'Outlander' spin-off: Lord John Grey's miniseries is the need of the hour

We have a long wait till season 5 and 6 of 'Outlander' comes out, so when faced with 'Droughtlander' spinoff would be the siler lining


                            'Outlander' spin-off: Lord John Grey's miniseries is the need of the hour

Given the long arduous 'Droughtlander', that 'Outlander' fans are being subject to, a spin-off series only makes sense.

The author of 'Outlander' series Diana Gabaldon has penned several spin-offs based on familiar characters and that only calls for a potential spinoff, especially after the massive success of Starz's time-traveling show.

As mystical and intriguing 'Outlander' is, the spin-off series are equally fantastical featuring historical elements, romance, mystery, and adventure so it's a perfect recipe for yet another hit show. One that definitely calls out to be recognized is a recurring character on 'Outlander,' who has become an ultimate fan-favorite - Lord John Grey. Gabaldon has a separate series of novellas for this particular character, called the Lord John series, a sequence of novels and shorter works that can be generally categorized as historical mysteries.

Lord John Grey in Blood of My Blood season 4 (Starz)
Lord John Grey in Blood of My Blood season 4 (Starz)

Grey's character is played by David Berry in Starz's show and has successfully managed a massive fan following. In the show, Grey is an adversary cum friend to the protagonist, Jamie Fraser, and Grey is not-so-secretly in love with Jamie. His unrequited love is so paramount that Grey is fathering Jamie's child with Geneva Dunsany, and in the last season, he even agreed to marry Brianna Fraser, Jamie's daughter, just so she could be spared of shame in the 18th century America, for being pregnant without a husband.

There have been ways, the Englishman has wooed our hearts in the show, ever since we met him in the third season as Jamie's foe-turned-friend. But book readers know that Grey's universe is even more in the books, where he is the protagonist.

Last year, when an 'Outlander' fan asked Gabaldon if there's any chance to get a John Grey spin-off, she replied, "Who knows? Interest Has Been Expressed, is about all I could tell you."

 



 

With a total of six novellas and three novels in the John Grey series, there's enough material to be a full-running TV show. Described in the books as "secretly homosexual in a time when that particular predilection could get one hanged," the character has been called "one of the most complex and interesting" of the hundreds of characters in Gabaldon's Outlander novels. Penned from 1998 onwards, John Grey lives a very interesting life and is beyond just a secondary character in Outlander series. 

Back in 2016, 'Outlander' producer rightly said that Gabaldon "gives so much in the books that you can probably make 10 series and the fans would watch it all." The need to have a spin-off is necessary because how can we survive 'Droughtlander?"