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Investigating The Real Mystery Of 'Outlander' — How The Characters Defy Aging

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Investigating The Real Mystery Of 'Outlander' — How The Characters Defy Aging

Time travel may be the real fantastical element of Outlander, but there's something to be said for the magic of youth. Since Season 3, Outlander has taken a unique approach to aging Jamie and Claire in that, the Starz series hasn't aged them much at all. Yet, with a story that spans decades (and, really, centuries), the Frasers aren't the only characters who have been aged-up on Outlander... or aged-down for that matter.

As of the writing of this article, Caitriona Balfe is 41 years old and Sam Heughan is 40. As they are both objectively attractive people with successful careers in the entertainment industry, their perceived age is going to skew a bit younger. But that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of discussion around the Starz show's choice not to significantly age up Claire and Jamie when they reunited after 20 years in Season 3.

Perhaps it's their undying love for one another that gives them their youthful glow. Or, perhaps, as Balfe has joked, it's the magical properties of going through the stones that allow Claire to remain looking like she's in her 30s. But how do Jamie and Claire compare to the other characters who lived through two or more decades with them? Here's how Outlander has handled the aging for everyone from Jamie and Claire to Laoghaire and Murtagh.

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