With the production of the second season of Outlander now well under way, it’s only a matter of time before the new season is up and running. Although this is admittedly still a few months off from becoming a reality, Outlander star Sam Heughan recently discussed some of the scenes that were filmed for the new season with Youth Health Mag.
In particular, Heughan revealed that the second season will feature some “tough scenes,” that included “challenging conditions” for the cast and crew. Although this quote was noticeably scant on details, Heughan’s comments echoed what author Diana Gabaldon recently shared about her time on-set.
In an interview with the Scotsman, Gabaldon addressed some issues fans were having with the amount of time expended between seasons, also known as Droughtlander. In that regard, Gabaldon explained how difficult some of the scenes were to film, and how it just takes time for an episode to go through the entire process to completion.
“They complain bitterly about what they see as the delay in putting on the next series as they have no idea how long it takes to make an episode. It literally takes four weeks of filming and another four weeks of post-production,” she stated, adding that daylight also factors into the filming schedule. “But if they want to do day-time scenes everyone has to get up really early in the morning to get the first hint of daylight.”
Meanwhile, with production in full swing, Venture Capital Post is reporting that a new face is set to join the cast and crew on-set. With that in mind, Oscar Kennedy has been confirmed as playing the role of John William Grey in the second season of Outlander.
As fans may know, Grey is a young boy who is introduced in Gabaldon’s second book of the hit time-traveling series, Dragonfly in Amber. In the books, Grey believes that Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is being held against her will by Jamie (Heughan), and attempts to set her free by confronting Jamie. That being said, it isn’t known how close the series will follow the books and what may be in store for Kennedy’s character.
At the same time, Scotland Now is reporting that Graham McTavish, who is set to portray Dougal MacKenzie when Outlander returns, recently shared some spoilers about the second season. Apparently, McTavish explained the new season would include a rather depressing scene. Exactly which characters this scene would include and what the details are surrounding the situation are not yet known.
Speaking of McTavish, the actor has also been active on social media as the show continues production. In a message posted to McTavish’s Twitter account, he praised the cast and crew for a job well done despite having to work in some pretty nasty conditions.
“Yesterday was messy, muddy madness, but really great. @Outlander_Starz As always, hats off to our fantastic crew!” he wrote.
Although it isn’t clear just how many more days are left until Outlander officially wraps its production for the second season, Maril Davis recently noted that the series has reached a milestone. According to Master Herald, the producer declared that Outlander has officially completed its 300th day of filming.
With the show clearly moving ahead in the casting department, it will only be a matter of time before filming for the new season is completed. In the meantime, at least fans have plenty to look forward to as the cast and crew continue to release new spoilers concerning the upcoming season.
The second season of Outlander is expected to hit television in the early spring of 2016.
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