And the Winner Is... Results of THE CASTIES are in!

Written by: Holly Richter-White




Emmys schwemmys, seriously who needs them... and who cares. There’s no love quite like fan love, and boy did we show Outlander our devotion. Nearly 2,000 fans voted in THE CASTIES, the first-ever fan awards for Oultlander, and we announced the winners in all 22 categories via a LIVE Outlander Cast show on Saturday, Sept. 10. Weren't able to tune in? Dinna fash, we have you covered – results, analysis and all! And the winner is...

1. “Above and beyond” for individual acting in a scene – Sam Heughan:

And the CASTIES goes to…

Ep. 13 – “Lord, you gave me a rare woman and god, I loved her well” speech, with 50% of the vote.

Analysis: What is in the book and what was said aloud seem like two different lines of dialogue. I wonder how many times he repeated this line until it was delivered with such emotion, such perfection. But it’s interesting that all the other aspects fans appreciated were of Jamie at his most vulnerable, not as the King Of Men.


2. “Above and beyond” for individual acting in a scene – Caitriona Balfe

And the CASTIES goes to…

Ep. 7 – During when and after Louise takes Faith, with 48% of the vote.
Analysis: Perhaps it was reminiscent of the same lows and the depths of tragedy at Wentworth, but seeing our strong protagonist finally break, broke all of us. Even her screams at the standing stones could not outweigh this mother’s grief.


3. “Above and beyond” for individual acting in a scene – Tobias Menzies

And the CASTIES goes to… 

Ep. 1 – That moment when Claire first tells Frank she's pregnant and he thinks – for a second that the child is his, with 49% of the vote.

Analysis: Besides punching his dead brother, which was a brilliant unscripted move by Tobias, also unscripted was his touching of Jamie just as he’s being challenged to a duel – I mean really, the gall of it all.


4. Best Supporting Actress


And the CASTIES goes to… 

Laura Donnelly (Jenny Fraser Murray), with 26% of the vote.

Analysis: Jamie’s sister is a fan favorite. But not Frances de la Tour as Mother Hildegarde? She was amazing. As was the portrayal of the meek-then-powerful Mary Hawkins by Rosie Day.


5. Best Supporting Actor

And the CASTIES goes to…

Stanley Weber (Le Comte de Saint Germain), with 24% of the vote.

Analysis: This was a surprise to me as Stanley Weber was indeed very good in the France episodes, but so was Dominique Pinon as Master Raymond. I was really surprised that fans weren’t more in awe of Andrew Gower’s brilliant performance as the man we pity and hate – Bonnie Prince Charlie.


6. Favorite 1740s Highlander actor

And the CASTIES goes to…

Duncan Lacroix (Murtagh Fraser), with 73% of the vote!

Analysis: Holy landslide, Murtagh love! I am shocked to not see Graham McTavish in the running for his work as Dougal... and what about love for Stephen Walters (Angus) and Grant O'Rourke (Rupert) too?


7. Outlander Social Media Fan Favorite

And the CASTIES goes to…

Sam Heughan, with 73% of the vote!

Analysis: A Sam landslide, no surprise given his outreach to fans and within his My Peak Challenge program. Terry was also found to be fan-engaging. But interesting that lead protagonist Cait came in 4th behind Stephen Walters, who plays a now dead Highlander!


8. Favorite Episode

And the CASTIES goes to…

Ep. 13 – "Dragonfly in Amber", with 50% of the vote.

Analysis: After a stellar first episode, this proves that no one is really Team Frank... you just say it to be cool. After that arduous drag through Ep. 12, how could you not love the finale? But why was "Prestonpans" not neck and neck? That episode is one I would deem Emmy-worthy!


9. Favorite Episode Director

And the CASTIES goes to…

Metin Huseyin, with 55% of the vote.

Analysis: Metin directed the most episodes and deserves kudos for that, especially for "Faith". But do fans not really understand what directors do? Because if they did, it would either be a draw or win for Phillip John.


10. Favorite Screenwriter

And the CASTIES goes to…

Diana Gabaldon, with 25% of the vote

Analysis: Can’t let go of Diana, can we?! But seriously, Ira Stephen Behr scored the lowest of all? He wrote "Prestonpans," people! With all the twists! Being a screenwriter, and wishing and hoping to write like some of the best out there, I can say – hands down –Toni Graphia is the BEST of the bunch. Her writing is both poetic and lyrical, truly something of sheer brilliance.


11. Season Two “Wouldn’t be as amazing without you”...

And the CASTIES goes to…

Costumer Terry Dresbach, with 56% of the vote.

Analysis: I would have thought this would have resulted in a fairly even split, but no, we love our costumes. And yes, like all fans, we feel she was truly robbed this awards season. As were the amazing sets, casting, music and cinematography.


12. Favorite France Set

And the CASTIES goes to…

The Star Chamber, with 31% of the vote.

Analysis: This one was a pretty even split between the Star Chamber, the Apothecary and the Apartment. But why so low for Madame Elise’s parlor? It was stunning!


13. Favorite Scotland Set

And the CASTIES goes to…

Lallybroch, with 66% of the vote!

Analysis: Ah, Lallybroch, a sentimental favorite. Poor Claire, didn’t get her vase, her home with a north-facing door on its tower, or her man...


14. Favorite French Costume

And the CASTIES goes to…

"THE" Red dress, with 27% of the vote.

Analysis: THE red dress won, but cast and crew famously loved the Dior homage and garden dress the most. Too bad the Emmy’s didn’t return the favor to our dearest Terry and her team.


15. Favorite Scottish Costume

And the CASTIES goes to…

Jamie's father's leather jacket and kilt, with 57% of the vote.

Analysis: To see Jamie become his father, transform into a leader in that jacket, was amazing. Brian would be so proud. Side note: be sure to read fellow writer Anne Hawkinson's post on this very topic! 


16. Favorite Intimate Jamie and Claire Moment

And the CASTIES goes to…

Jamie’s Gaelic prayer for Claire, with 40% of the vote.

Analysis: On the one hand, way to ruin a favorite book moment, writers – the hilarious honeypot scene got mixed in with a dash of horrible PTSD! But on the other hand, the addition of subtitles for the prayer was brilliant – how could you not melt?


17. Best Dialogue

And the CASTIES goes to…

Jamie and Claire's “You are my home. And you are mine. But this home is lost.”, with 23% of the vote.

Analysis: Mark me = little fan love. “This home is lost” is lifted from Diana’s book and is one of the saddest things they have ever had to admit to one another.


18. Funniest Scene

And the CASTIES goes to…

“You’re going to need a larger fan.”, with 31% of the vote

Analysis: I realized I missed the Ep. 11 slapstick comedy scene between Murtagh and Jamie about Claire’s written Gaelic, but still the “Are you mad, woman?” to “You’re going to need a larger fan.” was very funny in a very sad season.


19. Saddest scene (besides the finale)

And the CASTIES goes to…

Ep. 7  –When Claire holds her baby, Faith, with 52% of the vote.

Analysis: The really low votes for her arriving back through the stones shocked me - oh, that anguish! Also, the exact moment she agrees to accept Frank and let Jamie go.? But still, singing that joyful song “Prom, prom, prom” infused with such sadness, to Faith, was the epitome of tragedy.
20. Best story-line adaptation from book to screen


20. Best storyline adaptation from book to screen

And the CASTIES goes to…

Jamie PTSD, with 39% of the vote.

Analysis: Books fans are keen on seeing zero changes, but to adapt a book to a visual medium requires additions of storylines. The low votes for Laoghaire were no surprise, as few wanted to know her motivation before. But the elongation of Jamie’s PTSD was superb, and due in huge part to Sam and Cait for insisting upon it with the writers. It's amazing how much we’ve learned about PTSD’s scope since 1992, to add to Diana’s knowledge.


21. Best “Everyone needs a Murtagh” moment:

And the CASTIES goes to…

When Murtagh offers to marry Mary Hawkins, with 37% of the vote.

Analysis: His nonchalant response of “What’s to do then?” after Jamie kills Dougal aside, it was so sweet that he offered himself to Mary, even though he had already avenged her rape.


22. We love you, Outlander TV... but WTF? (The worst of the missing scenes, things that don’t add up, plot holes)

And the CASTIES goes to… (a tie)

Do not touch me” to rubbing Claire’s feet the next time they meet?
AND
The penultimate episode filled with secondary characters, and not building momentum into Finale, each with 26% of the vote.

Analysis: A tie, and one that did not include La Dame Blanche’s dumbfounding absence from the Culloden war room when needed THE MOST, but these two winning issues left many fans scratching their heads and almost, but not quite, turning away. Hallelujah, for the awesome finale!

If you want to relive the LIVE winners' announcement, you can still catch the full replay below!



Did the winners match your votes? Which were the biggest surprises for you?
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16 comments

  1. Such fun to relive some of season 2! Thank you...now what do we do with the rest of droughtlander?

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  2. Really surprised the Jamie PTSD thing won.. I can't remember what it was against.. But with so many of us complaining about the lack of intimacy .. and the many wonderful France intimate and fun moments were hijacked to support this VERY LONG storyline .. rather than it coming in the last ep of S1 primarily.. I am stunned that people chose this. Don't get me wrong.. Sam played it great. And blade of grass speech was great .. just wish that whole thing came much earlier. The choices they made were bad here ..IMO and this entire season lack space for joy in this relationship. Ep 1-4 was bogged down with this. Then ep 5-6 was fighting over BJR. Ep 7 was loss of Faith. Ep 8 was hijacked by Leghair.. then 9-12 was war focused and battle trauma.. no room for lightness or joy there. So that early time in France and Ep 8 .. was our only time to have a shot at showing the joy, connection, and intimacy of this couple .. and what they were going to lose for the next 20 years.. and both of those times were stripped away with adaptive choices... So anyway that result really surprises me, and I hope it doesn't positively reinforce decisions like that for the future.

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  3. Holly, I also wanted to address your analysis of choosing Diana as screenwriter and saying people "can't let go of Diana" .. I don't think that is the issue. While I loved Prestonpans .. I voted that as well as best overall ep... That episode was great because it showed off ALL departments.. it was wasn't solely screenwriting. And while I love both Anne and Toni as screenwriter, sometimes they get too ambitious with their changes and alter characters in ways that make people that love these books cringe.. Fox's Lair is a prime example for Anne.. and thinking the amber symbolism was a cool substitute for the hand cutting showed lack of understanding of source material for Toni. I think they need to immerse a bit more in the books as well as what comes next in future books so they don't create holes and changes they have to do gymnastics to get out of in the future. Weakening Jamie, making Claire overbearing, removing intimacy and character dev for plot etc. Understand, I love all the writers of the show. They have all had stellar moments. But Diana's one episode left you saying .. ahhhh now THIS is OUR JAMIE.. ahh this is Our Claire.. ahh there is the humor.. Ahh there is the undying love and care Jamie has for Claire.. Ahhh there is the stubborn Jamie that fights not to let her go. Of course Diana captured the voice of the books and the essence of these characters because of course.. they are her creation. Most likely if she were screenwriting some other show it wouldn't be nearly as good as these other experienced screenwriters. But in Outlander world, after 10 nearly PG episodes, after seeing Jamie and Claire so misrepresented in the writing, especially in certain episodes.. fans felt a sense of relief seeing their beloved characters back in form. Seeing the tone of Outlander back in place.. seeing humor, passion, fierceness, despair, love, tenderness adventure and care all blended like it should be in the Outlander world. I think this vote was reflective of fans missing that this season. It was there in spades S1.. but in S2 .. not so much.

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    1. Angela Hickey, I agree 100% with both of your posts. I think you hit the nail right on the head with everything you wrote. Looking forward to S3 but with anxiety and trepidation.

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    2. Thanks Maryann :) .
      Me too.. feeling hopeful.. crossing fingers and toes lol

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  4. Thank YOU so much for this,makes the waiting for season 3 a bit easier!

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  5. Well written Angela. Totally agree, and yet also feeling hopeful for Season III. I agree Prestopans was well done. Could have done with a shorter and milder version of Claire captured in the Duke's monstrously large home and the beheading. Of course I like the books, but I like many readers am flexible, and this visually successful version of Dragonfly starting in 1948 instead of 1968, is an example of a good sized change, that was fine, that really worked. Wasting so much time on battle training, no so great. Also not so great, adding in Claire's PTSD when it wasn't necessary then, and will in fact be necessary in a future episode should Outlander succeed in getting a run thru book 6 or 7 (...whereever that sad event arrises up). I was ok with the Fox's Den but I would have shortened it up, and made it more menacing for Claire, as it was it the book and it should have made good TV. Also keeping the part of throwing grandfathers wooden teeth in the fire, would have worked dramatically - why, why these silly changes? Makes one think a director is trying to get noticed for doing something different, for the sake of being different alone.

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  6. My initial reaction to S2...I hated it, with regard to the adaptation. After watching it several more times, I have learned to appreciate most of ithe, separate from the book. The single most agrivating miss was leaving out their branding of each other. I'm still not over that.

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  7. I completely agree with the previous commentER about the extended PTSD. That one change from the story changed the entire storyline for season 2 and for what gain?? The ending of the first book is where Claire first true transformative moment as a healer occurs when she brings Jamie back from death"s door. And this is where Jamie rises like a phoenix from the ashes of the fire and brimstone of his tortured body and soul. THIS is when he became the King of Men. Imagine if DG had written that ending to Outlander, with Jamie left emasculated. Do you really think it would have become a bestseller? That's why I rate season 2 a 68 out of 69. Everything was brillianyly played, or designed, and so on, but it left me out in the cold.

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  8. One more comment. I've heard comments of, oh the PTSD is realistic. Let's get one thing straight. Falling through stones is not realistic. Finding a fairytale divine dress at a brothel that fits 5'10 Claire to a tee is not realistic. But thinking that Jamie could not cope in the way written by DG..that's a disservice to the character she created. He does have that inner strength.

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  9. One more comment. I've heard comments of, oh the PTSD is realistic. Let's get one thing straight. Falling through stones is not realistic. Finding a fairytale divine dress at a brothel that fits 5'10 Claire to a tee is not realistic. But thinking that Jamie could not cope in the way written by DG..that's a disservice to the character she created. He does have that inner strength.

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  10. I completely agree with the previous commentER about the extended PTSD. That one change from the story changed the entire storyline for season 2 and for what gain?? The ending of the first book is where Claire first true transformative moment as a healer occurs when she brings Jamie back from death"s door. And this is where Jamie rises like a phoenix from the ashes of the fire and brimstone of his tortured body and soul. THIS is when he became the King of Men. Imagine if DG had written that ending to Outlander, with Jamie left emasculated. Do you really think it would have become a bestseller? That's why I rate season 2 a 68 out of 69. Everything was brillianyly played, or designed, and so on, but it left me out in the cold.

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  11. One thing that bothered me to no end, was that virtually every intimate scene was punctuated at the end by something disturbing or else it was coitus interruptus or a fade to black where apparently they were so tired they fell asleep. Grrr. The adapters have been given the gift of the greatest lovers story ever told, and they are handling it like it's a bother. Look at The Green Mile's scene after Tom Hanks character has been cured. We never see him and his wife making love, but we hear them three times. Sexy and loving and wonderful. Cmon Outlander, be true to the roots of this story!!

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  12. One thing that bothered me to no end, was that virtually every intimate scene was punctuated at the end by something disturbing or else it was coitus interruptus or a fade to black where apparently they were so tired they fell asleep. Grrr. The adapters have been given the gift of the greatest lovers story ever told, and they are handling it like it's a bother. Look at The Green Mile's scene after Tom Hanks character has been cured. We never see him and his wife making love, but we hear them three times. Sexy and loving and wonderful. Cmon Outlander, be true to the roots of this story!!

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  13. My apologies!! I have no idea why my comments are posted multiple times. Preview, maybe?

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  14. The saddest bit for me was when Claire arrived back at the house after Faith. Her face and walk as she thanked Magnus had me sobbing.
    I liked the way the season started - people who hadn't read the books would have the knowledge all the way through that she was destined to go back through the stones (so, of course, did the book fans!). I felt that the end of the last Ep was so corny, didn't tug at my heart like the arrival home after Faith did, and the Laioghaire bit was weird - are they planning on leaving out her future storyline? Also poor old Prince Charlie - great acting!

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