Outlander’s Newest Voyage Begins in September

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For fans of any television show, nothing is worse than that inevitable hiatus between seasons. For some fandoms, like Game of Thrones and now Outlander, that hiatus stretches much longer than we all may like, but that time gives producers and writers the chance to bring something epic and satisfying. With Outlander moving on to the third book in the series, Voyager, this extended break between seasons better brings us all the best damn season ever after Starz’s recent announcement about Claire and Jamie and their story. Continue reading

Outlander Season 3 Casting Update + a Bonus

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Joe Abernathy – Wil Johnson

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Joe is Claire’s fellow doctor and friend, the person she trusts most in Boston, where she is a surgeon. As she wrestles with what to do next after finding out that Jamie survived Culloden, Joe becomes her touchstone and Brianna’s guardian. British actor Wil Johnson has been tapped to play Joe to Balfe’s Claire. His previous credits include British television dramas such as Waking the Dead, Emmerdale, and The Five.

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A Love Sandwich: An Outlander Season Two Post-Mortem

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Now that Outlander’s second season has come and gone and the story of Dragonfly in Amber has been told, for better or for worse, it’s time to revisit the season as a whole to look at the particulars that made this season what it was. Originally, I wanted to call this week’s post-mortem a look at the good and the bad, but it’s difficult to write bad when looking at a copy of the second book and realizing what a massive undertaking this season was for the writers. Continue reading

Building a Bridge: Thoughts on Outlander 2.13, “Dragonfly in Amber”

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When I was out of town last, my mother texted me a picture of a bridge my son had built between two concrete blocks. He likes bridges; at almost five years old, they make sense to him. You take two things and you connect them with whatever’s handy. They’re a means to an end, a way of getting from one place to another, bringing together two disparate places to continue a journey. While I was watching this last episode of Outlander’s second season, I saw the bridge from what the show has been to what it will become. Continue reading

Herself Writes an Episode: Outlander 2.11, “Vengeance Is Mine”

by Jennifer

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With the end of season two imminent, it’s time to staying tying up loose ends and who better than Diana Gabaldon herself to help that process along? This week’s episode features revelations galore and a spectacular end to a problematic presence. Work in some gore, a bit of humor, and Claire playing both badass in charge and a woman in distress and it’s pretty much Outlander at its best. Continue reading

“Too Many” – Outlander 2.10, “Prestonpans”

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 If you think that Outlander is a show whose audience should primarily be women, then you have missed the point of the show and the book series it adapts: it’s the purest of storytelling, epic in scope, but familiar and intimate in its subject matter. Love between two people and the resulting familial bonds set within a context that brings complexities well-known to many generations: politics at the macro and micro level; war and its tragedies; and pioneering with its many risks. If you think all of this is merely women’s literature, then you are missing out on so much. Continue reading