Starz released a teaser for season two of Outlander this past week. The show is slated to return this coming spring, though a premiere date is not yet set.
for the end of the show’s first season and the second book of the series as well as probable moments in the show’s second season
When we left Jamie and Claire, they had boarded a ship to France, after breaking Jamie out of Wentworth Prison, where he had been tortured by the nefarious Black Jack Randall. Before that, Claire had declined to return to her own time, opting to stay in the 18th century with Jamie. Now that they are persona non grata in Scotland because of the escape and the price on Jamie’s head, the two opt to go to France, where they resolve to do what they can to stop the coming Rising of 1746, which Claire knows will kill the clan system in Scotland and decimate that country for many years to come.
The teaser gives us glimpses at a multitude of moments to expect from the new season, which is based on the series’ second book, Dragonfly in Amber. If you have read Diana Gabaldon’s series, you’ll be familiar with some of the moments we only glimpse here; if you haven’t, you no doubt will be wondering what Jamie and Claire will need to do to try to stop the Rising and how France factors into that.
Let me point out some significant images from the teaser. More spoilers ahead here so feel free to stop reading and just skip down and watch the teaser again.
Potential second season spoilers begin here:
- Longer hair: Magically, Jamie steps off the boat in France with longer hair. Man, that must have been some trip over the Channel.
- Claire and Jamie leaning over a grave: Since we know that Claire’s pregnancy ends in Paris, this must be the couple mourning their first child, Faith.
- Claire and Jamie in bed, looking fondly at Claire’s burgeoning belly: In Dragonfly in Amber, Claire is about five to six months along when she loses her baby. This image makes it look like the show might move her loss to later in her pregnancy.
- The pair at a number of swanky-looking French get-ups: In order to ingratiate himself into the French elite and try to prevent the Bonnie Prince from getting funding for his ill-fated Rising, Jamie must participate as much as possible in Paris society. Claire accompanies him to many of these soirees, so we will see quite a bit of lovely period costumes on both characters.
- Jamie in a sword fight, with a rather fierce look on his face: The duel with Black Jack, no doubt. I can’t wait to see Jamie unman the scurvy lout.
- A confrontation between the Brits and the Highlanders in the fog: Could this shot be of the battle at Prestonpans? Most likely Culloden won’t be shown until season three.
- A tall imposing gentlemen stepping into a room: Le Comte St. Germain walks into a room, brooding over Claire’s role in destroying one of his ships.
- Claire hugging someone who is shorter than she: Though the shot is brief, it looks like she is a hugging a woman. Could this be from the immediate aftermath of their assault in the street, when Mary Hawkins is raped?
- A glimpse of Murtagh: Any chance to see Murtagh (Duncan LaCroix) is a welcome one. He stays by Jamie’s and Claire’s sides throughout their time in Paris and later their return to Scotland.
- Claire and Jamie walking on what are presumably the grounds at Versailles: The Frasers make a couple of memorable trips to the grounds of the palace of Louis XIV.
Even more potential spoilers end here:
Last, but not least, Diana Gabaldon herself confirmed that Brianna and Roger will appear in season two, but no new casting information is known beyond the fact that they are indeed working on finding actors for those two pivotal roles.
Starz recently released a description for the next season of Outlander:
Season 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.
Are you excited about another season of Outlander? What are you most looking forward to?