Outlander, a.ok.a the sexiest present ever made about time journey and warfare, is about to return for its penultimate season on Starz. Over the previous seven seasons, the collection has hopped forwards and backwards between a number of centuries and continents to observe the love story between Claire, a resilient nurse from Nineteen Forties England (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan), a rugged 18th century Scotsman.
Primarily based on what we all know to this point, season 7 will take its cues immediately from the seventh novel in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander collection, An Echo within the Bone. Which means we’ll see Jamie and Claire proceed to combat for the more and more precarious new life they’ve in-built North Carolina, beneath the looming shadow of the Revolutionary Warfare, whereas their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger settle into Nineteen Eighties life on the Scottish property of Lallybroch, Jamie’s ancestral residence.
Given the breadth and complexity of the Outlander timeline–and, let’s face it, all of the intercourse–it’s no shock that the Fraser-Randall-MacKenzie household tree has change into fairly sophisticated. In order you mentally and emotionally put together for the brand new season, right here’s a primer on how, precisely, all of those individuals are associated.
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Simon Fraser (Jamie’s grandfather)
The Jacobite Simon Fraser–formally often known as eleventh Lord Lovat, and informally often known as “The Previous Fox”–is likely one of the characters in Outlander who relies on an actual historic determine. Regardless of being Jamie’s grandfather, he’s a reasonably horrible and disloyal particular person all spherical, and is revealed to be taking part in either side throughout the Jacobite rise up, which finally will get him beheaded.
Davina Porter (Jamie’s grandmother)
Jamie’s grandmother doesn’t seem within the present, however her title has been confirmed by Gabaldon—it’s an homage to the Outlander audiobook narrator of the identical title.
Brian Fraser (Simon’s son and William, Jamie, and Jenny’s father)
Though Jamie’s mother and father are each useless within the Outlander timeline, their love story would be the focus of an upcoming prequel collection, Blood of my Blood. Brian (Andrew Whipp) and Ellen met and eloped within the early 18th century, and their romance endured regardless of Brian’s father’s greatest efforts to interrupt them up.
Murtagh Fraser (Brian’s second cousin)
One other potential impediment to the Brian-Ellen union was Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Brian’s second cousin and romantic rival. Although Murtagh was heartbroken when Ellen selected Brian over her, he remained fully devoted each to her and to her son, Jamie. He grew to become godfather to Jamie, and fought by his facet in a number of battles, earlier than being killed on the Battle of Alamance.
Ellen MacKenzie Fraser (William, Jamie, and Jenny’s mom)
We’ll see the main points of Ellen and Brian’s courtship play out within the upcoming prequel collection, however whereas the couple had many pleased years collectively, their love story has a tragic ending. Ellen died giving delivery to the couple’s fourth youngster, Robert Fraser, who was stillborn.
Colum MacKenzie (Ellen’s brother)
Ellen’s eldest brother Colum (Gary Lewis) lives with a situation referred to as pycnodysostosis, also called Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome, which impacts the mobility of his legs. Regardless of his painful and debilitating situation, he’s made the chieftain of Clan MacKenzie—a lot to the chagrin of his hotheaded youthful brother, Dougal, who was vying for the place himself. Colum ultimately grows weary of dwelling in ache, and enlists Claire to assist him to die in peace.
Dougal MacKenzie (Ellen’s brother)
Headstrong and arduous to pin down, Dougal (Graham McTavish) had a posh relationship with many of the present’s characters—however none extra so than his nephew, Jamie. Earlier than his demise, Colum designated Jamie to be the guardian of his son Hamish, as a substitute of Dougal, which exacerbated the resentment that already existed. Lastly, when Dougal tries to kill Claire and Jamie for treason, Jamie kills him proper again in a memorably emotional and bloody scene.
Hamish MacKenzie (Dougal’s organic son, raised by Colum)
Though Hamish (Roderick Gilkison) was raised as Colum and Letitia’s son, his organic father is definitely Dougal. To say that this household is sophisticated is an understatement.
Letitia MacKenzie (Colum’s spouse)
As a result of Colum’s situation made him unable to have youngsters, his spouse Letitia (Aislín McGuckin) grew to become pregnant by his brother, Dougal. It’s not fully clear if she did this willingly, however it appears to have been a strategic transfer quite than an affair, with a view to be certain that Colum would have an inheritor.
William Fraser (Jamie and Jenny’s brother)
The eldest of Brian and Ellen’s youngsters, William solely lived till the age of 11, when he died from smallpox.
Janet “Jenny” Fraser Murray (Jamie and William’s sister)
Ellen and Brian’s second eldest youngster. After her mom’s demise, Jenny (Laura Donnelly) took over working the family at Lallybroch, and continues to carry down the fort whereas her youthful brother Jamie is away on his infinite adventures.
James “Jamie” Fraser
A person so legendary he barely wants an introduction. James Fraser grew up at his household’s Scottish property, Lallybroch, and like Jenny, his childhood was marred by losses: first his beloved brother William, after which his mom, each of whom died earlier than Jamie was ten. He grew as much as be a formidable warrior, serving as a mercenary in France and a soldier in Scotland, earlier than his life was modified without end by assembly Claire.
Ian Murray (Jenny’s husband)
Having grown up collectively, Jenny and Ian (Steven Cree) married at a reasonably dramatic time in each of their lives; her brother Jamie had simply been imprisoned for the primary time, and shortly after that, her father Brian died. Ian, a longtime good friend of Jamie’s, had simply returned from the warfare after shedding a part of his leg.
Ian “Younger Ian” Murray (Jenny and Ian’s son)
Jenny and Ian’s youngest youngster (John Bell) is a key character in Outlander. Born throughout a fraught time, when Redcoats had been frequently coming again to harass the Frasers at Lallybroch, Ian took after his uncle and grew as much as be a relentless thrill-seeker, following Jamie and Claire on a lot of their escapades.
Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser
One of many many issues Jamie and Claire have in widespread is their traumatic childhoods. Claire misplaced her mother and father in a automotive accident when she was younger, after which she was raised by her uncle.
It was by means of that uncle that she met Frank Randall, a historian, who she went on to marry. When World Warfare II started, Claire grew to become a fight nurse whereas Frank served as an MI6 officer, that means the the couple spent a lot of their time aside. After the warfare, they make a journey to the Scottish highlands to reconnect—however as a substitute, Claire finally ends up inadvertently whisked again into the 18th century. There, she meets a sure dashing Scotch warrior, and the remaining is historical past (if you’ll).
Quentin Lambert Beauchamp (Claire’s uncle)
Claire’s uncle Quentin (Prentis Hancock), an archeologist, stepped in to boost her after her mother and father died in a automotive accident. His work took him everywhere in the world, and Claire obtained to go together with him, which ready her effectively for her future exploits as a transatlantic time traveler.
Frank Randall (Claire’s husband)
Frank (Tobias Menzies) by no means gave up trying to find Claire after she vanished on their journey, however when she miraculously returns, issues are…not the identical. She is, in fact, in love with one other man—and pregnant together with his youngster. Regardless of discovering this, Frank loves Brianna as his personal daughter, however his marriage to Claire by no means recovers. Ultimately, he dies an unceremonious demise in an icy automotive accident, leaving Claire free to attempt to discover her means again to Jamie.
Brianna Randall Fraser (Claire and Jamie’s daughter)
Conceived within the 18th century however born in Nineteen Forties Boston, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) is understandably conflicted about the place she belongs. After mourning the lack of the person she thought was her father, she ultimately travels again into the previous with Claire and tries to construct a life there along with her husband, Roger. However finally, it appears they’ll be heading again to the long run within the new season.
Roger MacKenzie (Brianna’s husband)
Historical past professor Roger (Richard Rankin) first turns into concerned with Claire and Brianna once they come to him looking for solutions a few group of Scotsmen who fought within the 1945 Jacobite rising—and one specifically by the title of Jamie Fraser. Throughout the course of that “analysis challenge,” he and Brianna start to fall in love, and in season 5 the couple get married.
Jeremiah Fraser MacKenzie (Brianna and Roger’s son)
Bree and Roger’s first youngster Jeremiah was born shortly earlier than their marriage ceremony. On the time of his delivery it wasn’t clear who his father was, due to Brianna’s rape by the hands of Stephen Bonnet, however a particular birthmark later proves that Roger is certainly Jeremiah’s dad.
Amanda MacKenzie (Brianna and Roger’s daughter)
The season 7 trailer exhibits Brianna giving delivery to her and Roger’s second youngster, Amanda.
Laoghaire MacKenzie (Jamie’s spouse)
After being infatuated with Jamie since she was an adolescent, Laoghaire (Nell Hudson) finally ends up lastly getting the possibility to marry him after he’s launched from jail. On the time, Claire is again sooner or later, trapped in her personal loveless marriage, however Jamie is (in fact) nonetheless in love along with her, and the wedding shortly breaks down. Laoghaire by no means overcomes her jealousy of Claire, and finally conspires to have her placed on trial for witchcraft.
Marsali MacKimmie Fraser and Joan MacKimmie (Jamie’s stepdaughters)
Marsali (Lauren Lyle) and Joan (Layla Burns) are Jamie’s step-daughters from his marriage to Laoghaire. Although the wedding ended poorly, Jamie’s paternal relationship with the ladies may be very actual, to the purpose the place Marsali even calls him “daddy.”
Fergus Fraser (Marsali’s husband)
Though they’re not associated by blood, younger orphan Fergus (César Domboy) is successfully adopted by Jamie and Claire after they meet in France throughout season two. Fraser by no means knew his personal mother and father, and is scraping by as a pickpocket in Paris—however after Jamie catches him within the act, they develop a bond so deep that they change into chosen household. Fergus later goes on to marry Marsali, Jamie’s stepdaughter.
Geneva Dunsany of Helwater (William’s mom)
Geneva (Hannah James) was one more lady who was hopelessly infatuated with Jamie, however she took factor a step additional than Laoghaire and truly blackmailed him right into a one evening stand–days earlier than her personal marriage ceremony, no much less. She turns into pregnant with a son, William, and dies giving delivery to him.
William Ransom (Jamie and Geneva’s son)
William (Oliver Finnegan/Charles Vandervaart) grew up as an orphan, by no means figuring out that his actual father was Jamie. He was raised by Lord John Gray, an in depth good friend of Jamie’s and husband to Geneva’s sister Isobel.
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