/SC. But please have the decency of not using them to plug their new favorites. Let Broger/SR shoulder their own show.


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