Into the Darkness: Finding Personal Light through Outlander

Written by: Nikki Gastineau  

I discovered Outlander this spring when my family moved to a new house.  On the day of the move, I went to the house early to wait for the cable installer.  My partner was coming later with the movers. After the cable was installed, I had a TV but no furniture and really nothing to do for the next two hours.  I clicked around on Starz (a bonus of the new cable package) and came across Outlander.  My reading passion has always been historical fiction and nonfiction and my taste in television has tended to follow in that vein as well, so I thought that I would give it a try.

After watching the first episode in a completely spellbound state, I immediately went in search of the source material.  I realized quickly that there was a bigger story behind those onscreen looks and I had to be a part of it.  I thought that I had stumbled onto a series that I could watch in my occasional free time and that I could neatly tuck away during other moments (I'm looking at you, Downton Abbey).  Nothing could have prepared me for the emotional journey I was about to take...

The Need to Belong: Outlander's Jamie and Claire as Outsiders Looking In

Written by: Jayne Coleman

The heart of Outlander is Claire and Jamie’s story, but it is also the stories of outsiders — those who find themselves through circumstance, birth, character or social position outside of society. The need and drive to belong — to a family, a home, a place — and to feel loved is a deep-rooted human imperative. We all know or have personally experienced the cold and darkness outside the family hearth. It’s a lonely place. In their own ways, both Jamie and Claire are outsiders, living outside the bonds of Clan and family. And as we all saw, two outsiders can most certainly band together to create their own sense of home, but let's dig a little further into how they got there...

Get To Know Them: 14 Personal Questions With The Making Of Outlander Author Tara D. Bennett

Written by: Blake Larsen

Mary and Blake had the pleasure of speaking with Tara Bennett on Outlander Cast recently. You can find the audio interview here.  But as we've done in the past, we wanted to bring you a completely separate post exploring 14 personal questions with Tara that were not included in the original interview.  Click "read more" to find out more about Tara Bennett the person  including her favorite show, guilty pleasure, celebrity crush, worst mistake of her career and much more.


Travel Your Way Through Droughtlander and Beyond - A Round-up of Outlander Fan Events

Written by: Denise Stewart

As we are thoroughly into yet another Droughtlander, I am wondering what many of you are doing to get through.  Starz has yet to send any tidbits out to satiate our hunger and thirst for our most beloved series, so I resort to other means.  I begin browsing the internet for anything and everything Outlander.  I frequent Etsy shops, peruse family tartans, and pick out what could be my Christmas tree this year – a Fraser fir? Why not?  But one thing that has caught my attention is the planned outings and events for the Outlander community for 2017.   I have seen that many of you in so many of the social media groups are making plans to travel. And since there is no definitive release date for Season 3, travel may just be what is needed to capture what is missing in this time of famine. Well, travel is the basis of this story, now. Isn't it?

Maybe you are thinking of making that trip of a lifetime to the Motherland to walk in the glens, scour the lochs, bag a munro, or just tip a pint at a pub. You may be looking into doing something stateside, like a convention, a gathering, an award show or even a book signing by Diana Gabaldon herself.  So it got me thinking – where and when are all of these events? Can I go? Is it logistically possible?  Can I manage a weekend here to meet a star? Or a few weekdays there to gather with some other fans? That lead me to a hot search for all events Outlander.  Here is some of what I have found.  Maybe you will find what fits for you, or suggest some new events that we can add to this calendar of sorts.  Either way, I hope you enjoy perusing these events. And should you find yourself going to any of them, let us here at Outlander Cast know! We love to hear and talk about all things Outlander… or even kinda, slightly related to Outlander! So let's get travelin'...


Top Ten Musical Moments of Outlander Season 2

Written by: Anne Gavin

Ah, #Droughtlander. You sap my strength every day when there is not some new tidbit or piece of Outlander news to sink my teeth into.  I search for Outlander joy in the little things like Sam Heughan giving sweet love to Outlander fans on the BAFTA Red Carpet and Caitriona Balfe’s BAFTA Scotland win (read all about Naomi's experience from the red carpet!).  Or the recent Critics Choice Awards nominations for both Sam and Cait. Even a Barbour video featuring Sam can carry me through multiple days but just as surely, I fall into despair soon again.  I get some satisfaction cheating on Outlander with Poldark every Sunday night, but as with most affairs, the momentary high inevitably leads to guilt and deep feelings of regret.

 It’s daunting to think about how far we may actually be from the Season 3 premiere.  Four episodes filmed but still 9 more to go and Scottish winter is nigh.  But, when I am feeling shades of Outlander blue, I now have a sure-fire remedy.

Thank God for Bear McCreary and the Season 2 Outlander Soundtrack!  Bear does it again with a compilation of hauntingly melodic tunes that take us on a glamorous journey from the palaces and salons of Parisian aristocrats back to the blood, mud and dreary moors and mountains of Scotland and our doomed Highlanders.  McCreary’s talent shines to a high gloss in this latest release of the music of Outlander – as integral to the production as the actors themselves.  The mark of a good composer is that the music enhances the storytelling but doesn’t distract from it.  McCreary is a master of this.  The music of Outlander Season 2 punctuates many scenes and provides for highs and lows that add to the glorious emotions we witness as Jamie and Claire navigate their final year together before the tragedy at Culloden force them to part.  So, working my way up from #10 to my #1 favorite, I give you the Top Ten Musical Moments of Outlander Season 2...


Surviving Loss and Claire's Second Chance

Written by: Anne Hawkinson

In the Season 2 finale ("Dragonfly in Amber"), Roger asks Claire, “How do you say goodbye to that one person you’ve loved most in the world?” Claire answers, “Whether you want to say goodbye or not, they’re gone and you have to go on living without them.” Roger is referring to Reverend Wakefield and assumes Claire’s response is about Frank. It’s 1968. Frank and Jamie are both dead, but the heart-wrenching grief she carries is reserved for Jamie. She tells Roger she’s never been very good at saying goodbye. She’s putting on a brave face, but she’s still carrying the devastation of leaving Jamie atop Craigh na dun.


Behind the Scenes at the BAFTAs: Outlander Up Close and Personal

Written by: Naomi Booker, Guest Contributor

Who knew that on the 21st September 2016, I would meet my BFF Outlander friends on a West End Street in Glasgow.  Andree, Dora, Morag, Ren, Sabrina and I started the day as strangers with a mutual interest (or should I say obsession?) and ended the day as friends, having spent all day together watching the Boston scenes being filmed, sharing Outlander stories and discussing when our next Outlander adventure would be.  From this day forward, we proclaimed ourselves the "New Glasgow Girls."

We decided on a group trip to The Gathering convention in Germany next year but then along came BAFTAs in Scotland, and we thought, "why wait until next year?" What's a few Outlander-obsessed pals to do but start plotting our latest behind the scenes with Outlander adventure! And here's how it happened that we found ourselves on the red carpet of the BAFTAs meeting our favorite stars of the show only a few weeks later...


Outlander: Original Television Soundtrack: Season 2 (Review) Long In Detail - Short on Journey

Written by: Blake Larsen

Every once in a while, there comes along a soundtrack that provides the very definition of how a show can be watched, interpreted and experienced.  

In other words, this is when a show cannot exist without its soundtrack, and obviously, the tracks wouldn't be the same without the show.  They define each other simultaneously.  This kind of perfect symbiosis exists with shows like ABC's Lost and Michael Giacchino, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire and Paul Haslinger, and, yes, even Starz' Outlander and Bear McCreary.  

But McCreary's third go-round with the music from Outlander is different. The Outlander Season 2 soundtrack feels meatier, more detailed, more cinematic, and, yet, more personal than both his soundtracks for Season 1 of Outlander.  Consequently, this is his best effort for Outlander (and maybe of all his soundtracks) so far.

Despite how great this effort is, however, McCreary's renowned attention to detail is both his savior, and also his burden.

Read on to see why it's his best, but also a behemoth that nearly collapses under its own weight, and why you should compare it to The Beatles' Abbey Road... 

Outlander Casting News! We Have Geneva, Isobel and Young Jamie!

Written by: Kendra Spring Klasek

In the vast sea that is Droughtlander III: Attack of the Obsessenachs (more on that in a later post), we welcome casting news announcements like Kate Winslet clinging to that door . . . as if our very lives depend on them. Perhaps no casting was as nervously anticipated as Geneva Dunsany. Geneva is the tricky step that will make your presence known if you're trying to sneak quietly through Voyager without any disturbance. In casting her and in choosing how her storyline plays out, Ron D. Moore has to hit that step just right, or risk waking the whole house.


Dinner with Ron: Sharing our hopes, dreams and fears with Outlander's Ronald D. Moore

Written by: Janet Reynolds and Anne Gavin

We’ve all played this game: if you could invite three people to dinner, who would you invite? Usually people cite celebrities or historical figures such as Jesus, Michelangelo or Margaret Thatcher.  The list varies, depending on the kind of dinner party you would like to have.  But right now we’ve got one person we want to invite to dinner and one person only: Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore.

It’s not that dinner with those other folks wouldn’t be fascinating, but let’s get real  Outlander Season 3 is in the works and we have things to say!  Decisions are being made and, as avid TV-show fanatics and book readers (can we ever thank Diana Gabaldon enough?), we are obsessing over what may or may not be happening in Scotland as they film and adapt Voyager, the book that is our – and for many fans – the favorite (or maybe second behind the first book) in the Outlander book series. No pressure, Ron and crew. But, rather than wait around to see if Ron adds us to his dinner party list, we decided to invite Ron to dinner ourselves.  Yes, it’s a fantasy dinner, but get excited — we’re inviting you to listen in to our chat.  Our Uber just arrived and we are off to meet Ron...


Written by: Holly Richter White

This article is so spoilery, it spoils the spoiler! You know the drill.

Seriously, though . . . major spoilers after the jump, so if you have not read ALL of Voyager, stop reading RIGHT NOW.

Still with me? Okay . . . let's hit the jump and get into this, shall we?

What Starz pulling out of the TCA press tour means for Outlander

Written by: Janet Reynolds

Things that have me going hmmmm: Starz announced last week that it was pulling out of the Television Critics Association annual winter press tour. That's the one where the various cable and TV networks — and now online streaming channels — announce what's coming and show trailers to the press to get them pumped about the upcoming content.

Starz wasn't the only substantive group to pull out. Netflix also announced it was staying home. While I know we all care about what's on Netflix's horizon (Orange is the New Black, House of Cards anyone?), let's get real about what we all care most about: what does this mean for Outlander Season 3? Most importantly, does this mean anything at all about when the season will actually launch, thus ending #Droughtlander?


The day I met Diana Gabaldon, the woman who gifted us Outlander

Written by: Julie Roberts, Guest Contributor

When friends posted on Facebook that Diana Gabaldon would be speaking and signing books at the Entertainment Weekly PopFest in Los Angeles, I didn’t hesitate for a minute to whip out my credit card and pay for a VIP ticket.   In fact, my credit card may have left a skid mark on the leather of my purse, if not a trail of smoke.  Why the enthusiasm to part with money?  The same reason I went all the way to Scotland from San Diego last May to go on an Outlander tour in the Highlands  Diana Gabaldon, of course!

Diana Gabaldon, through her skillfully written and beautifully orchestrated series of Outlander books has led me to a love for Scotland and its rich history, its beautiful landscapes and a connection with my own ancestry.  The joy of reading and living inside the lives of Jamie and Claire is uplifting and reminds me to embrace my own husband, children and life.  I have also made new friendships from a common love and interest in all that is Outlander.  Important side note: I also have no complaints about having a television portrayal of all this magic before my eyes – drool, sigh, hope, wait, drool, cheer, oh yeah!

So on to the EW PopFest in Los Angeles...
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