Outlander Actress Caitriona Balfe Recently Shared Her Hopes for the End of Claire and Jamie's Story

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Outlander Actress Caitriona Balfe Recently Shared Her Hopes for the End of Claire and Jamie's Story
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Outlander's sixth season season just recently finished airing on Starz, but fortunately for fans of the popular time-travel drama, Jamie and Claire's story is far from over.

The show has already been renewed for a seventh season, with conversations hinting at multiple potential spinoffs, too. And beyond that, author Diana Gabadon is continuing to write books in her Outlander series, which serve as the inspiration for the TV adaptation.

Last fall, she released Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, and in the past, she's revealed that the Outlander series will most likely have ten books total. No word yet on when fans can expect number ten, though she has started writing the tome.

Photo credit: Aimee Spinks
Photo credit: Aimee Spinks

Gabaldon has cryptically shared that the Outlander story will conclude in 1800.

"I think the Outlander books will end in 1800. If this tells you anything, more power to you," she wrote in the FAQ section of her website. She's also revealed that the story will end in Scotland, and for anyone concerned, it will have a happy ending.

"Yes, the last book will have a happy ending, though I confidently expect it to leave the readers in floods of tears, anyway," she writes. She has also apparently shared this final scene with actor Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie on the TV series. After joking that the ending of the series was "rubbish" on Watch What Happens Live, Heughan shared, "She revealed the ending, the last scene of it, but she's still writing the 10th book so we've got a long way to go."

He further elaborated in a recent interview with Esquire UK. "Diana Gabaldon [the writer-creator] actually revealed to me how the whole thing’s going to end," he said. "She emailed me the last few pages of what will be the last book very early on, I think in the first few weeks of shooting and no one else has seen that I think, apart from one other exec producer. Even Caitríona’s not seen it and I’m sworn to secrecy."

Balfe confirmed in an interview with Digital Spy that she doesn't know anything about how the series will end, in part because she prefers to maintain some mystery. "I think [Diana] has told Sam something about his character, but then I think he is just really nosy and he badgered her!" Balfe joked."I'm quite happy to let the mystery live, and just find out when I need to find out."

During the same conversation, Balfe shared her hopes for the series finale. "I think it has to be a Romeo and Juliet moment, right, where we are both together, or a Naoise and Deirdre moment where Jamie and Claire sort of lie down together and slowly drift off," she mused, referencing an Irish folk legend about a woman overcome by grief after her husband's death. "I don't think one can survive without the other and I don't think Claire will leave him at all. Nobody is eternal, so at some point someone is going to have to croak it so they might as well do it together!"

Actor Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna Fraser in the TV adaptation, recently shared that she hopes the story ends with Roger and Brianna back in the future. "I feel like they need to be back in the future, all cushty, go to the cinema, kids running around, no drama," Skelton said.

But her father Jamie will not travel forward in time. Gabaldon has made that much clear on social media.

That said, the final installment in the series will provide the answer to a question that fans have been asking since the very first book. That ghost watching Claire when she was on her second honeymoon with Frank in 1945?

It was indeed Jamie.

"The ghost is Jamie–but as for how it fits into the story, All Will Be Explained—in the last book," Gabaldon writes in the FAQ section of her website.

And as for the apparent age of Jamie's apparition, she once wrote on Twitter, “Ghosts don't exist in a place where time has meaning.”

I guess we'll have to stay tuned to find out exactly what that means.

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