This year, I’ve been watching Outlander alongside Game of Thrones. The STARZ show is based on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which is 90% historical fiction and 10% fantasy. It’s a tightly-focused character drama centering on Claire Randall, who is transported back in time to the Jacobite uprising centered around Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The advantage to Outlander is how focused it is. There are two main characters, Jamie and Claire. And that’s it. Oh sure, sometimes the show does scenes from other POVs, but it’s still just one story, as opposed to the six or seven in Game of Thrones. So for all you people hungering for in-depth politicking, drawn-out tension, and breathing room in general, go watch Outlander. The latest episode, “Prestonpans,” is a great example of the kind of battle episode that really works on TV.
One of the most interesting features of Feast and Dance is the behind-the-scenes movement of the Brotherhood without Banners, particularly under their new leadership. This is post is more aimed at people who might be reading these books for the first time. There’s a lot to miss when it comes to the Brotherhood, so I’m going to lay out some of their background movements. First I’m going to lay out some of their background movements and track their progress, pointing out that they seem to have several companies acting in different theaters of the Riverlands. This section is to help cover some of the bits of Feast and Dance that slip under the radar. Then, we’re going to look at what’s next for our favorite band of merry outlaws, and get into some wacky predictions.