Lynette Rice
October 28, 2016 AT 04:14 PM EDT

If the executive producer of Outlander had his way, Claire would always be the “badass” on the Starz drama, admits author Diana Gabaldon.

So when the writers were preparing to kill off Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) at the end of season 2, the original thought was to have Claire (Caitriona Balfe) do the fatal deed — even though Gabaldon’s Outlander book series dictated otherwise.

In this exclusive clip from the Season 2 Blu-ray (dropping Nov. 1), executive producer Toni Graphia reasons why they thought the heroine should do it and not her husband Jamie (Sam Heughan), who does it in the books.

“[Claire] rescues Jamie just as much as he rescues her,” argues Graphia.

Want more Outlander scoop? Gabaldon will be at EW PopFest this Sunday! She joins a huge roster of guests, including Jennifer Aniston and the cast of Office Christmas Party; the casts of The CW’s Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow; Gilmore Girls creator/executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino; Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles; the cast of Happy Endings; the Grey’s Anatomy doctors, and many more. Plus, Eddie Redmayne will be taking the stage to reveal a sneak peak of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Tickets are still available! Go to for details.

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