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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Outlander's Opening Images

Written by: Holly Richter-White

Long lost Outlander title sequences that were never chosen by Ron D. Moore? A never-before-seen Outlander mood board used to inspire the Season One title design ultimately chosen by Moore? A new Season 3 Outlander title sequence envisioned by fan video creator Julia LeBlanc? We've got all this and more in this post. It's the time to drown our Droughtlander woes in a look behind the artistry, significance, and drama surrounding the Outlander Title Sequence.

Outlandish Locations: Discover the Bloody History & Haunted Towers of Blackness Castle

Written by: Anne Gavin

Scotland essentially serves as its own *character* in the Outlander  saga. Accordingly, the television series has showcased many of the country’s finest historical locations prompting thousands of visitors to flock in record numbers to visit. It’s called the “Outlander Effect” by those in the tourist and hospitality industry in Scotland. We like what we see on screen, but what do we really know or understand about the importance of these locations or the role they played in the history of Scotland?  We at the Outlander Cast Blog thought we would help out by bringing you a new blog series highlighting the history and the lore of Outlander filming locations around Scotland. We start with Blackness Castle, used as the gloomy and foreboding "Fort William" and also known in modern times for its unexplained paranormal activity. Catch the history bug and get ready for a few ghost stories as we explore this Outlandish Location.

What does Starz Season 3 Outlander Teaser Tell Us? Get ready for Jamie tragedy.

Written by: Janet Reynolds

Starz released its official Outlander  teaser (not to be confused with a trailer, which would be longer and perhaps really tell us something) right before its new show, The White Princess.  What did we learn in those 40 seconds about the upcoming Season 3? That we're going to need a lot of patience and hankies before we get what we all want—to see Jamie and Claire reunited.

Outlander Cast Blog Exclusive: An Interview with Diana Gabaldon in South Africa

Written by: Jayne Coleman

When I made plans to visit Cape Town for my vacation, I was so hopeful I’d be able to meet some of the Outlander  cast or crew, as well as area Outlander fans for a South African Outlander Cast Blog meet-up. Sure, Cape Town is a large city, but I was going to go to the studio where they were filming. Fans saw Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Scotland. Why not South Africa?

Then I heard Diana Gabaldon was going to be in South Africa and Cape Town around the time I would be there. It is possible I could meet her? A fan can dream, right?

So I emailed her and asked. I still can’t believe how bold that was. I mean, why would Diana Gabaldon agree to meet with yet another fan? True, I write for a blog with a large readership, but so what?

Imagine my surprise when Diana said yes! I almost fainted dead away—especially because I got her response just after I had finished a 14-hour drive away from Cape Town and she wanted to meet the next day. The good news is this story ends well. Here’s our exclusive interview with—yes—Herself.

In Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, It’s a Matter of Trust

Written by: Karen K. Rutledge

Diana Gabaldon makes reference to “trust” more than 60 times in the first two books of the Outlander series alone. (Trust me, I used Kindle Search to count.) It appears in all manner of references, like this simple-yet-powerful declaration Jamie makes to Claire in Outlander:“I decided to trust you instead.”

Considering that trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone   could it be the secret ingredient in the Outlander series sauce? From the start, Ms. Gabaldon gains our trust as we eagerly embrace her sci-fi, romantic, historical, adventuress genius. She reaches into our chest, grabs our heart and holds it in her hands, pulsing and throbbing, as she takes us along on Claire’s implausible, magnificent journey.

Using not only the actual word “trust” but an Outlander lexicon of related words and phrases (like vow, truth, between us, believe, Faith), Ms. Gabaldon intertwines the relationships of our cherished Claire and Jamie  both their own special bond and the relationships each has with a host of others. Besides the trusting relationship that is built between Jamie and Claire, there are so many delicious and, yes, sometimes deeply disturbing ones. But which, if any, can pass the “trust test?”

Fall is coming... Outlander vs. Poldark, Literally.

Written by: Ashley Crawley

Remember the debate last fall? No, not those debates. I’m referring to the one where we reconciled our collective guilt for obsessing over Poldark in an Outlander-like fashion by comparing the two shows pecs-to-pecs head-to-head. Well, obsessenachs, that Outlander vs. Poldark scenario just got real—very real— with the announcement that Poldark will be back on U.S. screens starting October 1 at 9 p.m. Why? Because that’s the EXACT day of the week and EXACT time that Outlander will also finally be back on our screens. And the scheduling plot thickens…

Droughtlander Reading Recommendations: What's On Our Nightstands?

Written by: Nikki Gastineau

Droughtlander. Sigh. Will it ever be over? How does an Outlander-obsessed fan pass the seemingly endless days until September? The writers of the Outlander Cast Blog put our heads together to compile a reading list of our favorite books. As you might imagine, there is a pronounced bias toward history and the supernatural, but I was actually a bit surprised at the breadth of the recommendations. If you’re looking for some titles to add to your summer (or winter depending on your hemispherical status) reading list, I think you’ll find something that appeals to you. (We've included links in case you're inspired to buy and get going.) Without further delay, I give you the Outlander Cast Blog Writers' Droughtlander Reading List.
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