Reader Favorites

Posts become popular for different reasons: sometimes a piece strikes a universal chord, often it’s a matter of timing, and also who promotes it. Here is a list of my most popular posts, by category for your perusal. This is a good place to come and hang out for a while, especially during Droughtlander. This page is updated periodically, so check back! Enjoy…


Season 6

As I publish posts about the filming of Season 6, they will go here. Yipeee!

More On Season 6 Filming, Courtesy of Elle Mag

Photo: Sam and Cait filming the new season of Outlander! by Robert Wilson for Elle Magazine Here it is: the official announcement about Season 6 production from Starz, Now *this* is wonderful news. We're officially in production on #Outlander Season 6! — Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) February 9, 2021 via a nice piece from Elle Magazine, […]

Alexander Vlahos Heads to Scotland

Photo: Alexander Vlahos,   Eagle eyed Outlander fans spotted reports on social media by Alex Vlahos, best known for playing Philippe, Duke of Orléans, in the television series Versailles, that he recently traveled to Glasgow for a new “top secret” role. Richard Rankin responded with an invitation for tea, and minds started spinning. Could […]

Season 6 Filming Starts, Amid Covid-19 Concerns

Cover photo: BTS Season 5, by Caitriona   ****Update – Nicola Sturgeon has just announced a new nationwide lockdown law for Scotland today (Jan 4), starting tomorrow (Jan 5), based on rising numbers of coronavirus. Source: itv. On the site (published today, Jan 4), it says that “Film and TV production can continue to […]

Happy Holidays and Malva Will Be in Season 6!

Photo: S5 ending, where we left off. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Caga Tió, Furaha ya Kwanzaa, Happy Boxing Day, First footing, Ōmisoka, or whatever you happen to celebrate! We got an exciting update from Starz yesterday – from Sam, Cait, Sophie, and Richard about filming starting for Season 6, and some little tidbits. Sam […]


Season 5

These are my most popular posts, articles, interviews and discussions from and about Season 5!!!

Sam Heughan on Wearing that Red Coat & More- Wizard World NOLA

Photo: Courtney and Sam at Wizard World NOLA Jan 2020, fireside chat.   Check out my other interviews here: My Interviews. To see our Season 5 Episode discussions, go to  OutlanderBTS Episode Discussions. Photo: Sam during our interview at Wizard World, NOLA, by Wizard World. For more of my interviews, go to Interviews. Go here to […]

Graham McTavish on Buck, Dougal, Clanlands, TGOS and More

When This Guest of Summer co-producer and Outlander fan Jacki Lippman contacted me and asked if I’d like to interview Graham McTavish soon, I was chuffed (as you Brits like to say). Graham was, in fact, the first cast member I ever met, back in March of 2016, just before Season 2 aired. We met […]

J & C, Rog & Bree, Jemmy, Murcasta, Mohawk Ian, The Bugs, Creepy Beardsleys, & Fave Scenes for S5

Cover Art: by the uber talented Vera Adxer. Vera on Redbubble. *** WARNING*** This post contains MAJOR spoilers for non book readers. I don’t advise reading this unless you’ve read the Outlander series through at leastA Breath of Snow and Ashes. Book readers and non book readers who don’t mind major spoilers, read on. Similar to […]

OutlanderBTS What’s NEW – S5 Updates, Cast News, Casting, And More

Photo: Outlander cast enjoying some down time S5 Filming update… Earlier this month, Diana mentioned on the Lit Forum that Season 5 is “actually looking really good.” (Waaaahooooo!! ??). She also said that they can’t stick exactly to the book, (of course), but that they’ve taken specific pieces and done them “quite faithfully,” including original […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 509 – Monsters and Heroes

Cover Photo: Claire and Jamie, Monsters and Heroes, Starz Please enjoy our discussion of Ep 509, written by Shaina Fewell, and directed by Annie Griffin! xo Below are some runners up for cover photos… For our Season 5 Episode discussions, catch up here: Episode Discussions. We are lacking #BTS508 and #BTS501, still to come over the […]

Season 5 Wraps Today… Congrats Cast and Crew – Photos

Cover Photo: Duncan Lacroix, Instagram Many congratulations to the hardworking cast and crew of our favorite tv show! Thank you so much for all of the energy, love, hours, sweat, and tears you ALL put into this production. I did a What’s New yesterday, reporting that filming wraps today. We also had Sam’s Twitter Q&A, […]

“Thanks Courtney for a very fun interview.”
— Graham McTavish

“What a perfect start to 2020! You were amazing, Courtney. Love your professionalism, wit & sense of humour. A great honour indeed, but one you deserved! We Outlander fans were very lucky that you hosted the panel & hope you’ll host many more in the future.”
— Claudi

“Great interview Courtney! Love that the interviews aren’t rushed and we really get in depth answers. Your questions are thoughtful and I enjoy hearing about their casting experience. I’m excited for Graham, it sounds like he’s got a lot of great projects coming up.”
— Krista

“You’re the best! What an amazing recap of everything #Outlander,I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s so hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, and I know I can always count on you to keep me updated. Thanks a million, Courtney!”
— Susan T.

“How can a youtube online review make me cheer, laugh and cry? Ladies, I will miss you.”
— Karen Y.

“This left me breathless, just beautiful.”
— Suzie

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Passion Pieces

These are created when I feel compelled to write, and in some cases, pieces that emerged when trying to write something else…

Sam and Cait, Jamie and Claire, Choices, Fantasy, and Real Life…

Photo: from Sidewalks interview, Aug 2014. Awww, look at these two cuties just starting out on their adventure….  I went back and forth about whether to tread into these murky waters, the risk being a bunch of negative attention. Here I go… I get what shippers see. I see it too. I think Sam and […]

Fans Express Concerns about Season 4 in The Wake of Recent Publicity…

As I begin writing this, treading into the murky waters of potentially pissing off the production, especially Matt, possibly Terry, maybe Maril? I think about Oprah’s words at the Golden Globes…”What I know for sure, is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” So, I’ll say this: it’s never my […]

“Well said. You have an amazing gift of putting all what we are thinking and feeling into words with so much respect for Ron and the outlander team.”
— 5Robs

“Just so you know… I posted a link to this blog in a blog I just finished. I really appreciated how you voiced your opinion in a pleasant and thoughtful way.”
— Beth Wesson

“Jesus H Roosevelt Christ! That was well said!!!!! You have a gift for searching the heart of the matter and then conveying it in such a graceful way.”
— Beth E.

“So much food for thought!! Great article, interesting scene picks at end… I will be back after rereading a few times.
— Diane

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Clips, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels, Trailers

These are clips, trailers, deleted scenes, and gag reels from all seasons. Enjoy looking back to earlier days and laughing (or crying), with the cast and crew. Check this section for new posted videos – can’t wait for the Season 5 gag reels!

The Season 4 Gag Reel… Enjoy!

Photo: Sony/Starz… Does Murtagh lose his mind in Season 5??? Nawww, that’s Duncan pulling a face, in the Season 4 gag reel!  Here is the Season 4 gag reel, (thanks to Heughlander 2.0) which is verra entertaining, imo. It’s wonderful to see how much fun these guys have on location, and DANG it looks cold […]

Jamie & Claire, Rupert & Angus, Murtagh & Fergus on Delousing… Deleted Scene

What a treat! Enjoy this comedic deleted scene from Episode 209… The gang’s all here, discussing their unique approaches to getting rid of lice. I can certainly see why Grant nicknamed Claire “Kill Joy” (or something similar) based on this scene. Phew! In her defense, this precedes the PTSD sequence, so she’s not exactly supposed […]

“It’s a wonder they ever get anything done, the way they keep cracking each other up!! To the administrator of this page, many, many thanks for your work! I have this page bookmarked and refer to it often due to all your excellent content.”
— Karen H.

“Thank You!!!! as usual just wonderful (smile).”
— Adele

“I know they have to edit, but these details make a difference to the overall effect of the scene… thanks for posting them.”
— Katrina

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My Interviews

Here are my most popular interviews over the years, with select members of the cast and crew…. (Some are in the Season 5 section above).

A Wee Chat with Emma Campbell-Jones, on Playing Mary McNab

One of the highlights of Episode 302, for me, was the Mary McNab scene with Jamie. I thought it was played perfectly by Emma Campbell-Jones, and by Sam. That scene had to be portrayed just right to make it believable, and it was. Sam was convincing as a heartbroken, soul crushed, aggrieved man, while Emma […]

Duke of Pardloe, Earl of Melton, Harold Grey ~ Sam Hoare, on Playing Lord John Grey’s Big Brother, Hal

Those of us who watched the Facebook Live Chat with Maril and Toni  heard the first (that I’m aware of) words of encouragement from the production team about the possibility of a Lord John Grey spinoff series. When asked about it, Maril said, and I quote: “I don’t know, maybe… you know, it’s certainly something […]

Online Video Chat with Lotte, Grant, Nell, Stephen, Annette, & Steven from Today!

Thanks to Wizard World for keeping us in contact with the cast of our favorite show! You can still buy autographs from these guys until midnight tonight click here:  GET TICKETS NOW. – Here’s our video from today – content starts at about 10:43. Enjoy! Back to editing our Episode 510 discussion! Sending love to all, […]

Tim Downie on Playing the Gov’nah ~ William Tryon

Photo: Starz, Tim Downie as Governor Tryon, Season 4, Outlander It’s Memorial Day in the US, the day we commemorate and express appreciation for the millions who’ve served, and given their lives, from colonial times to present day, for our country. Thank you to all who have fought for the freedom and independence of the […]

Gary Young, on Playing Mr. Willoughby/ Yi Tien Cho

It’s Wednesday, February 21st, 1:30PM, and I’ve just dropped off my 15-year-old at the bus stop for afternoon classes. Usually he rides his bike, but it’s 15 degrees (Fahrenheit), and the streets are covered with ice. I tuck my sick 11-year-old and our dog up into her bedroom with lots of food and drinks and […]

“Thank you for all the time, thought and energy you put into this, and for the excellent questions and conversation, Courtney, I love it and hope Outlander fans feel the same.”
— Sera-Lys McArthur

“Wonderfully insightful interview into this pivotal character’s motivations and history. Nicely done!”
— Linda M.

“I love your interviews — so in depth, well-thought-out and engaging.”
— Anna

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Outside Interviews

Besides creating my own content, I bring you what I consider quality content created by others. These are the most popular outside interviews provided on my blog over the years…

Great EW Round Table Discussion Lead by Maril, with Sam, Cait, Richard, and Sophie

Excellent discussion, I really enjoyed this! Thank you Maril, EW, and Cait, Sam, Richard, and Sophie! I loved what Caitriona said about not objectifying men.    For other great S5 interviews, go to All Posts or my Season 5 Premiere Prep Guide. The lasses and I discuss Ep 501 today! I will endeavor to get that out by […]

Duncan Lacroix On The Inner Workings of Murtagh, S3, and Heading to LA – Lovely Candid Interview with Scotland’s Daily Record

Excerpt from Daily Record: Duncan Lacroix on Murtagh… “I’m not sure many people really knew who he was for the bulk of season one until the Search episode when my character and Claire tried to find Jamie, then you got more of his back story,” says Duncan. “Then, in season two, he was the only […]

Tobias Menzies Interview Access Hollywood

Photo: Tobias Menzies, Access Hollywood, Season 2 press tour, Outlander Mr. Menzies on his involvement in Season 2 being akin to that of a “doting” parent. Great little interview with Tobias… Go here ➡️ for more posts about Tobias Menzies. Subscribe to receive an email each time I post a new piece: Subscribe Become an […]

Diana on the Origin of Mr. Willoughby, S3 Filming Schedule, and How Jamie Became a Virgin

Photo: from Diana’s website In an interview with Scotland’s The Herald earlier this month, Diana said filming was on schedule. “There are 13 episodes in season three and they are right in the middle of the sixth episode. They filmed the eighth episode already – they were out of order as they needed to accommodate […]

OutlanderBTS #TBT: Season 1 Boot Camp, Where it All Started…

Photo: Sony, Cait and Sam – Outlander Season 1 Boot Camp. Before filming for Season 1 started, the cast went to 1700’s Scotland boot camp, including: horse riding, brawling, Gaelic lessons, and bonding. Here is a wonderful BTS look back to the very beginning… NOTE – This video looks like it might not work but […]

“Courtney, this is absolutely brilliant! One of the funniest interviews ever! Thank you, lass!”
— Rosanne

“A great interview with Duncan – I’m sure those years of hardship are what enabled him to bring the integral truth of Murtagh’s character to life in such a sincere way. Best of luck Duncan in LA – now that’s being brave!”
— Jayne

“David seems to be such a lovely man. I really enjoyed his Lord John Grey!! Hope we see him again in S4!”
— Karen H.

“Absolutely loved it! It’s hilarious, insightful and often when we see what actually occurs behind the scenes, we get to love and appreciate all the hard work and fun put into our beloved Outlander.”
— Rhona

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You guys love when our cast and crew go to awards shows! And we all love it when they are nominated and WIN awards! Here are my most popular posts about awards over the years…

OutlanderBTS Season 5 Updates & Insights, Diana Award in Scotland, Thoughts on Bees Release

Photo: Jamie, Claire and Jemmy, by the ever talented and gracious Vera Adxer  Happy Spring! As the Outlander story goes on and gets bigger and bigger, so does the cast, crew, and the fanbase. At any given time, there’s always something new to report, if not a lot to report!  Top of mind for fans […]

And the Award Goes to… Sam and MacKenzie at The Oscars… Outlander BTS What’s New

He wore New Balance, complete with matching sports watch, and a black baseball cap….?. Sam posted this picture earlier yesterday saying “Watching @TheAcademy from up here!”  My guess is  he was on a training run for the actual ceremony – shaking off some jet lag and going out for a pre-Oscar afterparty night spin. Sam […]

Two Oscars and a WIN for Outlander

Photo: Stunning Cait and Sam at the Oscars Vanity Fair party Feb 26, 2017; Hannah Thomson Outlander has had a flurry of awards activity recently including nominations for awards, winning awards, and attending awards parties. It’s hard to keep up! Here’s a look at the most recent happenings… Sunday night (Feb 26) Sam and Cait […]

“Courtney, thanks so much for all your BTS posts. Brilliant to see Sam and Caitriona getting some exposure here in England at BAFTA.”
— Mandy

“…Your posts are always very professional and really interesting. You put a lot of work into them and it shows.”
— Diane D.

“Nice to see Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in a festive setting. They look relaxed and happy. Beautiful couple. And, 3 more seasons, 4, 5 and 6 to look forward to as well. Life is grand!
— Karen

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OutlanderBTS Deeper Dive

We all like to know more about the people and things related to our beloved Outlander. Here you’ll find posts that dive into more detail.

(New) Longer Version of Sam & Caitriona Original Chemistry Test

Well, this never gets old… In case you missed it, a new (longer) version of Sam and Caitriona’s original chemistry test has surfaced, thanks to Fraser’s Ridge Brasil. This one includes the “bear hug” moment we’ve heard about over the years. Enjoy… Subscribe to receive an email each time I post a new piece: Subscribe Become […]

Murtagh Spotted in Season 4! Now… Will He Get Married???

Cover Photo by John Cooper Photography *Spoilers for book and non book readers. We fans almost always have differing opinions about the show’s choices to make departures from the books. Some of us like them, some of us don’t, and there are normally folks on all points of the continuum between strongly agree and strongly […]

Older J&C, Baby Bree, Young Adult Fergus, Old Leg Hair… Lots To See in Season 3

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 […]

“Thank you very much, Courtney. I’m always thrilled to read your fantastic posts! I appreciate all the time and love you put in them and your witty, humorous comments.”
— Claudia

“Thank you for the post it was really wonderful. They had a connection from the beginning.
— James

“Wow!! Thanks for posting, Court! Interesting to see how the script changed from the screen test to the actual show. Their chemistry is obvious. We are fortunate to have Sam and Cait as Jamie and Claire!
— Peggy

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Episode Discussions

During Season 4, I started an episode discussion group, including myself and these 3 lovely ladies: Dr. Karmen Schmidt, PhD (Outlander Anatomy), Dr. Catherine Toomer, MD, (contributor to Blacklanderz), and Antoinette Simmons, JD, Criminal Defense Attorney. Our most popular discussions are in the Season 5 section, with these as runners up… (Go here to access all of the OutlanderBTS Episode Discussions).

OutlanderBTS Episode 406, The Discussion – Blood of My Blood

OK ladies and gents, it’s Friday evening, you’ve worked hard all week, time to grab a cocktail and join me… I invite you into this warm, wonderful, and often hilarious discussion of Episode 406, with the same crew from last time (Episode 402, The Discussion) : Antoinette Simmons, Karmen Schmidt (Outlander Anatomy), Catherine Toomer (Blacklanderz), […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 504 – The Company We Keep

Claire and Jamie in the Moonlight Walk scene, Ep 504, Starz Here it is…. Life dictated that we were a small group this week, but the others are always with us in our minds and hearts. Please enjoy… To catch up on our Episode Discussions you may have missed, go to Episode Discussions.  Let us know what you thought […]

OutlanderBTS The Discussion, Episode 508 – Famous Last Words

At long last, the journey of this episode discussion has arrived at publication. This one was quite powerful, in many ways, including behind the scenes, for all 4 of us. Fertile ground for personal and communal growth, indeed. You may want to rewatch Episode 508 before watching, as it’s been a while. Thanks for joining […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 411, The Discussion – If Not For Hope

Photo: Brianna hears something… Starz, Episode 411 Phew! This one is long, and good, and nsfw (not safe for work), meaning, in this case, if you’re listening to this at home or at work, earbuds are recommended. You need to know that we discuss pretty much EVERYTHING in 411, and beyond. There are MAJOR spoilers […]

OutlanderBTS Episode 409, The Discussion – The Birds and the Bees

OK folks, in time for a Thursday night cocktail. Enjoy….   For more Episode Discussions like this one, go to Episode Discussions.  If you’re looking for more Outlander during Droughtlander (aside from anticipating Bees, re-reading Diana’s other 8 books, and re-watching the show), visit my Interviews page, and Reader Favorites page. Subscribe to receive an email each time I post […]

“Absolutely loved this discussion. These 4 women are amazing and spot on. I don’t know how they all came together, but the dynamic is pure genius.”
— Dottie

“THIS IS ABSOLUTELY the BEST discussion about Outlander… I agree with everything your panel says even when they disagreed with each other. Brilliant ladies!”
– Pelly

“This was amazing. Informative. Sensitive. Wise. Thoughtful. As well as being food for further thought, I am thrilled to see women of color as part of this exchange of ideas.”
– Cynthia

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OutlanderBTS What’s New

Every once in a while I do a post that catches us up on all people and things Outlander; I call these OutlanderBTS What’s New. Here are the latest BTS What’s New installments (those that aren’t already listed in the Season 5 section, above).

OutlanderBTS Wee What’s New: Droughtlander’s Here, S6, BTS Discussions, Trisha Biggar

Photo: Groovy ’60’s Murtagh and Jocasta, Duncan Lacroix, Instagram With the airing of the Season 5 finale, Droughtlander begins again: we are now officially between seasons. Thank you to the producers, writers, cast, directors, crew, staff, @SPTV @STARZ @RonDMoore @TallShipProds @ChrisFParnell @JeffreyAHirsch & everyone that helped make @Outlander_STARZ #Outlander Last but certainly not least @Writer_DG […]

OutlanderBTS What’s New: SAM & CAIT Twitter Q&A Starts SOON, S5 Wraps, Updates, Awards, Photos, & More

Photo: Just Jared, Sam H hobnobbing with Royalty… Lots of news in this installment of OutlanderBTS What’s New, grab your cuppa, lunch, breakfast, cocktail, etc., and find a cozy seat for a relaxed read, here we go… Sam’s Twitter Q&A just happened. If you missed it, no worries, I have captured it here: Sam Heughan […]

OutlanderBTS Season 5 Updates & Insights, Diana Award in Scotland, Thoughts on Bees Release

Photo: Jamie, Claire and Jemmy, by the ever talented and gracious Vera Adxer  Happy Spring! As the Outlander story goes on and gets bigger and bigger, so does the cast, crew, and the fanbase. At any given time, there’s always something new to report, if not a lot to report!  Top of mind for fans […]

“Thanks Courtney! Glad to get a wrap-up of all things in Outlander land, without spending time looking everything up!”
— Jane

“You’re the best! What an amazing recap of everything Outlander,I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s so hard to keep up with everything that’s happening, and I know I can always count on you to keep me updated. Thanks a million, Courtney!”
– Susan

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OutlanderBTS Adventures

As part of my Outlander journey, I go on what I call OutlanderBTS Adventures. These are trips to fan conventions, gatherings, and premiere events, where I take photos, sometimes do interviews, and often write stories about my experiences, which I share with you…

OutlanderBTS Adventures: SiWC and Outlandish Vancouver 2019

Cover photo: Diana, surrounded by her cast of characters, Outlandish Vancouver I have just returned from SiWC, and it was a great weekend. Highlights for me were: spending time with Diana, spending time with Karmen, conference moments, meeting/seeing old and new friends, and my river cruise with the Outlandish Vancouver folks.  The flight to Vancouver […]

Happy 5th Anniversary Outlander!! And Outlander Returns to NYCC in October

Photo: Starz, Season 5: Jamie and Jem, Claire, Bree and Roger Today marks the 5th anniversary of the first airing of Outlander! Here is a video from location of Sam and Cait reminiscing… happy birthday, outlander !! ????#Outlander #SamHeughan #CaitrionaBalfe — Olga (@MakkOlga) August 9, 2019   Both Starz, and Sam, announced this week […]

OutlanderBTS Adventures: ECCC 2017

Seattle…. This trip was interesting. It was rife with complications from the beginning. There were mix ups with the organizers, equipment issues, babysitter mishaps, sick kid, arduous logistics, etc., which differs from my usual OutlanderBTS Adventures. I was paying attention. My flight was delayed two hours, so I arrived late on Thursday night. As I […]

OutlanderBTS Adventures: Gracious, Humble, and FUN!!! Most of The (Male) Cast of Outlander @Starfury, Part 1 (Thank you Guys!)

I’ve been to one Outlander gathering before, this past March in Cologne, Germany. I enjoyed it so much that I bought tickets for this one, in London. The beauty of these European gatherings, for me, is their relaxed nature. They’re kind of like an Outlander retreat: an opportunity for fans and actors to mingle, among […]

OutlanderBTS Adventures: A Trip To New York City With Mom (part 1)

Click Here for OutlanderBTS Adventures: NYC Part 1 Photo Gallery She’s a month shy of 79, a lifelong seamstress, and she once told me of spontaneity, “When you tell me these things at the last minute, it feels like having a bucket of cold water thrown in my face.” We couldn’t be more different. When […]

Outlander BTS Adventures: Outlander in the City

Photo: A kiss-marked Stephen Walters talks to comedian Bruce Devlin at Outlander in the City   As I packed for New York, tears streamed down my face. “You don’t seem very happy, Mommy,” said my 10-year-old daughter. “I don’t feel very happy,” I said.  Fascial release often liberates more than just muscle tension; it loosens scar […]

272: Remembering Scottish Highlanders, and the Battle that Changed Everything

Today marks the 272nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which as we all know, effectively ended the Highland way of life in Scotland. This relatively recent (in the big picture) tragedy is commemorated each year in Scotland, and in Nova Scotia, Canada (and possibly elsewhere?). More about that in a minute, but first, some […]

An amazing article. A very rare gift to have – being able to write in such detail and hold our attention to each word. Loved reading your adventure! Send some more!”
— Rhona

“I am new to your blog and I have to confess I’m a dreadful snob when it comes to reading stuff online. Generally I get bored a paragraph or two into pretty much any article or blog and then move on to another, and god knows, there are so many others online one can move on to. I’m a retired English, Theater and Film teacher… so when I say I read this whole thing without a pause, that’s a compliment I’m not able to give often. I truly enjoyed it. Your writing style, the tone you create, your descriptions and details, all are so warm and arresting. I haven’t been in NYC for a few years and you gave me the entire package; the energy, the crowds, the smells and sights all came flooding back to me.

Thanks for writing it all down for us. I really appreciate your work.”
— Rebecca

“Really enjoyed this. You have a wonderful writing style that draws me into your experiences as though I’m hearing a friend tell me about her adventures.”
— Janet

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Outlanders in Other Projects

As the story grows, so does the number of people who work on Outlander. This section contains posts about our Outlander team and their other endeavors.

Pssst… Wanna See Sam’s Audition for “This Guest Of Summer?”

In case you haven’t heard, Graham McTavish is making his directorial debut in a new film called This Guest of Summer. The Comedy Horror feature film will also include fellow Outlander actors Duncan Lacroix and Stephen Walters, plus a couple of actors from The Hobbit series. Graham is running an Indiegogo campaign to help raise money […]

From Batman to the King of Men, Here’s a Look at Sam’s Days as a Superhero

Before Sam Heughan played Jamie Fraser, King of Men, he played Batman (and Bruce Wayne) in the world touring stage show, Batman Live, based on the DC comics superhero. The show played all over the world, debuting in Manchester, England in July 2011 and finishing in December 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Playing a superhero seems […]

Heughan Talks with Caitriona Balfe and MJ from the South of Africa… Arrrrg

With all these minor stories, like Season 4 casting, and Sam’s birthday out of the way, I can do a post with real journalistic substance…. (where is the tongue in cheek emoji, anyway?)  Back by popular demand is another thrilling Heughan Talks, by the edgy and lovable (in my book) Steven Cree. Guests of this […]

“Thank you for sharing this lovely video! Yet another example of Sam’s big heart and his fantastic sense of humor. The children are adorable and funny! A date with Sam would be a dream come true!!”
— Gisele

“Thank you for sharing this! I’ve wondered quite a bit about Sam as Batman. This group of videos answers a lot of questions. He was great in this production. Loved this info.”
— Satn

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OutlanderBTS Casting News

I sometimes do more in-depth pieces about new cast members after they’re announced (and occasionally before). I also speculate sometimes! You’ll find those here.

J & C, Rog & Bree, Jemmy, Murcasta, Mohawk Ian, The Bugs, Creepy Beardsleys, & Fave Scenes for S5

Cover Art: by the uber talented Vera Adxer. Vera on Redbubble. *** WARNING*** This post contains MAJOR spoilers for non book readers. I don’t advise reading this unless you’ve read the Outlander series through at leastA Breath of Snow and Ashes. Book readers and non book readers who don’t mind major spoilers, read on. Similar to […]

Season 5 Casting Announcement! ADSO

I recently sent out a query about what scenes people would like to see in Season 5, and many people responded that they are looking forward to the addition of one wee feline named Adso. Looks as if Adso is so! Starz announced just now that this little beauty will be playing Adso this season. […]

OutlanderBTS Fave Photo Tues: Cait + Tim Downie, S4 Cast & More What’s NEW

Photo: Caitriona Balfe at Emerald City Comic Con, March 2017 This is not the perfect picture, but it’s such a good one. Not perfect, because just as I snapped it, ECCC 2017 Outlander panel host Clare Kramer (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who also played Courtney (?) in Bring It On), lifted her hand into […]

Diana, the Sculptor & A Deeper Look at Season 4’s Jocasta: Maria Doyle Kennedy

Photo: Maria Doyle Kennedy, BBC America This post contains straight up SPOILERS for non book readers, so proceed with that knowledge.  Jocasta Cameron… we meet this intriguing new character, (who as book readers know, will be around for a while), in this next season: the visual adaptation of Diana’s fourth book in the Outlander series: […]

More on Hannah James, who is Playing Geneva Dunsany (you Lucky Dog, you! ?)

Photo: Allison Brophy Champion/Star-Exponent. Hannah James in front of her family home in Radiant, VA 23-year-old British/American actress Hannah James was raised in Virginia, on a farm. Excerpts: Home schooled until age 10, she grew up close to the land, exploring the open space with an older sister. James’ mother is British, so the family […]

“Courtney, you are killing me. I am soooo impatient for November. Thank you so much. I love your post.”
— Astrid

“Huzzah! You never fail to intrigue me and challenge both my memory and my speculative powers!!?? Loved this piece as a way of getting ready for Season 4! Bring it on!! x”
— Susan

“Thank you Courtney for this post and all of your posts. I always love reading your insights (still loving the expression “Autumn Beauty” discovered in one of your previous posts). Maria Doyle Kennedy is an awesome actress. I was excited to read that she had been cast to play Jocasta.”
— Michelle

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OutlanderBTS Episode Recaps

Occasionally I have done Episode Highlights and Recaps over the seasons, and you’ll find those here…

Discussion Highlights & Insights with Diana, Cast, Crew & Fans ~Episode 401

Photo:  Starz ? First, a couple of informative, logistical things… You can find the scripts and the podcasts for the Outlander Season 4 episodes right here on good old Go to the Outlander Behind The Scenes homepage:, and scroll aaaaaaaalll the way down to the bottom right-hand corner, where you’ll find “Links to Great Outlander […]

OutlanderBTS – Episode 308: Was This The Real Reunion?

To my children, Laura Juliet, Samuel Gordon, and Jennifer Rose, Who gave me the heart, the blood, and the bones of this book.  — dedication for Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon. Ahhh 308: Jamie and Claire felt like Jamie and Claire, and the supporting characters, including Lallybroch, were like coming home to a warm embrace. In the podcast […]

“I am an educated, retired elementary school teacher… I read as many of the articles I can about Outlander because I am just as obsessed as everyone else… your comments I always enjoy, and when presented in your easy to read style seem as though I could have come up with them myself. Thank you for your ideas, the pictures, references and everything else that you offer. This is my favourite Outlander commentary.”
— Linda V.

“Loved this!!! I’m so excited to see the Print Shop Episode but this was a perfect go round of the wedding. I really appreciate your writing. So catching every nuance and reminding us of all it brought. Good work!! And thank you!”
— Linda B.

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We can all agree the the costuming for Outlander is phenomenal, and BTS about the costumes is always a big hit. Here are the most popular posts I’ve done on Outlander costumes.

The Bat Suit, and There’s Room for Everyone

One of the things I love about this Outlander trip is the tremendous acceptance, inclusion, love, and transformation that happens in, around, and because of it. There are so many different personalities, perspectives, talents, and energies in this community of artists, fans, and well, just people. And, there’s enough room for all of us. Surely […]

Outlander BTS Season 3: Emmy Nominated Terry Dresbach Gives a Glimpse into the S3 Costuming World

Okay, so I am going to try to take everyone through our process starting with the beginning of prep… — Terry Dresbach (Outlander Costume) (@OutlanderCostum) June 27, 2016 I have been officially working on S3 for two weeks now. Most of that time has been spent planning things with my team, remotely. — Terry Dresbach […]

Terry Dresbach Talks Dressing Lord John Grey: Ep 406, Blood of My Blood

Photo: LJG and Jamie, 406, Starz But first, it’s my pleasure to announce that I will be hosting another round table discussion this week, on Episode 406; I look forward to bringing you our lively discussion. If you’d like to add a discussion topic suggestion, please comment below.  As many of you know, Season 4 […]

FASCINATING & Entertaining Terry Dresbach @ Thru The Stones, Courtesy of Outlander Cast

Photo: Grant and Terry at Thru the Stones, Daily Record *SPOILERS* FOR NON BOOK READERS – YOU’VE BEEN WARNED Below is a delightful panel with Terry Dresbach (who is SO FUNNY!) from Thru the Stones fan convention, held this past December in Iowa. Terry’s talk starts at about 13:10. Thanks to Outlander Cast for capturing this […]

“Thank you so much Court. I am somewhat overwhelmed. Very kind.”
— Terry Dresbach

“I love that she made her suit. Having made costumes, formals and much more for 3 daughters, I knew she could do it. Terry is a magician.”
— Margaret V.

“The costuming in this show is magnificent & the designers & seamstresses deserve awards. It made perfect sense that Claire would be prepared for her return to the 17th century by seeing her own outfit.”
— Janet K.

“Thank you, Courtney, for both arranging another roundtable and paying tribute to Terry Dresbach with this gorgeous example. We will certainly miss her next season and forever. She’s such an amazing artist and person! ”
— Claudia

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OutlanderBTS Q&A Recaps

From time to time we get a Q&A (question and answer session) from one of our lovely Outlander folks, and I often recap them. In this section you’ll find your all time favorites…

Sam Heughan End of Season 5 Twitter Q&A Highlights

Okay here we go!! #askSam @Outlander_STARZ — Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) November 20, 2019 Watch season 5 and find out! ???? — Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) November 20, 2019 It’s a great season. Difficult for everyone! For Jamie eps 7… 9… 12!!!!!!? — Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) November 20, 2019 Many! I think you’ll see! […]

Caitriona End of Season 5 Q&A Highlights

Caitriona may not be great at converting time tables, but she’s damn good at Q&A’s – thank you so much Caitriona!!!! Alright alright alright. Got your questions ready? #AskCait — Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) November 20, 2019 Aww thanks Danae. I’m good. A little tired but feeling happy and ready for my last day tomorrow #AskCait […]

The Fraser & MacKenzie Lasses Live Tweet the Finale ~ Highlights

Photo: Starz, Claire and Jo Whay exactly has Jocasta smiling?? Going to stay up way past my bedtime to live tweet with y’all ….who’s in? ⁦@Outlander_STARZ⁩ #OutlanderFinale — Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) January 27, 2019 Quite a lot ( in fairness, they’re gigantic sleeves ????) — Maria Doyle Kennedy (@mariadkennedy) January 28, 2019 @jongarysteele […]

“This was terrific, Courtney! I missed the Q&As, so I appreciated having that part included–your method of linking the tweets to relevant photos was quite brilliant.”
— karenjeanne

“Thanks for compiling these all into your blog! It is always a great pleasure to have another wee peek into the inner workings of Diana’s incredible mind.”
— Joanne B.

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OutlanderBTS Original Photos

Occasionally, on Tuesdays, I share an original photo taken (by me) at some point over the last few years. Come here to see all the photos, old and new.

OutlanderBTS Favorite Photo Tuesday + New Sam Interview + Season 5 Scoop

Photo: Sam Heughan, Season 2 Premiere week, April 2016, NYC, @ Saks 5th Avenue The news keeps rolling in! At the BAFTA’s (full coverage here), in an interview with Digital Spy, Caitriona said there would be a long, 7 month hiatus between Seasons 4 and 5. Personally, I think this is fantastic news. As I’ve […]

OutlanderBTS Favorite Photo Tuesday… Cait and Sam

Photo: Caitriona listens attentively as Sam answers an interview question; a reflection of St. Patricks Cathedral and a tinsel haired Claire wearing the iconic brown dress from Season 2 form the backdrop It’s Tuesday, and I’m releasing another favorite photo. This one is of Caitriona and Sam and was taken from the press line at […]

OutlanderBTS Fave Photo Tues: Cait + Tim Downie, S4 Cast & More What’s NEW

Photo: Caitriona Balfe at Emerald City Comic Con, March 2017 This is not the perfect picture, but it’s such a good one. Not perfect, because just as I snapped it, ECCC 2017 Outlander panel host Clare Kramer (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who also played Courtney (?) in Bring It On), lifted her hand into […]

“Looooove that photo! It’s the mischief in his eyes that captures me (and obviously many others)! What a delightful man! Thanks so much for catching that moment.”
— Anna

“Great picture. Love his character!! (Ian Senior)”
— Ana Inés

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