Outlander FInishes First Half of Season 7 Filming

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But first, let’s catch up on a whole lotta Outlander goings on! It’s been just about two weeks since NYCC 2022, when Diana Gabaldon appeared with some of the characters from her book series: Jamie, Murtagh, and Lord John. David Berry, Duncan Lacroix, and Sam Heughan all participated in panels and were quite cheeky. It was bad enough when Duncan and David hit the streets of NYC last year, secretly writing their names in Gabaldon’s books at NYC bookshops. Now ad Sam Heughan into the mix. I am sure that NYC is just recovering.

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Season 7 First Half Completed

As we have mentioned here before, filming started in Scotland in the spring of this year. As was promised after a short Season 6 due to Covid filming restrictions, Season 7 will be an extended season. And some extreme but familiar themes, meaning that yes, Claire found herself in jail for the murder of Malva Christie. Our here always manages to get into it somehow. Let’s catch up with the changes and familiar faces returning to this show. 

As was rumored, Laura Donnelly will not be returning as Jamie’s sister Jenny (Janet), and has been recast with Kristin Atherton, we’ll see how that works. Rumour had been going around that Donnelley would not return. With her great performances on stage and in other series, as an actor, she felt it was time to move on. Luckily Steven Cree is back as old Ian Murray. 

Outlander Season 7 has Jenny Recast

Other ghosts from the past, or characters that we had hoped were definitely done and gone: Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) returns in a flashback, and so does Dugal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), and horrors, Laoghaire Fraser (Nell Hudson)! More trauma this season, and plenty of ghosts from the past.

New Cast Members

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Well, we can say one thing, Lord Elsmere (Jaimie Vandervaart), or Jamie’s Illegitimate son who doesn’t know his parentage at this point, will now show up as a commissioned officer. Jamie will now have the real possibility of being on opposite sides with his own child in the brewing war. Not to mention the real possibility of Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who knows she has a half-brother, meeting him for the first time.

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Outlander adds new and old cast members

Denzell (Joey Phillips) and Rachael Hunter (Izzy Meikle-Small), a pair of siblings who are Friends (Quakers) were put out of a meeting. More religious dealings to keep Outlander interesting. Denzell is a doctor and works with the rebels for the cause. Just to color things up a bit, Benedict Arnold turns up played by Rod Hallett. Let’s see how much history will get changed on that one since Claire, Brianna, and Roger all know that fate.

Speaking of which, and book spoilers here, Brianna and Roger return to the twentieth century for real this time, family in tow. The MacKenzies befriend a questionable person in the guise of Rob Cameron after setting up a new home. Luckily they receive a box of two century-old letters from Claire and Jamie that catch up to them. Here they learn that they leave North Carolina in flight, and have epic dealings with privateers and ocean battles.

Outlander season 7 premiere date: The state of things at Starz

So while this season may be a long time coming, and possibly be split into two parts like the extended first season, you can rest assured there will be plenty of American revolution to go around. Let’s hope the Browns get their comeuppance. And how will they deal with Laoghaire, that bad penny that just won’t go away?

And take a grand tour of the big house, as many of us know the fate of the said house and that mysterious newspaper article about Fraser’s parishing in a fire.

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Outlander Cast and Author at NYCC Comic Con 2022

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New York City Comic Con 2022, October 6-9th at the Javits Center

Diana Gabaldon will return to New York Comic Con in October. She will be joined by Sam Heughan, David Berry, and Duncan Lacroix. Good thing she’s one tough author. These three actors let loose on New York? The last time Duncan and David were together in NY, some not so stealth signing of copies of Gabaldon’s Outlander books at shops in NYC made a few fans very happy.

Sam Heughan will have first-time small meet and greets at the Con. Check here for availability, selling out quick!

There’s a meet-and-greet pricing for people without tickets to NYCC 2022. Prices vary but run rather high. The Sassanach Tier is sold out.

Please note: the only Photo Op and Autographs available for Sam Heughan are in the tiered packages or in a group Outlander Photo Op session. Duncan LaCroix and David Berry will have Photo Ops and Autographs available through Epic Photo Ops starting Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00 PM ET.

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David Photo Ops

Outlander Season 6 DVD Releases, And That Prequel Series Blood of My Blood

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 2.48.11 PMIt’s been some time since we did catch-up with all things Outlander and we have a lot of developments to cover. The cast and crew are currently working on Season 7 production, and not announcing where they are due to COVID Protocols again. 

Yes, Starz and Outlander Producers announced Matthew B Roberts as showrunner of the new Prequel Outlander: Blood of My Blood. This series follows the story of Jamie’s parents Ellen MacKenzie, and Brian Fraser. This no doubt means we will also see younger versions of Dougal and Callum MacKenzie, Mrs. Fitz, Murtagh FitzGibbons, and many more characters we miss so much. The series will be executively produced by Matthew B Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, and Maril Davis.

Diana Gabaldon has been writing one of her bump-out stories as she calls them, about the days of youth gone by of Ellen, Brian, Murtagh, and the clan for a few years now. Some reports are that she is consulting on the new series, others say she officially has not been asked yet.  There is also a book on Master Raymond in the works. Diana also announced on her website that she is working on Book X, the final Outlander book. Will we finally have the official Jamie’s Ghost explained? If you don’t know how that happened, yup, it’s a time loop. But how? 

‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Says She’s Not Been Approached Yet To Consult On ‘Blood Of My Blood’

Season 6 DVD Release Dates September 22, 2022 

Season 6 DVDs are available for pre-order at Amazon and other vendors in September. 

Outlander’ Prequel Series Confirmed In The Works At Starz; Title, Details Revealed

And happy belated World Outlander Day. Here’s a bit of mayhem on the new set, and a sneak peek at young Lord Ellesmere. Apparently, there will be Alpacas or Llamas on set? Strange. Shhhhh Roger.

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Outlander Casting Introduces You to The Hunters for Season 7

The casting department for Outlander has done it again. Two very pivotal characters for Season 7, a Quaker pair of brother and sister that put our last brother and sister duo to shame indeed. Denzell/Denny (played by Joey Phillips) and Rachel Hunter (Izzy Meikle-Small). Denzell is a doctor who helps the rebel colonials as his way to fight. Quakers have very particular ways of doing things, and Rachel will teach you all of them and more. Welcome!

Ian brings a wounded William Ransome (Lord Ellesmere, Jamie’s son) to Hunter’s farmstead. And so begins a love rivalry like no other.

Season 7 is based on the Diana Gabaldon book, An Echo in the Bone.

Joey Philips is managed by dpamanagement.com

Izzy Meikle-Small is managed by Curtis Brown Actors

‘Outlander’: Izzy Meikle-Small And Joey Phillips Join Season 7 Cast

Join Sam Heughan and Duncan Lacroix at Highlanders 5 in Glasgow, UK

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If you are lucky enough to be in Scotland the first week of July, make sure you grab tickets for this fun-filled show. Filled with current and past characters, will Sophie Skelton be able to keep all the lads in shape? Attending are Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Richard Rankin, Andrew Gower, Alexander Vlahos, David Berry, and Paul Gorman. Show Sophie your support!

Tickets are for the whole weekend, including autographs, and come in two pricing tiers. Note, you must purchase the main ticket for the event, then purchase photo ops. Check out the details here HIGHLANDERS 5 Starfury Conventions UK

July 1st – 3rd 2022 at the Hilton Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow.

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Photo Sessions, some sold out already.

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Outlander Season 6 Costume Journeys

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It’s fair to say many fans weren’t sure of the direction Trisha Biggar would take Outlander in costume. However, since she has costumed a galaxy (Star Wars) in all shapes and sizes, it certainly helped in taking on a lead actress who was pregnant during filming, when she was supposed to be very ill and thin. Between Caitriona Balfe’s amazing work and Biggar’s adapted wardrobe, only a few times did we see angles we weren’t meant to. That aside, Claire Fraser is at another part of her journey in the colonies and Biggar wanted to show that a modern woman living in colonial times would have made some adjustments. Especially if she was a doctor/healer.

it’s a slightly modern twist on what women were wearing at the time, which I always feel is so important… that Claire would always find a way of retaining some of that comfort, some of that ease, some of the practicality from the future while also being able to kind of blend in. – Caitríona Balfe 

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However, the extravagant scenes at River Run, and meeting Flora MacDonald, meant some glam had to come back. Trisha Biggar and her team created a lovely blue frock that also cleverly hid things, as a woman in the era would have done up until confinement. 

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“For the party, I did a lot of experimenting with styles to make sure we had a dress that front-on she doesn’t look pregnant and from the back we can also shoot her quite easily. From the side it was covered or minimized by a shawl.” -Costume Designer Trisha Biggar

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Screen Shot 2022-05-29 at 3.31.44 PMBrianna had her own journey for Season 6, she was a working-at-home mom, experimenting with plumbing, firing pottery pipes, and matches. With another child on the way, Sophie Skelton’s character had a lot of adapting and work to do. Not to mention a husband who decided to follow a path to the clergy. 

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Jamie was now becoming Laird of the Land again, being the landholder at Fraser’s Ridge. As the seasons 5 and 6 progressed, we see Sam Heughan wearing much richer, natural tones of color for the American Colonies, blending in his tartan hues of old with the new frontier.

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“The Frasers are leaving the Ridge slightly more often than they did in Season 5 so we developed slightly different looks for them. They’re not always at the Ridge working and doing domestic things. They are meeting society and having to do business with people nearby.” -Trisha Biggar, Costume Designer

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Outlander Season 6 Finale, I am Not Alone

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We have reached the end of the very short Outlander series 6, and it’s the battle for the Fraser’s, the darkness of vengeance, and the MacKenzie Family Road Trip all in this episode.

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Mob Vengeance

Let’s talk about the one character in the series who had to wait two seasons for its lines. That’s right, the Big House. When one has to do battle for what they hold dear, The Frasers retreat to the house they have painstakingly built. Which becomes part of their night-long defense again the Browns Committee. We watch all that lovingly made woodwork shot up, which if you check out the Instagram account for Outlander Starz there’s some information on how they had to set up the sFX on the shots to look realistic and feel realistic to Catriona Balfe (Claire), and Sam Heughan (Jamie).

The battle takes up the first part of the episode, showing Claire and Jamie willing to go down with the house. The Brown’s take on Claire wonders if this is the right time, the newspaper article telling of the fire that kills the Frasers in four months. Jamie reminds Claire that printer dates aren’t always exact, having been one himself. Claire tells Jamie she would rather die than go with them. In the course of the long night, the couple reconfirms their love, even in desperate sex scenes( juztaposed with the MacKenzie’s joyful camping trip, in tents). So huzzah for the house, that many feared would be fired this season. Just wait.

Road Trip

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While the MacKenzies are on their way to Edenton to see if Roger can get ordained or go into seminary training, they have a family road trip with a real wagon instead of the station wagon they would have had in the 1970s. Along the way that young rascal Jemmy picks up lice from the fisher folk kids, has his hair cut off (wait, there is a part of this that they didn’t follow up on. Just cutting hair doesn’t get rid of lice and Brianna should know this, turpentine?). She notices a weird scabby thing on his head and Roger states it’s a natural thing, sometimes hereditary, and starts talking about his…and the realization that Jemmy may really be his son makes everyone all smiles. Roger then asks Brianna to cut off his hair, too. It’s a father and son thing to do.

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Surrender

Mr. Crombie comes to the big house with the fisher folk and tries to reason with the Frasers that they should go with the Committee and everyone can see justice before a judge. In the debate that heatedly follows, Tom Christie offers himself as surety to make sure that no harm comes to Mistress Fraser since he is the aggrieved party, he should have a say. So another long, unpleasant road trip reminiscent of Season 1 continues, where Claire is a prisoner and Jamie stays by her side. The Browns make sure that the countryside knows who they are taking to the goal, and they are pelted with rocks and physical assaults along the way. And seemingly the Revolutionary War is there to add to, or keep them from justice, as the towns they go through have had uprisings and destruction, and no real courts can be found. All along the way, Tom Christie rides behind them and sees for himself that there is justice, true justice. Jamie verbally jabs at him a few times. Claire is separated from Jamie, and Tom vows to protect her, to make sure that she is safe until trial.

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Tom’s Infatuation With Claire

Since Malva’s death, we have watched Tom Christie realize that this is not true justice, and he questions the whole of the situation. He was hellfire and fury over Malva’s sins and refused to have a Christian burial for her. He has gone from an understanding and uneasy friendship and respect with Claire, which is if you had not picked on this by now, really he has a crush on the woman. When Allan vehemently accuses Claire of Murder, Tom sort of falls to the wayside, where you can see him questioning how someone who has pledged to do no harm, to treat the sick, and quite frankly put up with Tom’s self-righteousness to help heal his hand. He has respect for her. He also has feelings for her. And recognizes this is becoming another witch trial.

He seems to be under the burden of not wanting vigilante justice, but true justice. When he sees that the Brown’s Committee of Safety is encouraging violence and vengeance against the Frasers, which is really about how they have prospered and others have not. His common sense makes him more determined than ever to make sure that Claire isn’t harmed before coming before a judge. When finally they find a justice of the peace, Claire is thrown into the jail cells. Tom assures her he will stay in town until her husband comes. Good thing Jamie got his rescue from being taken back to Scotland.

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All Hail The Production Crew and Actors

While many of you are perplexed, and some of us readers know a bit more, it was a rather choppy way to leave off the season. Now, let’s look at it from the productions view point. A massive worldwide shut-down and slow reopening of filming began. In the studios and local shoots, the production team had to have the parking lots turned into a Covid testing station, then deciding to cut down to 8 episodes from the 12 typical of Outlander production had great challenges. I believe that they did a remarkable job in getting the production completed at all. Filming is currently underway for Season 7, which they have promised to add on extra episodes to help make up for the shortened season. I say have a little faith.

If the filming was dire and not what you typically take for Outlander quality, let’s look at the fact that several of the original crew have left, and gone on to their next big project. The times are changing in the world and will be reflected in some of the production. Life during the 18th century was not all rosy and much of what we think of our 13 colonies was not grand and beautiful for some time. There were Loyalists and rebels. It was a revolution after all. One of several in the world at that time. And it dragged out for some years.

So what do we have to look forward to in Season 7?

  1. Jamie has to meet his son, again, and be on opposing sides of a conflict again with someone he loves.
  2. 2. The Ridge needs to get over the petty anger and distrust if they are going to survive a revolution.
  3. It will not be until Spring 2023 before we see Outlander Season 7, so reread An Echo in The Bones.