Outlander: 13 Hidden Details About Frank Randall Everyone Missed?
2023/09/27

Warning: This article contains spoilers to the ninth novel, Go Tell The Bees I'm Gone

While the actors of Outlanderall deserve a lot of praise for the way they have brought their characters to life, one person who has only just begun to get credit is Tobias Menzies. Although it is his portrayal as the villainous Black Jack Randall is one of his most defining roles, not a lot of people pay attention to the emotional and raw performance he gave as Frank Randall.

As a result of this, not many people pay attention to the little details around Frank or the easter eggs the showrunners have hidden to pay homage to the character. It's a shame really since they can help fans get a better insight into Frank's personality or his motives. It'll definitely be worth taking another look if some fans are going to be rewatching some of Outlander's best episodes again.

Updated on February 13th, 2022, by Kayleigh Banks: It may have been four years since Frank died, but the historian still appears to be helping his family from beyond the grave. In Gabaldon's latest book addition, Go Tell The Bees I'm Gone, the readers discovered that Brianna had found one of Frank's old history books and had decided to take it back to the past to help her family avoid a dire situation.

While the show has already diverted away from the original source material, it would be a great easter egg if they incorporate the title of the text into one of the novels on the Fraser-MacKenzie bookshelf or a pamphlet of sorts.    

Frank Burned Claire's Clothes When She Returned To 1948

While most fans had been focused on Claire's pain in "Through a Glass, Darkly," they might not have completely noticed what Frank had been burning on the fire pit.

Frank Wasn't A Direct Descendant Of Jonathan Randall

Frank Randall was never a direct descendant of Jonathan Randall (otherwise known as Black Jack Randall). Although Frank had believed that he had been related directly related to the Scottish Captain after tracing his ancestral line back to him, Claire later discovered that he was actually related to Randall's brother, Alex.

Frank Discovered The Truth About Black Jack Randall

Although it didn't unfold on-screen, the showrunners did imply Claire told Frank the truth about Black Jack Randall. This was all revealed in "Dragonfly in Amber" when Roger and Brianna were looking into Reverend Wakefield's journals and discovered Frank had sent him a letter.

The Weapon Frank Used To Defend Himself In Season 1 Is Called A Blackjack

In the season 1 episode "Both Sides Now," there is an interesting easter egg that can be found in relation to Frank. During the sequence where Frank is defending himself against several attackers in the alleyway, he uses a weapon that he concealed in his coat.

Frank's Clothes In Season 3 Reflect His Declining Mood

In Outlander, the showrunners include a lot of symbolism to either provide an easter egg or to reflect the character's emotions. This was particularly evident in season 3, as there was a lot of symbolism in the color of outfits Frank wore during the 20 year time jump.

Frank Knew About Claire's Future In The Past

Frank was aware that Claire would make her way back to Jamie at some later date after he found her obituary. This was seen in the season 4 episode, "Down The Rabbit Hole," where Frank realizes that everything Claire had told him was true and that she would ultimately die with Jamie at her side.

Frank's Death Was Foreshadowed After He Found The Newspaper Clipping

While Claire's obituary in an archived newspaper confirmed her story to Frank and let him know that she would eventually reunite with Jamie, the scene also foreshadowed Frank's death in a way too.

Frank Was A Good Cook

Frank was apparently a good cook. A few years after he and Claire had moved to Boston with Brianna, and the two had already started leading separate lives, there was one scene where Frank appeared to be making delicious English breakfast for the family.

Frank Possibly Took To Drinking

It is very possible that Frank found began to drink after his marriage with Claire became a farce. In the first couple of episodes of season 3, Frank was shown to be slightly inebriated. Jamie in the past and when he and Claire had a final showdown. He may have loved Claire, but this relationship was not good for his health.

Frank Had Offers From Some Of The Bastions Of Education

While fans are well aware that Frank is one of the most intelligent characters on Outlander, not everyone is aware of his qualifications or the offers he received.

Frank Never Knew About Claire Wearing Both Her Rings

In the series, Frank was never shown to have been aware that Claire continued to wear her rings from both her marriages - even when she was with Jamie.

Frank Could Have Got Brianna On His Side But Didn't

When Brianna had found Frank with the obituary for James and Claire Fraser, Frank was drinking and appeared very upset by the news he had read

Tobias Menzies Feels Frank Wouldn't Have Loved His New Wife As Much As Claire

In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, actor Tobias Menzies feels that Frank wouldn't have loved Sandy as much as he had loved Claire if they had got married.

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