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.
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.
In just under three hours you will be glad to see the backside of the “Tryin’ One”. This week we became sadly reacquainted with Governor Tryon (Tim Downie). We knew it was coming after he sent that dispatch to Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) ordering the pursuit and execution of one Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser (Duncan Lacroix) in the final moments of Outlander S4. We’ve had a good long year to get ready for the eventual tear rendering Season 5 opener. We still weren’t ready.
If that wasn’t bad enough, and we thought he wasn’t a bad enough villain, or as Tim Downie, who plays Tryon himself put it, “The Devil incarnate!”. This is all very sad since I have experienced nothing but kindness and a responsive actor, who learned to make fabulous cakes, self-taught, that features mermaids for his young daughters. But he left Jamie with obKnoxious!
Murtagh gets more embroiled in the Regulator Cause. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) gets frustrated with treating the sick and injured without modern amenities. Do we get to see this Duncan Inness after his being kept from the storyline for three seasons? Bonnet (Ed Speelers) will surely rear his mug at some point soon because the Frasers can’t deal with just one villain at a time, they must have three or four.
And where the heck is wee Adso!
Stay tuned for Between Two Fires Episode 502 Saturday, 22nd of February at midnight on the Starz App, Starz Channel Sunday, 23rd of February at 5:05 pm ET 8:05 PT, Canada on W Network at 9:00. UK Monday on Amazon Prime.
Every year of production, the cast and crew available on set have that big class photoshoot. This one includes the Big House all fans have been waiting for. It’s a house designed by Jon Gary Steel, one of his last big set designs for the series. Cast and crew were saying goodbyes, snaps behind scenes, smiles and exhausted tears this week.
We were also graced with more previews, including another wedding bell scene. What is that, one per season almost? Last season’s handfasting counts, right? For more details, check out Lynette Rice’s article here:
Outlander finished filming series 5 this week. On Saturday, October 16, 2019, a wrap party was held with cast, crew, and production in attendance. It’s done, now the long haul through post-production. February 16, 2019 is closer than you think.
Earlier this week the last of the scenes were being shot for season 5 of Outlander. During one food break, Cesar Domboy was caught filling his face. It was the last of the retakes and clean up filming at the end of the last block. Along with this, the official rest of the season’s casting was announced.
One of the speculations we earlier reported was confirmed. Young Paul J. Gormand had been cast a few weeks back, and now confirmed, that he is playing the Beardsley twins. The actor is a bit old for the age the twins are in the book, however the writers may have decided to bring the age up a few years for the story arch coming in book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Special effects can make it very believable, the twins have two different personalities. It’s not an easy task to play twins Josiah and Kezzie as a single actor while filming. Bronwyn James plays Fanny Beardsley.
Chris J Donald returns as Phillip Wylie with a longer and more in-depth, annoying story arch with Claire.
We were also given the names of the Brown family actors. For those who have not read the book, The Fiery Cross, this storyline looked to be one storyline they may drop or the writers could move to next season. However, the Browns do come into play in book 6 again so keeping to the book makes some sense. The actors playing the Browns are Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders, Good Omens) as Lionel, Chris Larkin as Richard, with Anna Burnett as Alicia, being wooed by Isiah Morton, JonTarcy.
This week we saw a blip about and announcement for a young Scottish actor, Paul Gorman. Book enthusiasts know of the characters of the Beardsley twins, two boys that end up being taken into the fold at Frasers Ridge, which is becoming a community of misfits and families that the Frasers (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan) take under their wings. With casting for young Jemmy, there will need to be at least two sets of twins for ages. Given the privacy of young children, we may not see good pictures until after season premier. However the Beardsley twins are a bit older, and they are twins who share many a scene together. That’s why the casting of a young relatively unknown, Paul Gorman is a mystery. Will he be a Beardsley, playing both roles, or playing William. Photos have come out this week showing Lord John Grey and a very young officer.
Paul Gorman has done extensive stage work with Scottish Youth Theater and is a member of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. There are two film credits, Eavesdrop and Tooth. Outlander is a great vehicle for new talent to showcase.
As you may have read in the various feeds, there have been a lot of new changes for Season 5. One of them is that both Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan are now producing for season 5. We know that Cait is very serious about this new role, as she showed up on set well before Sam did, because she is such the professional. Both actors hinted at taking on greater roles in the production of the Outlander series late last year. We’ll see what new directions the series takes with the pair taking a hand in production.
Other actors from the show, all showing their scripts or table cards started posting on Instagram this week, including Duncan Lacroix, whose name was misrepresented again, and lamented over a bit in his Instagram feed. But he takes it all in with great humor.
Hang on and keep checking your feeds, it’s going to be a long Droughtlander.
Duncan Lacroix shared his Birthday Trip plans on Instagram this week, he was on trains, planes, and automobiles to visit his pal Graham McTavish at his home in New Zealand. There was a New Years Eve greeting hours before the rest of the world even woke.