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Ready to cry? Outlander's Matt B. Roberts on the print shop & more!

Written by: Janet Reynolds

Let's be frank: The Outlander Twitterverse can be a dangerous place for cast and crew to enter. While predominantly a forum for happy sharing and announcements and fan love, it periodically swirls into a toxic soup of some fairly strange behavior where people forget that if you wouldn't say it to the person's face, then maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't type it either.

Given the inability to gauge on any given day exactly which fans you're dealing with and how they might actually respond to something you type, I remain amazed and appreciative that Outlander folks still jump in to the Twitter feed on a fairly regular basis. We had two recent brave souls: Caitriona Balfe, who celebrated reaching 200,000 Twitter followers with a one-hour #AskCait Twitterfest, and a few days before that, writer extraordinaire and co-executive producer Matt B. Roberts. In case you missed it, here, without further delay, are 10 things we learned from Roberts' tweets about Season 3.

Outlander Inspired Halloween Costumes

Written by: Mary Larsen

Most of the listeners of Outlander Cast know that I am a massive Christmas elf. You should just consider me Buddy The Elf's biological sister, in fact. BUT, there are some parts of life that come in a very close second. First and foremost of those parts – Halloween. Perhaps it's the kid in me, or the fact that I refuse to ever truly grow up – but there is something quite magical about All Hallow's Eve that almost rivals even St. Nick's night. Which is why I suppose one of the greatest mash up movies of all time is A Nightmare Before Christmas – thank you, Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, thank you so much for that beauty of a film. I digress.

As you all know, I am a huge fan of TV too. And with that in mind, I am slave to world-building in television too whether it be Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and yes, Outlander.  Being enveloped in a completely different and well-fleshed-out world is so enthralling to watch.  Again, is that the kid in me talking? Perhaps.  But either way, these worlds sweep me off my feet for an hour at a time, or at least the small amount of time I need to recapture my sanity after being with my children all the time.

Considering my love of all things Halloween, and the vast worlds that have been built by the likes of Robert Kirkman, George R.R. Martin, or Diana Gabaldon, I thought it would be fun to explore some costumes made by fans just like you and I that were inspired by Herself and her Outlander universe...

#AskCait Q&A on Twitter -- Everything you want to know about Outlander's Caitriona Balfe!

Written by: Anne Gavin

Caitriona Balfe served up a whopper of a Q&A on Twitter today.  She promised to do so when she reached 200,000 followers on Twitter, and keep that promise she did!  For more than an hour, Caitriona generously answered questions from eager Outlander fans and was joined by a few other cast members.  Gee, I wonder who?  Check out some of the more interesting questions (and answers) below... 

Fairies, Folklore, Witchcraft & Waterhorses – The Symbolism & Superstitions of Outlander

Written by : Anne Gavin

Samhain is fast approaching.  Known as the Day of the Dead – Samhain marks the ancient Celtic holiday when spirits are free to roam amongst the living. In addition to alluding to a number of Gaelic feasts, Outlander is full of references to many Highland myths, symbols and superstitions passed down over generations of the Celtic people. Mythology and folklore touch every aspect of Claire and Jamie’s adventures and many of the colorful characters they encounter along the way. So, as we observe Samhain, held annually from sunset on Oct. 31 to sunset on Nov. 1, what better day to examine a few aspects of Outlander’s rich world of symbolism and imagine how life must have been when medicine and science were often cast aside for demons and superstition.  Let's begin...

Out of Faith: Fan uproar over an extended scene

Written By: Holly Richter-White

So, a clandestine un-aired extended version of Season 2 EP. 7 "Faith", written by Toni Graphia was released into the fandom ahead of the DVD release. I saw it when it was retweeted by episode’s director Metin Huseyin, with immense praise for Sam. And then Diana got involved, as how could anyone seriously not love that performance. And from it all, fans cried foul. “Why was it cut?” This scene was perfect! We NEEDED this!”

After seeing Season One’s edits, and discussing their rationale, irate book-fans mostly understood what was necessary for adaptation to a visual medium. These cuts made sense.

But this time, this particular edit bleeds particularly deep among fans- both book but now, also TV-only fans. And of course, some fans went all personal in their criticism, which really wasn’t constructive. Thankfully, there were more than enough fans with respectful critique.

GLOBAL GIVEAWAY: The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons One & Two

Fellow Outlander fans around the world, rejoice!  The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons One & Two is finally available for our #Droughtlander pleasure!

We here at the Outlander Cast Blog, and Outlander Cast with Mary and Blake have decided to spruce things up around here with some giveaways for fans – no matter where you live!

First up, we are giving away a copy of The Making of Outlander, and there are SEVERAL ways to enter.  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn how!

In the Company of Women: Friendships as seen through Outlander’s Claire Fraser

Written by: Anne Gavin

There is something mystical yet earthy about our friendships with women.   Oftentimes our girl friends are so like us in many ways, but just as often they are so very different.  Throughout a woman’s lifetime, we may discover friendships that enrich a specific time in our lives or fulfill a particular need.  Those friendships might be fleeting but it doesn’t matter because they were there when we needed them and perhaps, when they needed us.  And, then there are those of us fortunate enough to have life-long friends unearthed perhaps as far back as the paddling pool or the playground or sitting across from each other on our mothers’ laps.  Those friendships are rare and prized.  

I identify with Outlander’s Claire Fraser in many ways, especially when it comes to her female friendships and the seasons of her life that find her wanting and needing different things from very different women.  We see in Claire a fiercely independent woman, raised essentially without a mother figure and surrounded by strong men most of her early life. However, when Claire pierces the veil of time, she encounters several women in her 18th century life that profoundly impact her.  And, it can certainly be said that Claire’s female friends find their friendship with Claire life-changing in many ways as well.  Let’s see if you can relate to the various friendships that Claire discovers in Scotland and throughout her travels as we seek to explore her friendships with women and the transitional moments she shares with them.

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