Why is Roger’s hair short in the Outlander Season 7 promo photo?

Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ
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STARZ let us know that Outlander Season 7 filming has started with a great group photo. There is one question about Roger’s hair.

Caution: There are spoilers from the Outlander books in this post.

Fans certainly rejoiced when they found out that Outlander Season 7 filming has officially started. However, there were a few things that came up from the promo photo used to share the exciting news. The biggest is all about Roger’s hair.

You’ll notice that he doesn’t have long hair in the shot. In fact, Matt Roberts once thanked Richard Rankin for growing out his hair for the sixth season, and we knew the actor had cut it recently and that did bring up a few questions about Richard wearing a wig. However, looking at the photo, it looks like he won’t even wear a wig. Roger has short hair.

Roger shaves his head in Outlander Season 7

If the series follows the books, there is one main reason for Roger to have short hair in Outlander Season 7. Roger shaves it.

This is actually a huge moment in the books to help discover who Jemmy’s biological dad really is. Jemmy gets lice and he has to have his head shaved to deal with the problem. Of course, he doesn’t really want to have his head shaved, so Roger decides to have his head shaved too in solidarity. It’s a great moment between father and son.

After this, everyone sees a birthmark that Jemmy has that matches one that Roger has. This is a hereditary birthmark, making it pretty clear that Roger is Jemmy’s biological father. Without an actual DNA test, it’s a perfect way to show that Jemmy and Roger are directly related.

This is likely the reason for Roger to have short hair. It makes the most sense for the story overall.

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