For fans of the hit series Outlander, it has already seemed like a long time since the first season ended. Thankfully, only a few more months remain before the second season of the time-traveling drama returns to Starz. With that in mind, Sam Heughan recently revealed that filming for the second season is almost finished while new photos from the set have officially been released.
In response to winning the Radio Times TV Show Champion for 2015, Scotland Now is reporting that Heughan thanked fans for their continued support and revealed that production for Outlander’s second season was just about finished.
“Season 2 is almost complete, #Droughtlander is almost over!” Sam Heughan stated. “Thanks again to our extended Clan of Outlander Fans, we make it for them.”
According to Movie News Guide, the second season of Outlander will feature Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) departing Scotland and making their way to Paris. The new season is expected to follow the events that occurred in the second book in Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling series, titled Dragonfly in Amber.
Not only does this include the couple infiltrating the aristocracy in Paris in order to prevent the Jacobite Rebellion, but it will also feature a significant change in costume to go along with the new setting. In fact, fans can expect a much more elaborate season filled with exquisite costumes and set designs.
The recent on-set photos that were released by Entertainment Weekly reflect the costume change for Claire and Jamie in the new season. In the images, there is a noticeable lack of tartans, while both Jamie and Claire are sporting more sophisticated clothing, including a lavish dress for Claire.
For his part, Jamie is wearing a dark blue coat with a white scarf, which is a far cry from his kilt wearing days in Season 1. At the same time, Claire is wearing a floral patterned hoop gown complete with a hat and yellow gloves.
Speaking of the drastic change in wardrobe, the costume designer for the show, Terry Dresbach, recently shared some insight into how this season will look vastly different than the tartan-filled first season. In particular, Dresbach was thrilled at the prospects of creating costumes based on the high fashion of 18th century France.
“In Scotland, there is not a ton of research out there about what they wore. It was a rough place,” Dresbach explained. “But France [in the 18th century] was one of the most well-documented periods of fashion in the world, so you better get it right. There is no wiggle room. Everything has to be sumptuous and lavish and every inch is beaded and embroidered. This is why I came back into the business to do this show. Getting to do 18th-century French court is a designer’s dream. It’s fabulous.”
That being said, not all of the characters on the show share Dresbach’s love for French fashion. For Claire, having to wear the fancy clothes and participate in the social life in Paris is not something she particularly enjoys.
“In Paris, the ladies don beautiful clothes, sip tea and gossip. It drives Claire mad,” Balfe recently revealed to TV Insider.
Although the new season will spend a lot of time in Paris, the second season will not stay in Paris for the entire run. Jamie and Claire will make their way back to Scotland at some point, which should please fans who enjoyed seeing the couple in traditional Scottish getups.
The second season of Outlander, which is currently set to resume filming in the new year, is expected to premiere in the spring of 2016.
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