Photo: Jamie and Claire, Season 5, Starz
The fabulous, wonderful, talented production team is filming away. By my calculations, they are about to start week 12 of filming. At two weeks per episode, that means they’re midway through filming Episode 6, so literally halfway finished with filming the season right now. They may or may not be going in order, we don’t know. Starz announced that there will be a Season 7, and they introduced the actors who are playing the Christies last week (if you haven’t seen that, go to Tom Christie, Malva Christie, and Allan Christie for details).
Ron gave an interview at the December 2018 Thru The Stones Convention (his wife Terry Dresbach – Costume Designer for Seasons 1-4 was asking the questions), during which he talked about the writing process – from “breaking” a book, to filming. (I will publish my notes from that interview later). Based on what I learned from Ron, these are my hopes and best guesses for the storylines we’ll see in Season 6. (I will do a separate post about what scenes I hope to see).
There are HUGE SPOILERS!! in this post!
Below are the major threads I hope to see developed in Season 6 of Outlander, based on the ABOSAA and An Echo In the Bone books. They are arranged in descending order, and my hope would be that the largest amount of screen time gets devoted to Number 1, and then goes on up the line. OK, here goes…
Number 10 –
Wendigo Donner & Richard Brown- OK, these two aren’t related, but I put them here at number 10, because I think they are each important to the story, but I hope we don’t see too much time devoted to their parts. Donner is of course involved in the fire (which I do think will be in Season 6), and Richard accuses Claire of murder and takes Jamie, Claire, and Tom Christie “for trial.” Good stuff, but keep it short please guys, because as Antoinette says, “We only have 12 episodes!” 😁
Number 9 –
The Lizzie, Kezzie and Josiah storyline… We’ve had hints from the production that this storyline is in, and it’s a great one, so I hope we see it – again, as a minor thread, vs a major focus.
The Frenchman’s gold – This storyline seems important, but has not been developed at all so far in the show. Not a problem, they can use flashbacks and improvise. It will be interesting to see how they do it (if they do). If they do do it, I hope it will also be fairly minor.
The Bugs were introduced last season, but not developed at all.
Will they bring them back and develop them for their part in this storyline? We will need to get more invested in them for it to work in my opinion. Or will they replace their part with another character or characters? Or take that part out altogether? Richard Brown would fit in nicely, but he was not connected to Bonnet and never went to River Run, that I know of. Lt Wolfe? I don’t think there will be new River Run scenes, as Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) is not in Scotland filming so far yet this season. Maybe she will head over at some point? We shall see.
Number 7 –
Now getting to some meat. Tom Christie’s storyline, with Claire – repairing his hand, he falling in love, becoming schoolmaster, and I believe they will pull his story forward from An Echo In the Bone – so we’ll see him give his life for Claire, the fire, and the wrap up of that whole thread. Maybe.
Number 6 –
Number 4 –
Young Ian’s backstory – working through his grief about Emily and his child. Perhaps helping Jamie as an Indian Agent, his involvement with Malva (ahem), and then Allan Christie! Big moment with the Arch Bug character (or his replacement). They probably still have all of the Native American sets from Season 4, but what about the actors? They came from Canada. And then of course, his journey to Scotland, and a reunion with his parents if they get that far. I would very much love to see Jenny and Ian again.
The Roger and Bree storyline – Roger becoming a minister, in charge of new settlers, the Christies, Amy McCallum, and making Vrooms. Brianna’s engineering pursuits, Mandy, Claire’s discovery about her heart defect, their return through the stones and back to Lallybroch. The letters. I think we will see Buck again this season as well as possibly meeting Jerry McKenzie.
Number 2 –
The return of William and Lord John Grey – Clearly they won’t meet at Stephen Bonnet’s drowning, but perhaps in Wilmington when they are looking for Mandy’s gemstone. How much of William we get to see, and LJG, is unknown. I know this will likely come toward the end of the season, and I trust Matt to give this reunion (with Jamie & LJG watching them from a window), the space it needs and deserves. I chose this as number 2 because it’s a big moment for the story and the fans, but obviously won’t get more screen time than Numbers 3-7!).
Aaaaand, Number 1 –
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