Category Archives: Caitriona Balfe

EW’s The Ultimate Guide to Outlander Out Now

IMG_6103

Okay, so there is a collectors edition each season. However, this one has packed pages from all five seasons plus new interviews from Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan about season six.

Inside you will find:

Pages of BTS from five seasons of your favorite show.

Overview of what’s coming in season six.

Articles on each of the seasons and new interviews.

And lots of photos! Did we say there were photos?

Grab your copy at your local bookstores, magazine stands and online at Amazon.

The Ultimate Guide to Outlander

IMG_6106

Claire’s Journey: Season 2

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 6.18.11 PM

We continue our journey celebrating 8 years casting anniversary for Caitriona Balfe, remembering Claire’s development in Season 2 of Outlander.

After our second Droughtlander, yes I count the Droughtlander between Season 101 and 102 as a Droughtlander, we meet Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser in her know-it-all time traveller phase, where she boldly believes she can change the course of history. SEason 2 is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, Dragonfly in Amber.Not thinking of the consequences to any around her, Claire steps in it the minute she is off ship in L’Havre harbor, France, she obsesses about preventing the Jacobites demise at the Battle of Culloden. The mistakes of the young hold true as Claire endeavors to explore the darker side of love and betrayal.

Roaming the backroads near Inverness, Claire stumbled back though the stones into her own time in the 20th Century. She is forced to reconcile with Frank and Frank agrees to help her to raise the child she is carrying as their child. There must be no more talk of Jamie Fraser. We see a grieving, angry side of Claire.

Back in the past, Claire wraps up Jamie with her new found cause of stopping the Jacobite rebellion and the demise of over 2000 clansmen. This means embedding themselves with the Jacobite cause in Paris, alienating Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) by dragging him into their dangerous game of intrigue, and keeping him in the dark about the reason behind it all.

Making a new and dangerous enemy, the Compte St. Germain (Stanley Weber), by diagnosing the sick men taken off of the Compte’s merchant ship as having plague. The ship must be burned and the Comte threatens revenge on Claire.

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 6.15.22 PM

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 6.15.53 PM

Claire and Jamie set up as wine merchants while Jamie’s cousin Jared sails to the Indies, but not before he set’s Jamie up to meet Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), the man they must stop from leading the Clansmen into a dangerous war they cannot win. Having the wine house, means they can invite political and court members to dinner. A great way to find news of rebellion. Claire begins a campaign embroiling herself, Jamie and Murtagh further into deceits.

outlander-season-2-caitriona-balfe

Claire meets Maitre Raymond (Dominique Pinon), a small, quick-witted Parisian, at his apothecary and trades medical knowledge with him, and learns that he too is considered a rival of the Compte.

After securing an invite to Versailles and wearing That Red Dress and Shoes, Claire, Jamie and Murtagh bump into the ever annoying Duke of Sandringham (Simon Callow) and Claire learns that Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is not dead.

Claire plots with Murtagh to not tell Jamie of BJR being above ground, as Jamie is still reeling with the dark trauma of their last meeting. Jamie takes on political machinations that further his dark side. Claire loses Jamie further as he seeks retribution.

Claire starts using her healing skills, volunteering at L’Hopital des Anges. Claire also earns and uses the moniker of Madame Blanche, a white witch. Claire gains an adopted son, Claudel, who is renamed Fergus. She befriends Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), whom she later remembers is the woman who will mary BJR and starts the lineage that becomes Frank Randall. She then begins another conflict with Jamie. If BJR doesn’t marry Mary, there is no Frank. Finally, Claire is beginning to see how altering history makes for a very tangled web.

7dfe0abab4b13ed8bd8dad9243d1c9aef1-29-outlander.rsquare.w700

Claire finally reveals to Jamie that BJR is alive, and Jamie comes out of his dark place, a new mission to extinguish the Captain. When they meet at Versailles, the 18th Century’s most awkward moment is endured.

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 6.17.39 PM

Claire falls out with Jamie over a plot to stop a wine deal that the Prince is hoping to raise funds for rebellion, beginning to drive a wedge between the two. Claire loses her baby after Jamie enters into a duel.

unnamed

After Claire fights for her life, she must fight for Jamie’s again, as his dueling angers the king. He is thrown into prison, again. She makes a great sacrifice to bargain for his freedom. After reconciliation the pair tempt fate and return to Scotland. They return to Lallybroch and family.

Back in Scotland Claire returns to Lallybroch, meets Jamie’s terrible uncle Lord Lovet, and Colum MacKenzie brings her Nemesis, Laoghaire, in tow. After much wrangling with the Old Fox, they gain more men to fight and return to Lallybroch.

Claire goes on the road with Jamie and Murtagh as the Jacobites win some early battles, including Prestonpans, were the Highlanders start losing dear friends. As Claire and Jamie fight on, they try to thwart Charles Stewart’s determination to regain the Scottish throne. Claire does battle herself with PTSD from her WWII experiences.

Claire is reunited with Mary Hawkins who is very cold indeed. Claire had selfishly tried to part Mary and her young lover, Captain Randall’s brother Alexander. Claire makes amends by tending Alex who is dying, thus meeting BJR again. Claire makes a deal with the devil, with Murtagh by her side.

Claire is sadly reunited with Mary Hawkins at Lord Sandringham’s where she is held captive. She finally pieces together that he is responsible for having her and Mary attacked in Paris, where Mary was brutally raped and Murtagh feels responsible as he did not protect them. Murtagh takes a hand.

images

In a flash forward to 1968, Claire travels to the UK with Brianna (Sophie Skelton), her daughter by Jamie Fraser, who has no idea about who her real father is. After years of estrangement within the bargained marriage with Frank, Claire begins to open up about thinking freely about Jamie, yet will be estranged from her daughter. Claire meets young Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin) again as they attend the Reverend Wakefield’s wake in Scotland. This begins a long journey for Claire and Brianna as Claire slowly reveals that Frank was not Brianna’s true father. Thus begins a mother/daughter battle of the incredulous concept of time travel.

We return to the past and Claire and Jamie kill Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) before the battle of Culloden, as he blames her for Colum’s death. Claire is thrust towards Crag Na Dun again by Jamie on the morning of the Battle of Culloden, where she enters the stone and leaves Jamie behind.

Outlander Season 2 2016

Claire learns that no matter how right she thinks she is, she cannot change history without dire consequences. She is a hypocrite in her desire to stop Culloden, yet cannot see BJR killed before he sires a son, or there will be no Frank. Diving a wedge of trust between herself and Jamie. And it all appears to be for nothing as finally loses Jamie in the end as he forces her back to her own time.

caitriona_balfe_as_claire_randall_fraser_sam_heughan_as_jamie_fraser-_episode_4_1

Let us know your thoughts as you watch Season 2 for the hundredth time. Join us as we slowly get through all the seasons again before the 2022 release of Season 6.

Outlander: Caitriona Balfe teases “heartbreaking…twisted” season 6

Outlander at New York Comic Con Updates

Outlander season 6: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know

Outlander at New York Comic Con Updates

IMG_6076

Starz updated information about their presence at NYCC 2021 this week. It will be a mix of a live and virtual panel about Season 6. Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), author Diana Gabaldon and Maril Davis (Executive Producer) will be on stage. Caitriona Balfe (Claire Fraser), Lauren Lyle (Marsali Fraser), César Domboy, and John Bell (Young Ian) will be joining in virtually on Saturday.

You will need to purchase autographs separately and the con is sold out.

Outlander Panel Sat, Oct 9, 2021 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Empire Stage

Screen Shot 2021-09-30 at 12.55.44 PM

All images ©2021 Starz®

Caitriona Balfe Celebrates Eight Year Anniversary

IMG_6053

Had to believe for Cait, and hard to believe for us. Caitriona Balfe recently celebrated her 8 year casting anniversary for Outlander. Yes, it’s been that long since we all started the journey of a WWII nurse who fell through the stones into the past. To celebrate, we’ll just look back on Season 1 Claire antics, shall we say. IMG_6052

In Season 1, Claire Randall Fraser: Found Frank’s very evil ancestor Black Jack Randall, gets kidnapped the first of many times, is tortured, marries a second time, starts a fight with just about anybody, saves lives, takes her first life, is raped the first time, befriends a witch, goes on trial for witchcraft, goes to battle with her new sister-in-law, goes Thelma and Louise in the 18th Century searching for Jamie, befriends Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, rescues Jamie Fraser, performs surgery, and sails to France to escape the King’s Justice. 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

© 2014 Starz® Images

Droughtlander Updates: Books 6 and 7 Mash-up?

IMG_5796

Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield MacKenzie and and possibly baby Amanda

As with every repeated Droughtlander, and many of you turn these into Draughtlanders with Whiskey, wine, and tears,  during Seasons 1-5 weeks long marathons with friends. What you haven’t started yours yet? I just started up Series 1 for the hundredth time. Socially distanced gatherings which unless you are pods is done virtually with Zoom and the telly. At least some of the Outlander cons are making a slow comeback, see Outlander Events.

There will be book references, so spoilers alerts as always.

Speculation is rife as always, so here we will break down some possibilities, keeping in mind that Series 6 will be shortened to 8 episodes and pulling from A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and possibly the 7th book, An Echo in the Bone. The writers have been blending in and cut and pasting story lines into the series to speed up for television translation. The 7th season was announced as going into production in early 2022, which sadly means at an extended 16 episodes will fill out most of the year. Unless they do a split season like they did for season 1, don’t expect this extended season before 2023. 

So many of the key players have been seen on BTS pictures, however there has been report  by Matthew B. Roberts as showrunner and producer, that the Murray’s will not make it in this season. Both Laura Donnelley and Steven Cree have continued on in stage and series (The Nevers and A Discovery of Witches respectively), and with the shortened season, could not be added. However, they figure in the book storyline for An Echo in the Bone.

And, since Caitriona Balfe announced the birth of her baby boy this last week, it will take time with family before the actress can begin filming for the next season. It is not known at this point if she is producing on the season definitely yet.

So here is what the main points of books the next 2 books are and could possibly be moved around and edited to the television series writers whims:

A Breath of Snow and Ashes
The Dutch cabin family burnings already shown in season 5
New character Major MacDonald tried to recruit Jamie to form a Committee of Safety and warns of similar deaths. And recruits him as Indian Agent for the Crown, and accept more tennant coming from Scotland.
The Browns announce they have formed a Committee of Safety, forcing Jamie to take on the role of Indian Agent out of mistrust of the browns after the attack and kidnapping of Claire.
Roger is tasked with bringing the new Scottish Tenants residing near River Run, of which the Christies will prove to be the thorn in the Fraser’s sides.
The storyline with Stephen Bonnet was extracted from this book for Season 5
The storyline with Claire and Marsali being attacked in the barley shed was changed to Claire’s surgery and extracted for Season 5.
Marsali and Fergus have a fourth child, Henri-Christian, and his birth causes disruption and superstitions among the Scottish settlers. What doesn’t.
Ian talks of the loss of his Indian wife and child.
Jamie must decide if he will sell of the gemstones they have been saving for future time travel should Roger and Brianna to go back.
Claire experiments with ether, changing time yet again. There will be a few operations.
The Boston Massacre happens.
Fergus and family remove from The Ridge, future in printing.
Jocasta reveals more info on The Frenchman’s Gold.
Roger ordains as a minister.
The MacNeill family has a dire illness that spreads to the rest of The Ridge, Claire becomes very ill but believes that she has been poisoned.
Jamie breaks with Lord John Grey over the growing colonial tensions and his being an Indian Agent.
Richard Brown demands Claire be taken into custody for murder in Wilmington. Claire is asked to be a midwife to the new Governors wife. A rising occurs with colonists seeking the Governor.
Brianna is kidnapped by Bonnet extracted and used in Season 5
The Jocasta and Ulysses flight to Canada to her relations there.
The Frasers and MacKenzies remove to the cabin to see if the published house fire does really occur in 1776.
Jamie joins the rebel’s cause.
Brianna and Roger take their new daughter through the stones at Ocracoke as Claire finds she has a heart murmur and needs a heart surgeon.
An Echo in The BoneBrianna and Roger with their children are living in Lallybroch in the 20th century, 1980. They receive a cache of letters from the past from Jamie and Claire, mentioning the Hoard of Gold.
Jamie is now a high ranking officer in The Continental Army.
William Bucchleigh travels through the stones and finds Brianna and Roger (Cameo for Graham McTavish fans)
Jem is kidnapped. Roger goes back through the stones to locate Jem, but arrives too early in the year 1739. Meeting another time traveller or two.
William Ransome serves in the Kings Army and ends up fighting in the American Revolution, eventually fighting in the battle of Saratoga.
The Bugs go after the gold, and Ian intervenes.
Jamie, Claire and Young Ian return to Scotland to retrieve his printing press.
Press gangs and high seas travel bring the Fraser’s right into the heat of the battles for the Revolution.
Confrontation between Laoghaire and Claire of course.
Ian falls for a Quaker named Rachel.
Reports come that the ship that Jamie and Jenny are traveling on is sunk, and in despair the fact that Claire is about to be arrested as a spy, Lord John Steps in to marry her.
Jamie turns up alive at Lord John Grey’s house alive and quite incensed.

Which of the above mentioned storylines do you see being in this shortened season 6 and longer season 7? Will season 7 include events of the rest of the American Revolution that follows in 1778 with Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. The release of book 9 Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone comes in November 2021 and since it will be hard to press this series on for a 9th season, will we see events come to a conclusion after the War?

Gotta love the time travelling series.

‘Outlander’ Season 6 Cast: 2 Characters Were ‘Impossible’ to Bring Back, EP Says

Outlander season 6: Marsali and Fergus split as star teases ‘testing’ series?

Outlander season 6: Will Brianna and Roger MacKenzie travel back to 20th Century?

Netflix Announces Caitriona Balfe in Adaptation of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Caitriona Balfe Outlander Season 5

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.