Sam Heughan recently revealed that his character on the hit time traveling drama Outlander is set for some major changes in Season 2. During an interview at Comic-Con 2015, Heughan stated that Jamie is going to be a completely different person in the new season.
“Jamie’s got no responsibility [in season 1], he’s pretty much out for himself, and he’s just reacting to every moment,” Heughan revealed. “And then [season 2] is completely different, he’s got the hangover of the trauma of [season 1], and also the responsibility of having a wife, of being a father, of becoming a parent.”
Heughan added that Jamie is still dealing with the traumatic events that unfolded in the first season, which included his imprisonment and sexual abuse at the hands of Black Jack Randall.
“In [season 2] he’s still trying to come to terms with the events of [season 1]. But also in [season 2] he’s gone to Paris which is not alien to him, but it’s certainly not a world that he’s particularly comfortable with,” he stated. “And he has to assume a new identity there as well. It certainly feels like he’s a different person.”
With so many changes afoot in the new season, Heughan went on to state that the added responsibilities on both Jamie and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will be a focus of their relationship moving forward.
“The trauma of the end of the season has affected their relationship a lot, and also the fact that she’s a mother, and they’ve got responsibilities — they’re working it out together, but there’s a lot of issues they haven’t dealt with yet, and we do play that out in season 2.”
With the new season featuring the couple moving to Paris, France, Jamie and Claire will be mingling with the French court as they try to prevent the Battle of Culloden.
“They hope to change history, basically. The Battle of Culloden was this big battle between the English and the Highlanders… The repercussions were that the British army bans all Highland culture — the wearing of kilts, speaking Gaelic, the bagpipes. There were the Highland clearances where they put the torch to the cottages.”
Meanwhile, Heughan, along with Balfe, author Diana Gabaldon, and creator Ronald D. Moore, also talked with Entertainment Weekly during Comic-Con about the coming season. Although they refused to reveal any spoilers about the new season, they did sum up season 2 with one word: “Honeypot.”
Outlander will return for Season 2 sometime in 2016.
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