And now, the official count to the end of the Doughtlander begins: Starz has announced that its time-traveling romance Outlander will return Saturday, April 9th, kicking off a 13 episode run with a premiere titled “Dragonfly in Amber.” Book readers (of which I am not one, admittedly) know that the series will be taking a huge leap in Season 2, as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) move to France (although the production, and the setting for the new poster, is still in Scotland). Gone, soon, are the highlands and the tartan, and in their place, some extremely high wigs and extremely wide-wasted dresses (and for Jamie, it appears, a taming of his locks).
EW has also delivered a new trailer for the season that seems to tease a lot more time-traveling. In addition to getting more 1940s flashbacks, we’ll also be returning there with Claire. But how? Why? Can she return to Scotland (or France in order to save Scotland) to complete her mission and unite with Jamie? Or did she complete her mission and therefore was dumped back in the 40s? And what about the baby?! As Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) says to Claire, “I wouldn’t want to bare that burden.” Check it out below:
Starz also released the first poster for the upcoming season, which highlights the aforementioned French styles, as the couple stand on steps of Versailles. Sam Heughan told us at the TCA press tour in January that instead of sword fighting, the French way of combat at this time is more about backstabbing and poison. There’s more nuance, and clearly a lot for Jamie to learn (and a lot for Claire to remember from history). According to the press release, “the new image gives viewers a taste of what’s to come in this exciting and dangerous next chapter – old world lavishness mixed with a sense of new world urgency.”
See it below, and you can also check out our full premiere date calendar here to find out when all of your favorites are scheduled to return.
Here’s the official synopsis for Outlander’s new season:
“Book Two of “Outlander” begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.”