‘Outlander’ Season Three – Tobias Menzies’ Bigger Role and Possible Future Involvement

If you have read Voyager, you may be aware that both of Tobias Menzies’ roles come to an end in season three.  This does not mean his roles are lessened in any way.  In fact, executive producer/showrunner Ronald D. Moore told TV Guide he has expanded Frank’s role in season three as he tries to focus more on what happened to Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in that 20-year time gap, rather than just Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) point-of-view.  Ron also talked about bringing Tobias back for flashbacks in future seasons (YES, PLEASE).

“The story requires [Frank]’s presence. Claire, from the beginning, was married to Frank and spent the entire first book trying to get back to him,” Moore explained to TVGuide.com at the ATX Television Festival in Austin. “She’s found the love of her life in Jamie Fraser, but there’s still this man that has this hold on her so she feels like she needs to go back. That to me says that’s a really strong character and an important character. To understand Claire, you need to understand the nature of that relationship with Frank.”

“When she returns to the 20th century, Frank raises Brianna. Again, he’s a very important figure in the story,” Moore said. “He is the father figure that Brianna knew as opposed to Jamie. Claire spent 20 years with him before he died. We needed to bring that part of the story forward to really understand how all these things work.”

“You never know. We’ve talked about it,” Moore said about bringing Frank or Black Jack back. “There’s always the possibility of flashing back and revisiting him in either role if we had a reason to. Diana in subsequent books kind of touches back to Frank for various reasons. We might do that. It really depends on how we break that in subsequent years.”

Source: TV Guide

  • Diane Smiley-Addams

    What is the dang obsession with Frank?! Why destroy the story from Jamie’s point of view…that’s what’s necessery to understand what he endured during the 20 years he and Claire were appart.

    • distachio

      In Voyager we do see those twenty years in Claire’s flashbacks. They’re going to show them. That doesn’t mean they will also “destroy” Jamie’s side of the story. Relax.

      • Diane Smiley-Addams

        I am relaxed…just voicing an opinion…in the future please refrain from suggesting someone to relax…it seems condescending.

        • Sirilicious

          What is the dang obsession with Frank?!

          That does not look relaxed.

          • Diane Smiley-Addams

            That is your opinion and I am the judge whether or not I’m relaxed. Seeing were this conversation is going I’m through with it.

  • Eileen Kerrigan

    Not sure where Moore got the idea that Claire spends the entire first book trying to get back to Frank — not even close! :-/ When Jamie tries to send her back through the stones, she turns around and runs back to Jamie … and that’s that. The ONLY reason she goes back is because she’s pregnant, and she and Jamie are fairly sure he won’t survive the upcoming battle. That would leave her pregnant and unprotected — AND wanted by the English soldiers — in a time when women regularly died in childbirth, even under the best of circumstances.

    • Imelda Marcos

      It was in Episode 11, she sat by the stones all day until she decided to “run back to Jamie”. That’s how long it took her to make up her mind.

    • Minka Bear

      I totally agree w/Eileen. I’m sure there are lots of Menzies’ fans (Ron Moore being an enthusiastic one of them) but the entire Outlander series is essentially based on the TIMELESS love that Jamie & Claire share. Frank occupied some meaningful “chapters” of Claire’s earlier life story but to bring him “back to the future”(no pun intended ,Sam) takes away AND disrupts the the storyline. I disagreed and resented the “powers-that-be” that expanded and pumped up Tobias’ dual roles at the expense of Jamie’s character and diminished it (on screen NOT book) by cutting out “key” scenes that depict Jamie’s exceptional character traits. I noticed this obsession” at the very beginning of S1 (most of Garrison Commander was BJ for ex.) plus xxx examples also in S2; I believe some of this obsession, more directly, lies with Ron Moore – perhaps he’s jealous of “Jamie” and his character. — Maybe ’cause Outlander is his wife’s all time favorite book. Sorry – but this has bothered me from the start of Outlander.
      I will remain a faithful fan and DO know everyone connected is doing a phenomonal job of bringing it to the screen.

      • D R Allen

        His “obsession” w/Frank comes from the fact that when he first visited w/Herself, SHE said that Claire, Frank, and Jamie were in a love TRIANGLE. Moore (who is a VERY successful storyteller), correctly noted that the book really doesn’t show that (we DO need to recall that when she wrote that 1st book, Diana was an untutored amateur novelist) and Claire’s actions wouldn’t make much sense to a television audience unless more of Frank’s story was told.

        In my own case I didn’t really become a fan of the series until Sony Pictures TV announced that they had cast the internationally known “A-list talent” Tobius Menzies in their new production. Until then, there was only the male lead (a fair-haired chap who did Hallmark Christmas films and other telemovies) and some minor local talents. But Menzies was a well-known name, and demonstrated that SPT was serious about this being a successful product.

  • Robyn Gerell

    Simply can not wait!!

  • Teena Austin

    The books are amazing, complex and fantastic, and I think the closer the show can follow them, the better. Short flashbacks are appropriate to help understand the other characters’ point of view in current (future) context, but shouldn’t be lengthy or detract from the main characters’ story lines.

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  • Rannalph

    Y’all are missing something that the Show runner said about bringing back Menzies in future Seasons, suggesting that he’s talking beyond Season 4. I’d certainly take an episode of Frank teaching a class or teaching Brianna how to shoot and camp, if it meant they gave us Season 5 & or Season 6!