Artwork by Vera Adxer
This post contains major spoilers for non book readers, you’ve been warned!
I was poking around for any new casting announcements, wondering who’ll play all the characters we’re excited to see in S3: Duncan Innes, Hal, Father Fogdon, Lawrence Stern, Mina Alcott, Mamacita, Aloysius O’Shaughnessy Murphy, Margaret and Archie Campbell, not to mention Ping An and *Mirabel! Many interesting and challenging roles to play, and who wouldn’t want to join this fabulous show? Those wacky Campbells… Good God. Diana’s imagination was in full gear for this one. (Not that it ever isn’t). Voyager is definitely one of my favorites. How about you?
I didn’t find any new casting info, but I did find something related to the character of Mamacita: her sangria recipe, which is available from Outlander Kitchen: Mamacita’s Sangria Recipe (in case you have any parties coming up).
As I searched, I became interested in looking at the lifespan of the characters and their children, over the (almost) 9 books of this story.
Once again, I was reminded not only of Diana’s genius: the mind that created this complex multitude of characters and their stories, but also the genius of casting director Suzanne Smith and her team. I don’t know how she does it, but she does. She manages to find great actors who are _so_ well suited for their roles AND are nice people too (very important). Suzanne, if you ever consider an alternate vocation, I think you’d be an ace at match making.
Let’s take a look, starting with Claire at 27…
In Season 1, we saw Young Claire, played by Elizabeth Bowie. In this flashback,Young Claire (of maybe 12 or 13) is about to light a cigarette for her Uncle Lamb while on an archeological expedition.
Claire of 1968 is seen here saying her final (she thinks) goodbyes to her soldier, Jamie.
Jamie is 19 in this flashback to his first meeting with BJR…
And here is a first glimpse of Older Jamie, recently released by Starz (a pretty great aging job by Outlander Makeup Dept, if you ask me).
Here is their child, Baby Bree, in this photo from Starz of a scene coming up in Season 3…
After this shot was released, some disgruntled fans insisted that Claire would never gaze lovingly at Frank after the birth of Jamie’s child. Art answered the call, and several fan artists created their own renditions of this scene. Here are two…
Here is Bree some years later, (we’ll call this one Little Bree), in Boston with Intervening Years Claire. Little Bree is played by Niamh Elwell.
And of course, 1968 Bree is beautiful Sophie Skelton. We may see more Bree’s of different ages in S3…
Check this out… Here is Elizabeth Bowie (Young Claire) who even looks a bit like (future daughter) Bree (Sophie Skelton from another movie). Suzanne Smith is tho-rough!
Well, then I started thinking about Brianna’s brother, William, and what he might look like… half brother to Bree, and son of these two… (I purposely chose a photo of Jamie looking unhappy, sorry Geneva, we are Claire fans…)
OK this is a digression, but here are two possibles being discussed for the role of William (by fans). On the left is Jacob Collins-Levy from Australia who plays King Henry VII in Starz The White Princess. On the right is Alex Pettyfer, a 27-year-old English actor. What do you guys think?
Moving on… Then, of course, there’s Roger. Wee Roger was played by this edible little munchkin, Rory Burns.
In “screen time” he grew into this fine, braw lad, 1968 Roger, Richard Rankin, who has those same big blue eyes (looking right uncomfortable here playing referee between Claire and 1968 Bree).
(I don’t think I’ll venture off into Jem and Mandy just yet…)
It wouldn’t be Outlander, and certainly not Voyager, without the Murray line. I’m reminded that we should be seeing older versions of Jenny and Ian also in Season 3.
We first see Young Jenny in Season 1, in Jamie’s flashback to their first meeting with horrible BJR. I think Jenny is about two years older than Jamie, so, maybe 21 here?
And then there’s Lady Jenny a few years later…
Their eldest was born while Jamie was away (as you know), Young Jamie…
We will be seeing Mature Young Jamie in Season 3, played by Scottish actor Conor McCarry; he does resemble baby brother…
Young Ian, John Bell…
The apple doesn’t fall far from the family tree… as John Bell (Young Ian) is seen here pulling the same kilt twirling move as Uncle Jamie… er… Sam
Photo: Marcia M Mueller from ECCC2017
In fact, The Scottish Sun ran a wee story, and Sam & John tweeted about it some days later…
— The Scottish Sun (@ScottishSun) April 12, 2017
— John Bell (@JohnBell) April 13, 2017
Look good to me pal!x😜 https://t.co/h3ShJS15V3
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) April 14, 2017
We may well see grown up Baby Kitty as well as more Murrays in Season 3…
Then of course there’s Wee Fergus, played by adorable Romann Berrux, (who has already grown up so much since this photo)
Over the course of Season 3, Wee Fergus grows into dashing Young Adult Fergus, played by Cesar Domboy.
Here they are together… Again, nice job Suzanne ?
Hmmm, I’ll just throw this photo in here too…
We can’t forget Young Lord John Grey, played by Oscar Kennedy…
We see him grow up in Season 3 as well, into beautiful Adult LJG, played by Aussie actor, David Berry…
Here’s our first glimpse of Young Geillis, back in Boston, 1968…
And 1743 Geillis some years later… (well, earlier, well…)
We will get to see Older Geillis in Season 3. In the books she has gained a lot of weight. I don’t think we’ll see that from our Lotte Verbeek, but I am interested to see the transformation. I am also interested to see how they handle the bit between Geillis and Young Ian ? ?
And then there’s this one, who we met at Castle Leoch when she was a wee 16-year-old. Unrequited love turned her into a regular 18th century Mean Girl, Young Leg Hair.
I’m kinda looking forward to Older Leg Hair, myself… ? She’s not without redeeming qualities. I quite like the character of Marsali, her daughter, who will be played by Lauren Lyle… Another dead ringer on the casting, at least for looking alike.
And then of course, there will be the start of this line… Lauren and Cesar (Marsali and Fergus)… that wedding is one of my favorite parts in the book- hilarious. I still think Bill Shatner would make an excellent Father Fogdon. (and what are they doing in this picture anyway, taken recently in South Africa… looks like climbing gear?)
They will yield wonderful Germain, Joan, Félicité, and wee Henry Christian (if we get that far, and I hope we do!)
In Season 3 we may be seeing Older Ned Gowan, which would be lovely. We met, uh, Less Old Ned Gowan, of course, in Season 1, played by Bill Paterson. He’s such a great character. I don’t know what the punishment was for brandishing a weapon in court, though…. Maybe Ned took Geillis’ spot as the Fucking Barbecue? Hope not!
I presume we will see Baby Young Ian (who will probably look a lot like Baby Kitty). We may see a Younger Old Ian (OK these naming conventions are getting tenuous) with two legs in a flashback…? ?
We might see a Child Jamie Fraser, with a Child Willie Fraser (not to be confused with Finn’s Willie (ahem)).
And I would imagine we will definitely see a Baby William and a Young William.
And last but not least, of course, we’ll see Frank. Here is Young Frank, on his wedding day. Certainly the most animated we’ve seen him, I think. Poor guy, first the war and then Jamie. This marriage never had a chance.
And here’s Older Claire and Older Frank in a shot released by Starz this past weekend. Frank looks a little older, but not much. I believe this is at Bree’s graduation.
So, you see, the casting possibilities really are endless, as the lines blur between new actors, and makeup changes to the “old” ones. Between time travel and flashbacks, literally anything is possible with this series. I would imagine this is at once exciting and overwhelming for the writers and producers. Looking forward to seeing it all…
Oh good golly, I forgot these guys. Look at those two giggling, this is probably the night _it_ happened ?.
Aislín McGuckin, who plays Letitia MacKenzie with brother-in-law Dougal MacKenzie (Graham), in a BTS photo, Season 1.
We won’t see Hamish in Season 3, but he may well pop up later… that Dougal, helping to father the nations…
Wee Hamish, played by Roderick Gilkison.
*CORRECTION: Father Fogdon’s beloved sheep is Arabella, not Mirabel. I merged her real name with that of my favorite get away destination, Miraval 😁. Thank you to Allison J for that catch!
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