Why was the date smudged in the paper in Outlander?

Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ
Outlander Season 6 -- Courtesy of Robert Wilson/STARZ /

Since Outlander Season 4, we’ve had questions about that obituary in the paper. We found out who put it in, but was the smudged date explained?

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Outlander Season 7, Episode 4.

We’re at the halfway point of the first half of Outlander Season 7. This episode has wrapped up the A Breath of Snow and Ashes storyline, with a touch on that second epilogue in the book. It’s time to get some answers about the obituary.

It turns out that Tom Christie published the obituary. In the books, the date is incorrect. While the year is right, the month is wrong due to some missing pieces of a specific font. With no survivors, the printer didn’t really care about accuracy.

That wasn’t a storyline that played out in full in the show. In Outlander Season 4, we didn’t even know the year. Bree rushed through the stones, uncertain of when in the 1770s her parents would die in the fire.

Why was the date smudged in Outlander?

I had hoped that there would be a comment about the smudged date. Maybe Tom could have had a copy and Claire have noticed it. After all, that smudge would have meant a lot to her knowing that this was the obituary that brought Bree and then Roger to the past.

In the end, there was no mention of the smudge. Maybe it happened a lot in the past so it wasn’t something to be mentioned. Or maybe it was such a small thing by this point of the story that there was no need to mention it. It would have just been a nice extra tie to the reason Bree and Roger came back in the first place, especially with them back in their own time.

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