Outlander Updates: A Major Casting Announcement and Major Awards Come A-Calling!

by Jennifer


Fear not, Sassenachs: we may not have a premiere date for season two, but we do have two HUGE pieces of news for you all while we wait. First, the Golden Globe nominations were announced December 10th and Outlander got three: Best Television Series – Drama, Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Catriona Balfe), and Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Tobias Menzies). Second, a massive casting announcement came down on Monday, December 14th. We should meet two pivotal characters in the second season of Outlander (based on Dragonfly in Amber), but those roles have gone uncast for the majority of filming. Finally, we have a face for a name and many Sassenachs are thrilled with the choice. 

(R) Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall in 'Outlander.' (Neil Davidson/Starz)

Golden Globe Nominations

Outlander was shut out of the Emmys this past year, but has been nominated for and won a number of other awards, including the Saturn Awards (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films), People’s Choice Awards, Critics Choice Television Awards, and more. The three nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are the show’s most prestigious to this point. The show itself is nominated for Best Television Series – Drama alongside such shows as Game of Thrones, Empire, Mr. Robot, and Narcos. Catriona Balfe’s nomination as Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama puts her in the company of actresses like Viola Davis, Robin Wright, Eva Green, and Taranji P. Henson. Menzies’ nomination is for Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television; he’ll compete with Alan Cumming, Christian Slater, Damian Lewis, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Of course, being nominated is an important event in itself, but winning would put Outlander into a new category, which hopefully will lead to the announcement of a third season now that filming on season two is soon to wrap. The Golden Globes will be aired on NBC Sunday, January 10th at 7 pm CST.


Major Casting News – Roger Wakefield Is in the House!

We met wee Roger Wakefield, the adopted son of Reverend Wakefield, in episode eight “Both Sides Now” of Outlander’s first season. He is mentioned briefly in the first book, but really starts to take on a much larger and more essential role starting in Dragonfly in Amber, first as the historian who helps Claire answer a question about Jamie’s fate after Culloden and later as a part of the Fraser/Mackenzie family in ways that you can’t imagine when we first meet him. The role had gone uncast throughout much of the filming for season two, to the dismay of most Sassenachs who wondered if we would see Roger or Brianna Randall, Claire’s daughter at all before a potential third season. Confirmation of Roger’s presence in the new season of Outlander came on social media this past Monday when producers announced that Scottish actor Richard Rankin (Burnt, The Crimson Field) had been cast as Roger Wakefield. Huzzah!

Rankin is 6’0” tall, Scottish, and a singer, all important for the role of Roger, who is a folk singer in addition to being a historian. The announcement of his casting was met with approval across the Outlander fandom, from the cast to writer Diana Gabaldon to the throngs of Sassenachs who have been awaiting news about Brianna and Roger. The question now becomes, when we will see Brianna? Rankin has been in Los Angeles for some time, presumably testing with actresses possibly vying to become Brianna, while on-location shooting for season two approaches its end.

When we hear any casting news for the pivotal role of Brianna Randall, you will be sure to see it here on Sister Geeks!


Are you excited about Outlander’s Golden Globe noms? Will you be watching the show to see Cait and Tobias? What do you think of our new Roger?

One thought on “Outlander Updates: A Major Casting Announcement and Major Awards Come A-Calling!

  1. I love Outlander! I have been book fan for years…and even recall saying “someone should make a movie of this”. I will be watching the awards and pulling for the Outlander bids. Also, I don’t know Rankin but I would bet that I’m going to love him as Roger Mac


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