“I wanted to deal with that battle but I was just working up to it and thinking what would happen the night before, and, you know, suddenly this kid comes out of nowhere and tries to assassinate Jamie.”
She added: “This was a very interesting meeting and so forth but I never expected to see that kid again.”
However, as fans will know she decided to bring Lord John back again later when Jamie was imprisoned and has done numerous times since in her Outlander novels, as well as ones based purely around the character.
Previously, she has also said Lord John was the perfect choice because he has such an interesting story, as well as being a scene-stealer in the original novels.
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