Outlander: Has Jenny Murray star Laura Donnelly left Outlander?

Outlander cast tease details of ‘exciting’ season six

Outlander left its ancestral home of Scotland behind a long time ago with Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) setting sail in season three. Since then, Scotland has been featured in the series fleetingly with some viewers wondering if this means star Laura Donnelly has left Outlander as Jenny Murray?

Has Jenny Murray star Laura Donnelly left Outlander?

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from the Outlander book series

Outlander is very much based in the New World with North Carolina taking centre stage as this is where Fraser’s Ridge is.

Season six will be concentrating on the Frasers and the MacKenzies, who find themselves facing new plights in America.

They will find themselves conflicted as they are dragged into the American Revolutionary War – much like the last season saw.

Outlander’s showrunner Matthew B. Roberts previously said at Paley Fest in 2020: “One of the things that we always dig into is the Frasers and the MacKenzies putting themselves out there.

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“The reasons why I feel they are so affected by traumas and all the turmoil that goes on in the era, is because they try to help people.”

Roberts went on to tell Deadline: “There are going to be joys, there’s going to be a drama, there’s going to be suffering, there’s going to be tears. All of the above.”

A Breath of Snow and Ashes doesn’t really go to Scotland and as such viewers won’t see much of Fraser’s Ridge.

The connection to Scotland is still there through Jamie and his fellow men at Fraser’s Ridge but the action is still very much in America.

In theory, Jenny and her husband Ian Murray (Steven Cree) are still very much a part of the show even if they are not featured.

Their son Young Ian (John Bell) is part of the current storyline in America and continues to have an active role to play in the series.

Similarly, Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson) is also part of Outlander even if she isn’t onscreen

Should season seven of Outlander get the go-ahead from Starz, the storyline would follow An Echo in the Bone which does see a return to Scotland.

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Only then, will viewers be reunited with Lallybroch and the Frasers but even then if won’t necessarily be for long.

While Donnelly and the other stars haven’t left Outlander as such, their role in the series has diminished as the story moves on to pastures new.

Donnelly has been in many other projects since featuring in Outlander including the West End production of the critical-acclaimed The Ferryman

She has also featured in Britannia, Tolkien and The Nevers, among other things and depending on schedules could make a comeback should season seven happen.

Meanwhile, Cree is currently starring in A Discovery of Witches season two after parts in MotherFatherSon, Deep Water and Cobra.

Equally, Hudson has been carving out an impressive career with parts in Victoria on ITV and Informer as well as short films Nobody’s Son and Parlour Games.

Lord John Grey actor David Berry has also had a smaller role in Outlander in recent years as his character is not based in North Carolina.

He previously wrote on Twitter how he had starred in his last episode of Outlander, posting: “Don’t like goodbyes, tears or sighs…”

Berry went on to clarify: “Final ep on show. But life is long. Perhaps someday [sic].”

Outlander seasons 1 to 5 are streaming on Amazon Prime Video now

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