Yes, there have been hints that Lord John Grey (David Berry) will be bringing Ulysses (Colin McFarlane) back to Season 6. As you remember, in Season 5, the series changed up Ulysses storyline and had him save Jocasta from death at the hands of her lawyer. Having committed a crime, Ulysses had to flee to Fraser’s Ridge and Jamie and Claire got him a place with Lord John Grey who took him out of the country. In the books, Ulysses has a different exit. However this new storyline keeps a beloved character available for future seasons and intrigue.
So what has McFarlane been up to during the COVID months? Just like many other actors, Colin has been working on voice roles and what looks to be more animated or game related characters. He has previously worked on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Batman: Arkham Night, as well as playing PC Malcolm Williams in the 12th series of children’s favorite Fireman Sam. Not to mention, Peppa Pig! And yes, there was that time on Doctor Who. Check out a full repertoire of characters voices here
Currently in production films: Jungle Cruise, Offering to the Storm.
Colin is represented by Michael Hallett at Emptage Hallet, where other Outlander cast members are repped, and for Voice at Calypso. And if you have a friend who is a big fan, you can get a personal video from Cameo.
After several Outlander conventions announced rescheduling this fall, Starz will have an Outlander presence at NYC Comic Con again this year. It’s a sign, the cons are back and in person, we may get back to the new normal yet. And that means a little relief from Droughtlander.
Mark your calendars, July 11 tickets go on sale for New York Comic Con. Keep an eye out on their site as it is updating as we post this.
Outlandish Vancouver just announced Tim Downie joining Richard Rankin as a guest for their convention in October 2021. Check our event pages for details.
Cait has been busy with side projects prior to the the great Covid production break that affected world-wide media crews. There are two upcoming projects you will enjoy, and we hope that after the well received Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance series on Netflix, that there may be a season 2 in the works there as well. Here’s what we know so far:
Caitriona has been in production with Belfast, a film by actor and director Kenneth Branagh set in the turmoil of the Northern Irish town in the late 1960s. Semi autobiographical, it takes place in the city leading up to political upheaval that would become The Troubles in NI in the early 1970s. Balfe plays Ma, to Jamie Dornan’s Pa, with Ciarán Hinds. Look for a very different side of Cait here.
But hold on to your bonnets! It gets better. Caitriona has just been announced as part of the cast for Netflix series of Pride and Prejudice. The Austen classic has been a series and film regular over the years with many acclaimed adaptations. We don’t know yet if this one will be a period piece or contemporary spin, with articles leaning both directions. With the Netflix success of Bridgerton in 2020 being the COVID lockdown binge darling, we’ll see how this production may spin contemporary. The series built much of it’s outlandish plot on a culmination of let’s spin Austen on her head. So look for Netflix to do much of the same. But hold on, it’s a change up.
Along with Balfe, there are rumors that Lily James, playing the lead Lizzie Bennett, Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, The Nevers), and Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown) have been cast.
Not that you are looking for an excuse to book a flight to Scotland as travel restrictions lift around the globe, but you may want to aim for October 9th-10th 2021 being on part of your itinerary, since you’ll want to go to Edinburgh of course. Besides, Scotland is absolutely astounding in the Fall.
Graham McTavish has been busy since he left Outlander, with two projects being in the comic and gaming realm, Preacher, and Castlevania on Netflix, which just ended its final season. Come see which photo ops he may have available, the SOK, Vlad Tepes, or Dracula as you know, or maybe some Men in Kilts pics.
That’s right, it’s planned as an indoor, in-person event so far with photo opps! So, buy your tickets. Graham still has photo ops slots available, so snag them after you book your flight, or plan your drive, or however you can get to Scotland. Please be aware that the islands are still dealing with Covid issues as new variants hit. So bring your Vax card, required by most airports, masks in case. It will be interesting to see if the photos will be socially distanced with flare.
Entry and Guest Tickets are separate, remember buy the event ticket first then the guest ticket. Hurry, photo opps will fill up soon. There are still some of the higher end tickets available for early entry and such.
Some really great news to help us get over the longest ever Droughtlander.
Starz ® announced during #WorldOutlanderDay on Twitter that it’s a wrap on Season 6. Here’s what we know so far:
There was an apologetic celebration on Outlander_Starz announcing that due to the difficulties of dealing with a world pandemic and restrictions on filming and production, they have decided to have Season 6 end after the 8th episode. Sounds a little ominously GOT to me. However, they have promised to return with a longer Season 7, with a promise of 16 episodes and a Season 6 opener of 90 minutes length. Plenty of time to set up the aftermath of Claire’s ordeal and recovery at the end of Season 5 in “Never My Love”.
The time travel adventure will take on two of Diana Gabaldon’s books in the series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo in The Bone. Given it takes Gabaldon anywhere from 5 plus years to write a book, with her 9th book Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, due out this fall, we wonder if Season 7 may be the last season. Indeed since one more book is planned, the writers, who have already changed and added storylines, will no doubt have to wrap up the series. We are hoping we can see it reach a Season 8, and finally the mystery of the Ghost of Jamie in Inverness in the 1940’s will finally be explained.
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And new pictures have arrived! What we do know, is that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will be recovering from her kidnapping and rape, only to have a whole other ordeal to live with coming to the ridge. The seeds of the American Revolution have been sown, and war is on the horizon. Fergus and Marsali continue to add to their family, and that if one of the book storylines is brought in, the MacKenzies may just make it back to the 1970’s as war becomes more of a reality.
The Season 6 Episodes so far titled are:
“Echos”, written by Matthew B. Roberts
“Allegiance”, written by Steve Kornacki and Alyson Evans
“Temperance”, written by Shaina Fewell
“The World Turned Upside Down”, written by Toni Graphia
We have perhaps our first glimpse of Amanda, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger’s (Richard Rankin) daughter?
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New relationships (Beardsleys and Lizzie) will blossom on The Ridge, as well as a powder keg of ideals with religion, loyalties to King, or the new forming country.
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Returning for Season 6 are: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, David Berry as Lord John Grey, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Cesar Domboy, John Bell, Lauren Lyle, Caitlin O’Ryan, and Colin McFarlane.
Keep an eye out in these pages as we confirm this season’s locations and add them to our inclusive list of Outlander Locations. It was a season of very well kept locals for production and Covid standards expediency. So once travel get’s back to normal, we are all heading back to the highlands, lowlands and all places in between.
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So now watch Happy World Outlander Day with your fellow fans, where you will see old friends and new characters. See who is returning and joining the cast here:
It’s Droughtlander Podcast 2 with Matthew B. Roberts and guests telling you exactly what you need to know about post production. That’s right, Outlander Season 6 has just wrapped in Scotland. So here to make your #WorldOutlanderDay brighter, is the podcast.