the men of stranger —Sam Heughan, John Berry and Duncan Lacroix—took center stage at New York Comic Con on Sunday, but it was author Diana Gabaldon who delivered some of the best commentary at the panel.
Reflecting on the drama’s early days on Starz, Gabaldon recalled sitting down with Heughan and Caitriona Balfe and talking about the people who love their books. “I’ve never had a bad fan experience,” he recalled telling the duo. “They are wonderful, intelligent and kind. Keep in mind, however, that people with real mental disorders don’t have the intelligence to read one of the books. Television is something else.”
Gabaldon also brought the house down by explaining how you can track the mood on set by viewing diaries for each episode. “I can judge how things are going by the number of times Sam or Caitriona say f–”.
When Heughan asked her who says it the most, she quickly replied, “Caitriona.”
Fans were given the opportunity to submit questions to the panel, which included a query about the stranger characters and who everyone would rather hang out with in real life. Gabaldon had an immediate answer for that. “I’d get along better with Jamie,” he said. “I have been living with him for 50 years and we still get along well.”
She says people often ask her why she made Lord John Gray (Berry) gay. “He just appeared that way,” she said simply. And Grey’s love for Jamie would be unrequited because she “has too many people in love with him already.” Certain.
But his best comment came when discussions turned to the long run for Lacroix, whose character, Murtagh Fraser, should have died on the Culloden battlefield but lasted into season 5. “If we get to season 8, I’ll see what can we do. about Murtagh’s ghost.