Cover photo: Jamie saves Baby Willie’s life in Episode 304, Of Lost Things, Starz
It’s a good time to be an Outlander fan. We got spectacular Bees in November, Season 6 is fabulous, (be sure and catch our BTS Season 6 Episode Discussions if you haven’t already), and now Season 7 filming is underway! I mean, are we lucky, or what?
I’ve been meaning to do a William post for a long while now, and the recent signs that Season 7 filming is underway, like the tall ship spotted in Fife,
(which makes me think we will see Governor Martin and Tom Christie back in Season 7), and the tall Scot, also spotted in Fife,
along with an official announcement this past week from Starz and the cast…
mean it’s a perfect time.
I don’t think we’ll see William in Season 6. Maybe we would have done, if Season 6 were 12 episodes, but with only 8, I find it unlikely. The question is, was he cast already for Season 6? This tweet from Diana back in February, makes me think not…
Yeah, me too! https://t.co/72vFx2Dtcy
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) February 11, 2022
Has he been cast yet for Season 7? Sometimes they do casting as they go, so it all depends when he will appear in Season 7 – which somewhat depends on how Season 6 ends, which we don’t know yet.
What we do know, is that he won’t be introduced at Bonnet’s execution, since that happened back in Season 5; but after seeing the creative and seamless adaptations of Season 6, I have no doubt it’ll be perfect. He is a much anticipated character, that’s for sure.
I went to Twitter yesterday to ask the experts who should play William, and below are many excellent suggestions!
But, first, some background info – according to Outlander Book Expert Karmen Schmidt, (and others, thank you all for your responses), “Bree was born in 1948 and William was born in 1758. So first blush suggests he was 10 years younger, but they are 202 years apart. So she is 12 years older than William by my math. i.e. Bree would have been born in 1746 had Claire stayed.”
Bree and William meet in July of 1776 in ABOSAA, which means he is 18 and she is (adjusted age) 30. (Claire is 57, and Jamie is 52 at the start of ABOSAA).
OK, on to your suggestions!
*Please note – I only included suggested actors (no models / singers 😁). Also, let’s remember – these very handsome young men are people, please run replies through an internal filter before putting them in print. Thank you.
I’ve been meaning to do a piece on Who Should Play William for a long time now – I’ve been collecting ideas from you guys over the years. Before I put it together, any more ideas out there? Was he already cast for Season 6? And if so, will we see him? #WhoshouldplayWilliam pic.twitter.com/GklXEbc2D6
— Courtney Williams OutlanderBTS (@Courtilini14) April 6, 2022
“George MacKay is my number 1 after I saw 1917. He is not a dead ringer for Sam but he has the same kind of energy.”
@wakefulwife ‘s other idea for William: Callum Woodhouse
“Callum Woodhouse is my 2nd choice…but it’s a tight race between the two. I would be thrilled with either.”
@Okiemom50 ‘s idea for William: Alex Roe
“For years now, I’ve been suggesting Alex Roe. He’s an English actor who has been in a few things. Has an English accent, 6′ tall, Blue eyes, Built like Sam…”
@Portside49 ‘s idea for William: Louis Partridge
“Louis Partridge is an English actor, 18yrs (was in “Enola”).”
@Portside49 ‘s other idea for William: Josha Stradowski
“Dutch actor from Wheel of Time, Josha Stradowski, he speaks perfect English.”
@LydiaHerlihy ‘s idea for William: Adam Palsson
@Suzanne47 ‘s idea for William: Bill Skarsgard
“My first impulse … assuming when we meet Will and that he is still YOUNG… was Corey Gruter Andrew from Anne with an E. Big ++ he is Canadian AND a very good actor.”
@YRoseTexas ‘s idea for William: Josh Whitehouse
“I think @VictorMeuteletwill be perfect for that role”
I think I got everybody!
In the past, fans have also suggested for William: Jacob Collins-Levy
And, there is quite a contingency of people who think Sam should play William, citing Tobias playing BJR and Frank, and also Paul Gorman playing both Kezzie and Josiah Beardsley. I think that would be a tall order for Sam – just hours a day and makeup wise! To go from Grandpa Jamie to 18 year old William, and play both parts, not to mention, how to have continuity of facial hair 😟. I suppose anything is possible!
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