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Outlander fans ‘irrationally mad’ over major change to Young Ian storyline

Oct 6, 2021

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Starz’s Outlander is the on screen adaptation of the best selling novel series of the same name written by Diana Gabaldon. With fans who have read the books also watching the series, many have spotted inconsistencies and one, in particular, has angered fans.

Taking to Reddit one user wrote: “A collage of pictures of Irish wolfhounds just came across my feed and reminded me how mad I am that they made Rollo – a distinctly massive wolf/wolfhound mix that repeatedly scares the bejeezus out of everyone by virtue of his looks – A FRICKIN HUSKY! Anyone else irrationally mad about this?”

Rollo was Young Ian Murray’s (played by John Bell) pet dog, which he won after a game of dice.

The hybrid animal was the result of an Irish Wolfhound and Wolf mating, which left many apprehensive including his aunt Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe).

While he was still wary, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) was most warm towards the dog.

According to the novel, Drums of Autumn, Rollo proved his loyalty after pouncing on a stranger after they unexpectedly rose.

The dog also showed he was a faithful companion by sticking beside Young Ian when he became sick with the measles after a trip hunting.

Although Rollo seemed to be a friendly giant, his appearance continued to scare the unsuspecting.

In The Fiery Cross, Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) had a frightening first reaction to Rollo after they returned to Fraser’s Ridge, as she was with her young son Jemmy.

However, the dog was gentle around children, even though he could be fierce and violent when hunting or fighting.

Rollo was described as being larger than the average wolf due to being mixed with wolfhound, he was also broader in his head and chest.

This is why the viewers’ rage about Rollo being cast as a Husky understandably made them “irrationally mad.”

Another user, PinkPolo seemed to know the reason behind the switch and explained: “Since people see dogs on TV and think they want one I would rather it be a husky than a ‘wolf dog’”.

In an interview with popsugar.co.uk, executive producer Matthew B. Roberts was asked about the decision to change breeds when casting.

Speaking on the Northern Innuit, Rollo is on TV, he disclosed: “Northern Inuits are very low-key, very mellow.

“They like people, and the trainer was used to working with them, so that was one big reason,” he added.

Matthew compared the two dogs and explained: “Rollo in the book growls and gets vicious when you need him to get vicious, he also fishes and does all these amazing things.

“But the dog we cast is very lovely and liked everybody and licked everybody all the time,” he shared.

Matthew concluded: “Rollo runs around a lot and does certain things, but he’s not quite the vicious dog from the book, we made some adjustments for Rollo but he’s a lovely dog.”

Thankfully for viewers, Outlander’s upcoming season is expected to hit screens soon, so they can expect to see more of the beloved Rollo.

Outlander season six premieres on Starz and Starzplay in 2022.

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