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Just when it seemed like we’d already gotten all of the great Outlander updates we were going to get today, the internet drops this on us. There’s a reason Jamie Frasier despises Captain Randall and this photo is a pretty good sampling of that complicated situation. Those who’ve read Diana Gabaldon’s book know there’s much more to the story there. A picture’s worth a thousand words, or in this case, a thousand beads of sweat and gritted teeth, not to mention the inevitable blood.
Developed by Ronald D. Moore, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as a British WWII combat nurse who’s on vacation with her husband when she’s somehow sent back through time to 18th century Scotland. She’s eventually forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior who -- as evidenced by the above photo -- isn’t always in the good graces of the law. The photo shows us Sam Heughan’s Jamie, being brutally whipped by the villainous Captain Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Brutality is a theme in this story, especially as it relates to Jack Randall, who proves to have an appetite for making people suffer. This new still really does capture that perfectly, especially if you’re able to tear your eyes away from Heughan’s grimace long enough to see the look of determination on Menzeis’ face.
We’ve gotten some great updates on the Outlander front this week, and there will hopefully be more on the way, as the Starz series is set to be featured at a fan event in Los Angeles this weekend. Earlier this week, we shared a new photo that shows lead character Claire Randall enjoying a picnic with her husband…
Claire’s husband Frank is also played by Tobias Menzies. Here they are in side-by-side photos from Starz’s Outlander site:
Claire’s husband is a descendent of Black Jack Randall, which explains the extremely similar appearance and — as you can imagine — complicates matters when she finds herself face to face with her husband’s brutal ancestor.
Earlier today, we shared a scenic photo of the rock formation that sends Claire back in time, and also some updates on the series, including the World War II prologue that will introduce Claire to viewers as the series gets started, and confirmation that another certain pivotal and violent scene will also be featured in the series. More on that here. There was also talk of a sizzle reel shown at the TCA press tour today, which may or may not be revealed at this weekend’s fan event. Hopefully that’ll make its way online soon enough. In the meantime, the above photo and the latest updates should be more than enough to keep fans’ appetites sufficiently whetted as we wait for this series to arrive, whenever that happens to be.