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A Bittersweet 8th Season of Outlander is Announced

An Eighth and final season

After months of wondering about the fate of one of the best television series to come out, we have our answers. Season 7 will premiere in the summer of 2023, and feature 16 episodes. Wondering if this will be like the long two-part series 1? It may be. Filming is still ongoing.  

Starz® delivered a few announcements this week. And sadly our story will end in its eighth season. Book fans are wondering how much will be smashed up in Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone and In My Own Heart’s Blood in Series  7, and then will the remainder of IMHOB and Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone will be in the final season? Only the writers’ room knows. Gabaldon is writing the 10th book in some interviews she has said is the final book, and others discussed the prequel book that involves Jamie’s mother Helen, and father Brian’s love story will be released soon.

It is through this book that the new prequel series Outlander: Blood of my Blood has been given the green light at Sony pictures for the team of Maril Davis and Ron D Moore and their Tall Ships production company, along with current series showrunner Matt Roberts to develop the new series. Given the history of Outland series 1 production, and the fact they will have to go back to some old haunts, which fans will love, hopefully, the new series won’t take as long to produce. It could even be in co-production during season 8. 

So what does this mean? All good stories must come to an end. They go on to prequels that show you the young versions of old favorite characters. This means they will need to recast some characters if they can not have the actors who portrayed our favorites, Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), Dugal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), and Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) their sister, convince us they are younger. We met Brian Fraser in season 1, also much older. And we have been assured a young Murtagh, who is one of many of Helen’s Suitors, will be recast? Helen is the only character we have not met yet. Although it is said she is like Brianna, hmmm.

Who do you think will reappear in the Outlander: Blood of my Blood series?

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The Murtagh and The Regulators Paradox: Blood of My Blood

download-4Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, played so emphatically and with bravado by Duncan Lacroix, is a man torn between his past love of his Godson, a long life he had before the tragedy and strife that was prison after The Battle of Culloden, and an Indentured Servitude of 12 years in the Colonies. After a life’s strife of hard situations that would drive anyone mad, he survived. He had made a place for himself at a forge, and was the head of a resistance movement agains overtaxation by corrupt sheriffs near the town of Willem. We see Murtagh staying with the Frasers on the Ridge and the family’s attachment to him. But he feels the pull of previous commitments, and his forge, a place of work and solitude that seems to give this superhero his strength. The man is a walking ……

Paradox- a situation, person, or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities.

Murtagh is an embodied example of this word right down to his bones. He has lost his beloved country with the soil that smelled so sweet. He has fought alongside his Godson Jamie (Sam Heughan) and many other Clans with the few 2000 Highlander and sympathizers against a massive Government Army at The Battle of Culloden. Survived to be thrown in prison for years, and become a shell of himself while there, only to be separated from Jamie and sent to the American Colonies, thus having lost everything. He finally creates a space at a forge for himself, a livelyhood, and a purpose. We know that the waters always run deep with the man.

When we meet up with Murtagh again at the end of episode 405 Savages he decides to visit Frasers Ridge, he slips into a life briefly of belonging with a family again, one he cannot hold onto for long. Jamie confides in him about his illegitimate son Willie. Another family tie Murtagh must consider, another secret to be kept. If you remember from Season 2 and Paris, all the secrecy didn’t set well with Murtagh. For yet again, when the three of them meet, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie and Murtagh, there must always be secrets and something that must be hidden, safe, away from prying eyes. However, this time, Murtagh must keep secrets of his own from those he loves, for his purpose.

To this purpose, his new life with it’s responsibilities beckons him. He has taken it upon himself to become a leader of a movement to regulate the over taxation of business people and landowners. Sheriffs, like the Government excise tax men Jamie encountered in Edinburgh, will twist laws to suit their needs and make their hefty little profit on the side. This is at the expense of the everyday man and woman, thus driving men, women and children into destitution. So Murtagh steps in, a 18th c Robin of the Hood, or this case a Tam, to set the world straight and seek justice for those who have no hope.

When it is time to go, Claire and Murtagh have a conversation at the stream while Claire gathers water. We then see that distant look in his eyes, the one that says he must be leaving. If only for now. However, he does not leave until a highly charged political debate happens at the Frasers dinner table with Lord John Grey and William as guest. After the pitched dinner battle, Murtagh leaves the Ridge. What other battles will he face in the next episode, and will he come to the aide of the unfortunate? So far we like Murtagh as leader.

Claire and Murtagh Clip from Episode 406 Blood of My Blood.

Watch the full clip below, and tune in to new episodes of Outlander Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET on Starz. Starz App at Midnight, and on Amazon Prime in The UK and US.

If you need to catch up, watch previous episodes at the link below:

Outlander: Season Four


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