Sam Heughan On the End Of ‘Outlander’ — ‘I Think We Will All Miss It Greatly’
With Outlander getting ready to start production on season 6, fans are already anticipating the show’s ending. Outlander author Diana Gabaldon has confirmed that the 10th book in the series will wrap things up, ending Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) storyline in epic fashion. While there are still a few more seasons ahead, Heughan recently opened up about the show’s final season and admitted that everyone “will miss it greatly” once it’s over.
Sam Heughan admits ‘Outlander’ is nearing the end
Each season of Outlander has roughly corresponded to one of Gabaldon’s novels. With the series now heading into its sixth run, there might only be a handful of seasons remaining.
Heughan, who has played Jamie since 2014, recently opened up about what it will be like saying goodbye to the beloved drama. According to Express, the actor admitted that he is going to be sad when Outlander is over, especially considering how the role has defined his career.
“I think, absolutely, you look at other actors and their careers and you realize there’s always a defining role,” he explained. “This is absolutely going to be mine, of course, it’s always going to be with me.”
Heughan added that he “can see where the end might be” now that they are getting ready to start production on season 6. He also admitted that it is “hard to think about” the series finale and what will happen once they call it a wrap.
Heughan says ‘Outlander’ cast and crew ‘will all miss it greatly’
Heughan went on to say that he believes everyone who has worked on Outlander all of these years will “miss” the series a lot. He also noted that fans are in the middle of another Droughtlander, which is bad enough to think about.
“I think we will all miss it greatly. We already are on Droughtlander,” he shared.
When asked about how he plans on coping with the show’s end, Heughan joked that he will probably have to undergo some sort of “therapy.”
He then noted that the entire cast and crew has “created a bond” and that everyone knows that they are a part of “something special.” He also thanked fans for their amazing support over the years and confessed that he does not know what is going to happen once the series calls it a wrap.
Although Heughan didn’t spill any details about what’s ahead, his comments have sparked some serious speculation about how Jamie might die at the end of the series.
Is this how Jamie’s journey will end?
Outlander fans have long debated how Jamie’s story might end. To make his journey even more complicated, we already know that Jamie’s ghost appears to Claire outside of her hotel window in the show’s very first episode.
Gabaldon has confirmed that the ghost is Jamie, but we still don’t know what he is doing watching Claire in the 20th century. Many fans have speculated that Jamie perished in the Battle of Culloden and was simply waiting for Claire to return to Scotland.
Heughan hasn’t said anything about the theories, but he did open up about Jamie’s close brush with death, which he compared to his character’s fate at Culloden.
The Outlander star revealed that it was great to see Jamie “chose to come back” after nearly dying from the snake bite. He then stated that this is the second time Jamie has had a near-death experience.
“He chose to come back for Claire because he loves her but it’s probably the second time that Jamie has come this close to death,” Heughan said. “He’s probably taken his last breath and Culloden was the other one.”
What will Sam Heughan do after ‘Outlander’?
We do not know when Outlander will end, but Heughan certainly will have plenty of opportunities once the series is over. The actor has already transitioned to roles on the big screen and recently admitted that he would love to play the next incarnation of James Bond.
Betting agencies in the UK have started to favor Heughan for landing the part. According to The Scottish Sun, a recent poll revealed that 60 percent of voters would like to see Heughan become the next 007, which put him ahead of his rivals, Jack Lowden and Richard Madden.
Heughan, of course, has other competition for the part. This includes James Norton, Tom Hardy, and Tom Hiddleston, all of whom are in the running for taking over after Daniel Craig steps down this year.