Outlander has had its fair share of dramas over the years, and one that stands out to many fans is Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) love child William Ransom (Charles Vandervaart).
In season 3, we discover Jamie has a love child with Geneva (Hannah James) who he was involved with during his time as an indentured servant at Helwater.
Geneva died in childbirth and William was raised by his aunt Isobel (Tanya Reynolds) and her new husband Lord John Grey (David Berry), who gallantly married the lady despite his feelings for Jamie.
Lord John has been caring for William ever since with the boy making sporadic appearances in Outlander. Season seven will see William – now a grown man – with a greater part to play in the Starz historical series.
Canadian star Vandervaart’s casting was announced back in May and will be an intriguing addition to the show.
However, William is unaware of his father’s true identity, believing it to be the late Ludovic Ransom, the Eighth Earl of Ellesmere (James Cameron Stewart) who was married to Geneva.
Jamie was blackmailed into sleeping with Geneva after she threatened to reveal his true identity as a Jacobite.
However, his presence could prove to be problematic for Jamie’s wife Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) with William being a constant reminder of his infidelity.
Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna in the show addressed how her character felt about the truth being kept from her both about Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) not being her biological father and also her half-brother William.
According to the UK Express website, she said: “I think she’s old enough to see past ‘lies’ now and looks more toward the reasons the lies took place.
“The lies protected everyone, including Frank. Maybe mostly Frank and that is something she will forever be grateful for.”
Speaking about how Claire feels about Jamie’s love child, she said: “Regarding William, again I think this is something that pains Claire to this day and it wasn’t really Brianna’s secret to know.
“Wishes on deathbeds were made and she was told when the time was right. I think she can respect both the value of a promise and the value of timing.”
Adding: “At first, and at the young and complicated age she was when she found it, it wasn’t an easy one for her.”
Skelton is now busy working on season seven of Outlander with filming taking place in Scotland and the show is most likely to be hitting screens in 2023 at the earliest.
Skelton said: “For now, more Outlander anyway! We have a fair few months left of that first so everything else afterwards is still early doors and under wraps at the moment.”