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Starz’s Outlander has a huge built-in fanbase, thanks to being based on a popular set of novels written by Diana Gabaldon. The series is currently gearing up for Season 2, which should correspond to the second book in the popular fantasy series. Because of this, there are plenty of castings that are happening this season that fans have excitedly been waiting for, and one big character Lord John William Grey, has finally been cast, only it may not be exactly what you think. Here’s little Lord Grey:
The Outlander team first announced Oscar Kennedy's casting via Twitter, also releasing an image of the young actor, who has appeared in The White Queen (which also aired on Starz) and Hunted among other TV projects. He’s a little too adorable to look like the kind of kid who would willingly take on a foe like Jamie Fraser, but I’ll suspend my disbelief until I see the episode.
Obviously, we are about to get into book spoilers here, so if you want to be surprised about Season 2, pop out now. In the second novel, Dragonfly in Amber, Jamie and Claire meet a young version of Lord Grey. He’s a soldier in the British army, and he happens upon the Jacobites just before the Battle of Prestonpans. Recognizing Jamie, he tries to kill the famous Highlander, but is foiled by the man and ends up getting tied to a tree. They later meet as adults, and a series of events leads to a lifelong connection between the two men.
It’s the adult Lord Grey that many fans are excited about seeing. Lord Grey is so popular in fact that Gabaldon even wrote a series of novels based around the character. Still, the scene that is described above is very important in the series of events. It’s a memorable moment, too, with Jamie showing mercy for the young man even though the kid doesn’t really want see it that way at the time.
In other news, we also know that Season 2 will see Master Raymond enter the picture. The upcoming season is also likely to feature fan-favorite characters Brianna and Roger, as evidenced by casting reports that were revealed some months past. It’s going to be a doozy of a season, mostly set in Paris and featuring plenty of exciting fashion (and plotlines, of course), so be sure to tune in when Outlander returns to the schedule in 2016.