A Discovery of Witches star Teresa Palmer "fought" to keep cut miscarriage storyline

Tasha Hegarty
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From Digital Spy

Note: The following article contains discussion of miscarriage which some readers may find upsetting

A Discovery of Witches spoilers – including for Shadow of Night, the second book in the All Souls trilogy – follow.

A Discovery of Witches star Teresa Palmer has shared that she "fought" to keep a miscarriage storyline from the books that was ultimately cut from the show's second season.

In Deborah Harkness' novel Shadow of Night, Diana discovers she's pregnant after initially believing that it's not possible for her and Matthew to conceive across species.

Later, however, Diane loses the baby, and the grief-stricken couple have to navigate their loss as they continue the search for the mysterious Book of Life through 16th century Europe.

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Photo credit: Sky

The storyline didn't feature in the TV adaptation's second season, which is based on the book, and Teresa, who plays Diana, has now revealed that she was disappointed by the decision not to include the important storyline.

"I really fought for the miscarriage to be included in the series," she told Entertainment Weekly.

"As a woman who's had a miscarriage herself, I thought it was really pertinent to the story and the journey of Matthew and Diana. And also just to show the fragility of life and new life and bringing babies into this world."

Explaining why the storyline was dropped, Teresa added that she thinks the writers of the series didn't feel like there was enough time to be able to explore such a complex and tough topic in the number of episodes they had.

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Photo credit: Sky

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"For the writers and [executive producer] Jane Tranter, I think they really felt as though we couldn't dedicate enough time to mourning and having the true grieving process that you need to have as a woman who goes through something like that and then quickly move back into all the other things we have to navigate through this series and through this season in particular," she said.

"It was just one of those really sad things that we weren't able to include it. It's just an unfortunate part of doing these adaptations. You just can't include everything that you want to and I had to come to peace with that decision."

Season three of the show, which will be based on Harkness' novel The Book of Life, is currently filming.

Teresa and Matthew will both return to reprise their roles as Diana and Matthew, but one role has been recast, with Peter McDonald replacing Trystan Gravelle as senior vampire Baldwin de Clermont.

A Discovery of Witches series 2 is available on Sky and NOW TV – and for those that prefer linear viewing, it will air on Sky One weekly on Fridays at 9pm.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. You can contact the Sands National Helpline on 0808 164 3332, or email helpline@sands.org.uk.

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