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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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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.

Please thank and like themusicsweetly for taking this great panel taping. Season 8, Murtagh’s Ghost may make an appearance? I did mention spoilers, right?

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.

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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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Heughan v. Lacroix v. McTavish at Wizard World Chicago 2021

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Great news, Sam Heughan has a chance at tag-team wrestling or a boxing match since both Graham McTavish and Duncan Lacroix were announced as guests at Wizard World Chicago!

Good news is as of this writing, there are still tickets! If you are in the Tri-State area, you are in for a treat. And really you should go see the Windy City, because once these three are done with the city, it will never be the same!

IMG_6098Graham McTavish shared a Tweet on his joining in the mayhem. He’s threatening to get “The Band” back together. Wondering what musical instruments they will slaughter, starting with Kazoos. Please no Clarinets, Graham. Graham has been stacking up the roles since he left Outlander in Season 2. Buy autographs and chose a vast array of stills for him to sign, Preacher, Lucifer, The Witcher, Castlevania and coming up, House of The Dragon.

 

IMG_6097Duncan Lacroix will be appearing Saturday and Sunday, and they even gave him a panel. Look out! Autographs and Photo Ops promise to be quite crazy, as Duncan is usually up for anything! There’s rumor going around that there will be a boxing match or mud wrestling. And the Whiskey better come by casket.  

Wizard World Chicago Oct 15th-17th at the Donald R Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Tickets for admission are separate, and the photo ops are going fast. There are waitlists already. So check out the tix here:

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Claire’s Journey: Season 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Graham McTavish is Filming in Cornwall, UK

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Graham Mctavish has done it again. He has been cast in a production in Cornwall, UK and is keeping the production under wraps. Well, sort of. He did drop hints. 

All you Game of Thrones fans, the prequel House of The Dragon is filming in Cornwall. So there’s a distinct possibility Graham is rubbing it in Sam’s face a bit, and joining another alumni, Duncan Lacroix who had a small part in the original game of Thrones series. 

Being as filming is taking place in the beaches and dunes area, and that’s where Graham was wandering today, it’s probably the likelihood that this is the production.

In nearby Devon, The Witcher has been filming in recent months, however that has wrapped so we think and so was the Star Wars prequel, Andor. But that is said to have wrapped recently as well. 

If you are lucky to have gotten to the UK with Quarantine restrictions being lifted, swing by the Cornish Coast. I mean you really want to have a bit of a Poldark Tour, don’t you?

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Graham McTavish at Comic Con Scotland

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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.

Comic Con Edinburgh October 9th and 10th 2021, Edinburgh Royal Highland Centre, Islington, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB, Scotland

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.

Comic Con Scotland Tickets Here!

GOT Prequel House of The Dragon Secretly Casts Graham McTavish?

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Rumour has it, well Grahan said it, that himself has been cast secretly in House of The Dragon, HBO’s prequel in the world of Fire and Ice. But do we believe him? He’s often cast in some great roles, however he also does like to joke and tease. And well, does he get to rub Sam Heughan’s nose in it a bit? Sam tried for GOT 7 times was it? Hmmm.

The actor recently revealed in a few interviews that he has been on set, however HBO has not officially announced. The show is just beginning production which means we will probably not see the series premiere until 2022. However, there is a stage production in the works and since Broadway is opening back up and travel soon opening, you can get your HOTD on.

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Men in Kilts: How Did They Fit in That RV?

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Well we are in to week two of the new series, Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham, with Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish. So far, so good. We see lots of amazing Scottish countryside, that just makes you want to have a tantrum over travel restrictions. Or makes you that much more determined to get back to Scotland.

The first two episodes went from “Food and Drink” to “Scottish Sports”, and a few things in between. The sport episode just shows you how much manly challenging these two do to one another, the jabbing and ribbing, and the gratuitous clips from Outlander. In episode two, Sam challenges Graham to several sports, and surprisingly, or not, Graham is much better at throwing a hammer than Sam. Very competitive these two are. And how two such big personalities could fit in the wee RV is amazing, it must be like a TARDIS on the inside.

Next week it’s “Song and Dance”, time to hit the cultured road of Scotland. Hope you can join us and have some repast from the Outlander Droughtlander.

Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham Sundays on Starz®, Amazon and Amazon UK.

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NYCC 2020 Sam Heughan vs. Graham McTavish Deathmatch

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Very silly talks about Men in Kilts show, Clanlands Book about the series, Outlander, pet peeves, and the Trivia Deathmatch. Josh Horowitz interviews them about the Clanlands project Graham conceived and finally got down to doing this last year. Enjoy!

And Graham must eat or have a latte every two hours or there will be blood!