Outlander Season 2 is right around the corner and if there is anything that fans have learned from the trailer, it’s that changing the future is quite possible. But there could also be dramatic consequences to those actions and the character of Claire (Randall) Fraser may need to consider more than just the fate of her fellow Highlanders.
The fist thing that fans of Outlander need to do is take a close look at the trailer and the various teases that it poses and just consider what is really at stake. For those who read the Diana Gabaldon series of books, then you may think you already know what is going to happen before it ever premieres. But if major TV shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are any indicator, then you should also be aware that TV producers do not like their material to be spoiled for fans before they have even had a chance to present it to the world.
So now that fans of Outlander know that Season 2 is based on the second book in the Gabaldon Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, then you can rest assured that the TV show is going to be quite the same, but very much different, and the arcs may end up taking different routes to get to where they are going.
First of all, the Season 2 trailer for Outlander clearly shows that Claire has revealed to more than just Jamie that she is from the future. When her in-law addresses her with the dates of her actual living years, she makes no attempt to hide her true origins.
The next thing you start hearing about in the Outlander trailer is that there is going to be a Jacobite rebellion and the Highlanders will not be on the victorious end of the stick when the smoke clears.
Claire and Jamie will make their own political maneuvers while in Paris and ultimately return to stop the Jacobite Rebellion from ever starting. But one thing that she has not considered is what kind of effect that might have on her. She is after all from the 20th century and in terms of age on the timeline, centuries younger than everyone who exists in the 18th century, including her new family and their own people in Outlander.
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So what might stand to benefit them could in effect have devastating repercussions on Claire’s very existence. It has been theorized in many different forms of pop fiction and literature that if a person were to in some way travel to the past, they must not interfere even in the smallest of ways. Not even moving a blade of grass, as quoted from Doc Brown in Back to the Future.
In a nutshell, Season 2 of Outlander could have a much more intense effect on Claire than people could realize. If she stops the rebellion and allows those people who originally fought and died in it to live, that could in some way lead to her cancelling herself out of existence. Who’s to say how it would affect the future. What kind of effect that could have on her father and mother ever meeting to start with, let alone having a child. If they don’t meet, then Claire does not exist, period.
Of course, that is just one of many theories of how things could go wrong on Outlander Season 2. But if that holds true and at some point she does realize how it will effect her, then she could end up letting the natural course of history continue on without altering a single thing.
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) February 14, 2016
Even Jamie was heard in the Outlander Season 2 trailer questioning if changing the future is even possible. There are practical reasons to consider for it. Cause and effect has perhaps the most permutations available to it in all of existence.
Either way, fans of Outlander will get to see Season 2 on April 9.
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