A new cast addition to Outlander will help the series explore one family in deeper detail, while giving Outlander fans more to stress over, during the summer hiatus. Laurence Dobiesz (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Testament of Youth) has joined the Outlander cast and will be starring in the role of Alex Randall, who is the younger brother to Outlander’s greatest villain, Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).
Unlike Jack, who proved himself capable of any depravity, when he raped Sam Heughan’s Outlander character in the finale, Alex is described as “gentle, loving and kind,” according to TV Line. Alex will be in the employ of Duke of Sandringham as a curate and secretary, when Outlander premieres.
“In probably every which way you can think of, it’s going to be different than Season 1 was, which I think is one of the strengths of the series overall: its continuing evolution,” Outlander executive producer Ronald D. Moore said.
An early synopsis for Outlander‘s second season has already been provided, courtesy of The Wrap.
“Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hellbent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared (Robert Cavanah), 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.”
While it may seem that the characters of Outlander are moving on from the events of the first season, the executive producer assures Outlander fans that is only partially true. The effects of the events of the finale will be felt by characters throughout the new episodes, even as other concerns seem to take precedence. The Outlander character of Jamie Fraser will be dealing with the fallout of his rape for some time, reports Mr. Moore.
“The reverberations of this will echo throughout the second season in the relationship, his development as a character and how he deals with certain story points. Absolutely.”
Moore added that Outlander‘s second season will differ in that the storylines will be much more political with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jaimie (Sam Heughan) becoming embroiled in the Jacobite Rebellion.
“It’s much more about deception, and lies within lies, and the gossips and the surroundings of Paris. And dinner parties, and going to the court of Louis the XV — and if you know those books, there’s St. Germain, and there’s Master Raymond, and there’s more of an occult feeling to a lot of that stuff. [Plus], she’s pregnant, and he’s got the aftermath of Jack Randall.”
Outlander is currently filming its second season and, if it follows the first season’s schedule, the Outlander premiere should air in August.
[Featured image: Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan courtesy of Starz/ Outlander]