Photo: Jamie and Claire, Season 6, Starz
Happy Thanksgiving all. We have much to be thankful for in the Outlander world, a new book, and Season 6 coming….
Today Starz released the opening credits for Season 6.
There are several interesting things to note… the song starts out with “a lad that is gone” vs a lass, and then joins in with a lass in the second refrain – does this mean a balanced Season 6 for Jamie and Claire? Diana has said it’s the best season after Season 1, so far, so maybe? One theory about why Season 1 is so special is that they were filming in their own bubble, focused on the story and telling it, with no outside influence. If ever there was a season like Season 1, with the closeness and feeling they were in their own bubble, it would likely be Season 6.
Presumably, these are the credits for Episode 601, and I spotted some things of interest. The first, is that Mark Lewis Jones has top billing, after Sophie and Richard, and before John Bell and Caitlin O’Ryan. Does this reflect his stature as an actor, the size of his role in Episode 601, or the fact that he is a main character throughout Season 6? Hmmm. Notably absent from the credits are Alexander Vlahos and Jessica Reynolds, who play Malva and Allan Christie. Actors who don’t appear as regulars are often credited at the end. After Caitlin, are César and Lauren, in that order, followed by some new names – Glen Gould and Simon R Baker.
IMDb, Glen Gould
Glen is originally from the Mi’kmaq community of Membertou First Nation, located on the island of Unama’ki (aka Cape Breton), Nova Scotia. He moved to Toronto at age 19 to pursue a career in Acting.
IMDb, Simon Baker
Simon is also First Nation, Cree, from the Cowesses Band, in Broadview, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been acting since the age of 9.
The addition of these gents to the cast likely means we will see Jamie as the “Indian agent” described in ABOSAA, and, or they could be featured in Young Ian’s Mohawk story, backstory, or all of the above. Interesting.
Sam and Caitriona have producer credits, as they should have, Sam listed first. We see a glimpse of this wee lad – Germaine? Jemmy? With a toy airplane instead of a Vroom…
The gorgeous cinematography is back, as well as Costume designer Trisha Biggar, who filled Terry Dresbach’s shoes for Season 5…
We (or I, anyway) have been anxiously awaiting the news of Jon Gary Steele’s replacement – which came in this credits release. Mike Gunn, known for his work on Filth (2013), Late Night Shopping (2001) and Eddie the Eagle (2015) is the production designer for the show this season. I am looking forward to seeing his work.
And this season we see Roger, Bree, Marsali, and Fergus in the opening credits…
Shaina Fewell is back (yay!). Team writers Alyson Evans and Steve Kornacki, who wrote my least favorite Season 5 episode: Ep 505, Perpetual Adoration, are back. Luke Schelhaas, who did a great job in Season 5 in my opinon, is back. Barbara Stepansky is missing from the credits and I’m pretty sure she was on the writing team for this season. The other producers mentioned have been with the show for at least one season or more. Original writer Toni Graphia is back, and Matt is still running the show, with Maril on board, as always. Amazing casting director Suzanne Smith is still working her magic as well.
I am excited for Season 6! And Bees! Yay!
I hope you are enjoying a peaceful and safe holiday if you’re in the US, surrounded by love. And if you are elsewhere in the world, may you have a blessed Thursday (or Friday!).
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