‘Outlander’ Season 1 Finale Spoilers: Ron Moore Previews Controversial Male Sexual Assault Scene, But Is It Worse Than Rape Of A Woman?


'Outlander' Season 1 Finale Spoilers: Ron Moore Previews Controversial Male Sexual Assault Scene
'Outlander' Season 1 Finale Spoilers: Ron Moore Previews Controversial Male Sexual Assault Scene

A lot of attention has been centered around the upcoming “Outlander” season 1 finale, and recent spoilers allude to the controversial scene that fans and critics believe everyone will be talking about.

Deemed “horrific” and “shocking” by various publications, the “Outlander” season 1 finale will reportedly have a scene depicting male rape, and it is a storyline that executive producer Ron Moore has been preparing for since the series began.

“Right from the beginning, we all knew this was the end of the book, so there was going to be some pretty dark stuff out there waiting at the end,” said Moore according to E! Online.

“So when we were doing the initial breakdown of the 16 episodes, we started looking for opportunities to set that up.

The writers, we talked early about laying track to get us to the end of the show…and all the way through the season, we were sort of always aware of where we were going, laying things along the route to sort of give you fair warning and also correctly build the arc so it paid off in the right way.” Given that many viewers have not read the books, Moore also admits that some will be completely shocked by the scene.

“We were sort of aware, all along, in a larger sense, that there would be repercussions on the episode,” he admitted.

“That you know, people were going to see it, and it was volatile material, and it was going to be certainly controversial.

Some people would hate it, some people would love it.

It would have various sociopolitical connotations to it for a variety of reasons, but we always kind of tried to shove that aside and not think about it and talk about it, because that wasn’t our job.

Our job was to do this drama and translate this story and to do it as best we can.” However, some observers who know what the scene will depict, feel the controversy surrounding it is melodramatic, given the depiction of female rape that has preceded in television.

“Interesting that the sexual assault of a male is described as ‘the ugliest scene ever on TV,’ yet the pervasive sexual assault of women on TV (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ ‘Scandal’) rarely if ever elicits a reaction,” wrote Crawford on E! Online.

   

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