The actors and creatives behind it Stranger, the supernatural romantic epic of Starz Moloch, gathered both physically and virtually to see a new teaser and some tantalizing details of the sixth season at New York Comic Con 2021. Most importantly, especially to book readers, was the news that the Christie family will arrive at Fraser’s Ridge this season and cause some conflict.
While the family first appears in the fifth book in the series by Diana Gabaldon, The fiery cross, They make their debut in season 6 – which mainly adapts the sixth book, A touch of snow and ash. When asked what she was looking forward to the most this season, Gabaldon giggled darkly and said many things, but the Christie family would most likely be the most valued by fans.
“You will love her and you will hate her,” said Sam Heughan, who appears on the show as Jamie and who attended the panel discussion in person. He was personally accompanied by Gabaldon and Starz Executive Producer Maril Davis. Actors Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Lauren Lyle (Marsali MacKimmie), César Domboy (Fergus) and John Bell (Young Ian) were virtually there.
“We have this family, the Christies, arriving at the Ridge,” Heughan explained. “At first they are integrated into the new community, but very soon we will see how much history between Tom and Jamie really gets under the skin and begins to crumble or fall apart what Claire and Jamie have built in Fraser’s Ridge.”
The short teaser gave a first glimpse of the Christie family in action. The family consists of three newcomers to the Stranger Clan. Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones (Gangs of London, The Witcher 2 & 3) plays Patriarch Tom, Jessica Reynolds (The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw) plays Malva and Alexander Vlahos (Merlin, Versailles) is Allan. For those unfamiliar with the books, the exact family relationship between Tom, Malva, and Allan is a bit of a spoiler. All may not be as it appears when the family first arrives as tenants on Jamie’s and Claire’s property in North Carolina.
“You’re just a strange little family,” concluded Heughan. “On and off the screen.”
The Christies aren’t the only family the expanded Fraser clan will have to worry about in season 6. In response to a fan question, Heughan also reassured everyone that the Browns were “very dangerous,” “powerful,” and still a major threat. There’s also, of course, the looming American Revolution and the knowledge that at some point Jamie will have to cross the pages to be on the right side of history. While season 6 has a reduced number of episodes and only eight new episodes will appear in early 2022, everyone in the panel agreed that it felt somehow longer, more intense and even traumatic. Expect the new season to have a strong blow.