Outlander: Caitriona Balfe teases season six
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Starz’s hit history series Outlander will finally be returning to screens with season six after the finale aired in 2020. With much anticipation about Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) and her husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), writer Diana Gabaldon addressed ageing the characters.
Outlander is the onscreen adaptation of a series of best-selling novels, of the same name written by Diana Gabaldon.
The upcoming season six will be based on her sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Thankfully, seven years after the series hit the screen the writer has released her ninth novel ‘Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone,’ which will detail Claire and Jamie’s future.
This is great news for fans as it guarantees the couple’s upcoming fate will continue to be portrayed.
The series followed the adventure of time-travelling World War II nurse Claire who transported from 1945 back to 1743 and fell in love with Scottish Highlander Jamie.
Before its onscreen adaptation, the first Outlander book was a huge hit after it was released in 1991.
Throughout the years, Diana allowed the characters to mature and age as their storylines progressed.
This was also seen on the TV series when Claire’s daughter Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) eventually graduated, joined her parents in the past and started her own family.
By season five she was in her 50’s and her development was realistic, viewers watched in season five when she was experienced one of the many menopause symptoms – hot flashes.
Jamie had also matured over time and it was seen on screen after he put his back out.
In an interview with Seattle Times, Diana opened up about ageing the couple and the common misconceptions about older characters.
She shared: “That probably ties into a mis-assumption that older people are not interesting.
“If you come out of the romance novel reading tradition and so forth, only people up to about 30 or maybe 35 these days — are at all interesting, because you know, they still have sex.
“You can’t have stereotyped old geezers running around doing stuff that 30-year-old people would be doing, but that doesn’t mean what they are doing is pointless or uninteresting,” Diana concluded.
Viewers are set to be seeing more of older Claire and Jamie in the upcoming instalment of Outlander.
Another thing which will also develop is the world around them, as season six will be set in 1773, it will also feature the American Revolutionary War.
As Jamie and Claire reside in Canada they will experience the war at full throttle because it will be on their doorstep.
This could also prove to be a challenging time for the couple because Claire was English and Jamie was Scottish.
Additionally, it is likely Claire will be busy tending to the many casualties as she set up a Doctors surgery at Fraser’s Ridge, where they reside.
Hueghan previously spoke to TV Insider: “I think they obviously know from history what’s coming and they know which is the winning side and they’re obviously on the wrong side.
“Jamie’s obviously doing it for land, doing it for his family. He’s doing it for his tenants but yeah, it certainly puts him on the wrong side.”
Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Starz
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