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Women’s Roles Get Deeper in Season 6, and a New Villain

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It’s so hard not to speculate on the Outlander Series. If you have read the  books, you don’t want spoilers (Hint:Read No Further if you are reading book series for first time) but are bursting to think about and discuss something with someone else. As the Frasers settle The Ridge with more people, many of them from Jaimie’s Ardsmuir Prison days this season. We will be seeing a cavalcade of new characters and experiences. Well, we haven’t had a good female villain since Geilis Duncan met her demise at the hand of Claire (Caitriona Balfe)in Season 3, (and we were so happy is was a dull blade!). Dare I even mention the next fiendish female? 

We had the pleasant surprise of having Marsali take on the role of medical apprentice to Claire in Season 5. Many of us book readers wondered how that would work out for our next upcoming villainess. As we know the writers for the series like to switch things up, we were wondering how the medical role of our new villain got placed on Marsali. I for one think that it was a great change as it gave Marsali a chance to really shine and not just be the woman having 2 babies a season character. However, things are about to change up dramatically for the Frasers. 

New Families Arrive on The Ridge

Okay, here it comes, you’ve been forewarned. Malva Christie and the Christie family. Phew, let out that air held in. Yes, Malva is going to stir up some serious trouble on the ridge. The kind that many a woman will cringe at, and want to wring this character’s neck. You actually have been missing having Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson) around, haven’t you? We won’t go there. They can’t possibly leave this character out, can they?

The Christies are a family of protestant settlers who come to The Ridge as a result of Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) continued settlement contract. Jamie and Tom Christie, the patriarch of clan Christie, have an odd “relationship” from Ardsmuir prison. We’ll see more of the religious conflict side of things this season, as you have Presbyterians and the Catholic Clan Fraser. Not to mention the Browns. Jamie will need to unite The Ridge again and borrow on his past experiences of uniting the Ardsmuir men after the Battle of Culloden with Masonic rites. I don’t know about you, but I am hoping for some flash backs to the prison and some Murtagh wisdom.


Malva Christie is the niece of Thomas Christie, raised as his daughter. In the book series, it is Malva who becomes Claire’s medical apprentice.  Malva is also very beautiful and causes trouble up and down the Ridge as her many callers must be kept from her uncle. The Fraser family comes to trust Malva, but it comes at a dangerous price. Think Geneva Dunsany bad, mixed in with some Geillis and Laoghaire MacKenzie. Yup.

Claire teaches Malva to become an assistant healer, and she becomes quite fascinated with Claire’s experimentation with ether. Yes, here Claire goes changing history again, we can imagine how this might cause more “witchcraft” accusations. During a dysentery illness that hits The Ridge, Claire suspects she’s been poisoned, and during her delirium sees Malva for what she really is. She is hoping to remove Claire as an obstacle to having  Jamie. Claire recovers and later gets blamed when Malva is found murdered in her garden. 

The Lighter Side

We also have a very interesting story arc with Lizzy (Caitlin O’Ryan) coming up in season 6, we hope. As you know, the series does change things up a bit. After two seasons of seeing her moon after Ian and other men on The Ridge, we got a hint of things to come from the Outlander stories in the season 5 DVD set. But if you expect this one to be an easy one, nothing with Lizzy involved is ever easy. We’ll leave it at unconventional.

And about that fire? Fans of The Big House know what’s afoot. But there is a whole lot of intrigue and that bothersome Brown family to contend with as well. Oh, and that background problem, the start of the American Revolutionary War. Stay tuned, it will be a year out there, and we’ll let you know of locations if and when they leak out. 

Filming starts in a few weeks. 


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More Whiskey That’s Neat With Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan returns to talk about his New York Times Best Selling Book, What is next for The Sassenach Whisky and of course we taste through a few more new whiskies and fawn over our favorite, mutual passion. . . The Water of Life.

Whiskey Neat is a Radio show on iTunes and ESPN 97.5 FM in Houston.

And here’s the podcast from earlier this year with Sam

Outlander: About That Season Six Release Date


As the world slowly crawls out of COVID shut down, we know that actors are chomping at the bit to get back to it. We, the audience, meet with them in online interview sessions as virtual experiences. Many people in productions around the world are trying to get back in action. So this will be the longest Droughtlander to date. Are you ready to get through this?

You’ve just got your Season 5 DVDs and are planning watch parties with friends.

Things To Consider, And There May Be Spoilers

We know season 6 will center on the next phase rolling up to the War of Independence. Remember, Independence was declared but there were years of war afterwards. Readers of the Outlander series know that there are several years of plots and intrigues before war officially breaks out, and all the ugly lawlessness that leads up to it. Speaking of fallout, Lionel Brown’s corpse delivery sets off a revenge feud that will follow Claire and Jamie through the next few seasons.

Will we get season 7 and 8 announcements soon? It’s a struggle not knowing when production will start back up. It was set to happen this coming month, however the UK and Ireland are going back into restrictions. Production around the world is starting, then getting halted.

Will we get back to some of the book storylines, like the affair between Jocasta and Ulysses. If you didn’t see that one coming, it’s another book storyline. Ulysses has been Jocasta’s eyes for twenty- plus years. Phaedra’s absence during this season, was a mystery for many of us, being as she was Jocasta’s body slave. We hope we will see her return this next season. And when/if she does, some interesting developments will occur. After all, why build her character up so much in Season 4?

All of the Frasers have now dealt with rape. It was sad in the books, and now onscreen. How do they all cope with recovering from such a thing as a family. The only one who has escaped is Roger, who was instead violated by nearing dying and losing his voice. BY the end of the season, Roger has regained a new voice, one where his Father-In-Law shows him some respect at last.

And there will be a whole slew of new settlers on the ridge. Some for good, some for far worse. Besides, the Browns’ can’t be the only villains. That’s too easy.

What do you think they will add or keep in Season 6?

12 Days of Outlander Holiday Video Packages

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Need to find a present for an Outlander fan and they keep buying everything Outlander? Or really want to cheer yourself up for the holidays and get through that Droughtlander time. Oh, did I mention there is a raffle fundraiser to help Sam Heughan’s charity My Peak Challenge raise money for its charities involving blood cancer research and support?

12 Days of Caroling or 12 Outlandish Days with Outlander actors, where you can also help fund raise for My Peak Challenge charities by purchasing a raffle ticket for a membership with MPC. Graham McTavish, Annette Badlands, Steven Cree, and Lotte Verbeek to name just a few of the actors participating. The actors will be reading from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Or a bit from the 12 Days of Christmas and the actors holiday remembrances. Perhaps a carol, a song for the holidays?

Packages start at $75.00.

Please note: This is not a fundraiser by My Peak Challenge as is produced by © Himber Entertainment Worldwide Inc., 2020. Since some of the packages are high in price, you may want to do some research on the company. I haven’t found much in the entertainment industry about them.

Read more about what they are doing on Facebook The 12 Outlandish Days and Instagram