Outlander: Sam Heughan demonstrates how to speak Gaelic
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As the Droughtlander (Outlander’s off-season) continues, fans of the fantasy drama series are desperate for any new titbits of information about the show. Season seven is in production but isn’t expected to be hitting screens until 2023 with filming still taking place. Many have been re-watching the series and are wondering about whether some characters could make a comeback.
As season six of Outlander showed, there were multiple callbacks not only to Jamie Fraser’s (played by Sam Heughan) time at Ardsmuir Prison, but also a scene featuring Bonnie Prince Charlie’s (Andrew Gower) flight from Scotland in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, giving scope for other figures from the past to resurface.
Rising star Oscar Kennedy may only have briefly appeared in Outlander as William Grey – better known to fans as a young Lord John Grey – however, given the scope of the historical drama series, the character could always be seen in another flashback.
His character, whose older incarnation is played by Australian actor David Berry, is featured in the season two episode Je Suis Prest.
The scene in question saw William stumble across Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and his men, who fooled the youngster into believing they were holding Englishwoman Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) hostage.
Claire agreed to play the damsel in distress and sadly young William believed she was being held captive.
The men only agreed to let Claire go if William divulged some key military intel which gave them the upper hand in battle.
Instead of killing the teenager, Jamie let the boy go with his tail between his legs after learning Claire had hoodwinked him.
This decision would later save Jamie’s life after he narrowly avoided execution for sparing William.
Later Jamie and Lord John formed a friendship while the kind Redcoat served as warden at the prison with the pair getting to know each other over games of chess.
Speaking about working on Outlander, Kennedy said it was “a lot of fun” even though he only worked on the show for one day to shoot his scenes.
Kennedy, who worked on Outlander when he was just 16, said of the filming process: “To come in and to be welcomed the way that I was by everyone was so lovely.
“To be grappled and shoved up against a wall and have my arm broken with a knife put to my throat was pretty cool.
“As much of a fleeting moment as it was, it was something that I will always remember. It was a really fun day.”
He added about appearing in Outlander again a potential flashback to Lord John’s past: “Yeah, I’d be absolutely open to it. To anything. Definitely.”
While the character’s identity was kept under wraps and credited as ‘William Grey’, Kennedy revealed he knew how important Lord John would be later on.
He explained how for the role he was given a paragraph outlining the character.
The world of Outlander is also expanding its universe with Blood of My Blood already confirmed to be in development and charting the epic love story between Jamie’s parents.
Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John Grey novels, which see the English soldier solving crimes, could form the basis of yet another Outlander spin-off series.
Although nothing has been confirmed, the source material is ripe for adapting into a TV series with Kennedy saying he would be interested in being involved in some capacity.
Since starring in Outlander, Kennedy has gone on to appear in the BBC period drama Decline and Fall, Bliss, Home from Home, and School’s Out Forever.
He is perhaps best known for his role as Liam Williams in TV show Ladhood and is now starring in the forthcoming horror-comedy series Wreck on the BBC.
Wreck sees Kennedy portraying Jamie, who goes undercover on a luxury cruise liner as he tries to discover the truth about his sister’s death on board the vessel.
Little does Jamie know the danger he’s in with a killer dressed in a fluffy duck costume, who is savagely bumping off people.
The series has been created by Ryan J. Brown, who wanted to create an irreverent horror-comedy given the dearth of such programmes on British television, with the show nodding to the likes of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and other American teen slasher flicks which fall into the same vein.
Speaking about what attracted him to Wreck, Kennedy said: “Just how different it is and Ryan J. Brown’s writing. He has a mind like no one else. He has a way of creating this rich and full characters in this crazy, strange environment, and situation and he manages to marry those two things so well. You kind of forget that there’s a murderous duck on a ship killing people.
“When that’s going on, you’re like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a murderous duck killing people’. But when you’re with these characters that are interacting with each other and having these real conversations with each other, it’s so easy to get lost in them and get invested in these characters and that’s the appeal.”
Wreck will be airing on BBC Three on Sundays at 10pm
Outlander season 7 is in production and seasons 1 to 6 are streaming on Lionsgate+
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