Outlander fans have been awaiting Season 2 for quite some time, and it seems there’s finally news and a premiere date to tide viewers over, until the series, which is based on the books by author Diana Gabaldon, is made available. Starz has settled on a premiere date for the series, revealing that Outlander will return on April 9 with Season 2 picking up as Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) set out on their adventures in France. In an addition to a change in locale, fans will notice that their favorite Outlander characters are also getting a wardrobe upgrade to fit in with their French peers.
A New Trailer Gives Fans A Sneak Peek at Season 2 Of Outlander
The much-awaited new run of Outlander will pick up with “Dragonfly in Amber” and, as that premiere episode sends Claire and Jamie embarking on their new adventures, it seems France won’t be the only place (and time) Claire gets to visit. The key to this new installment of Outlander is deception. While it seems all of France is engaged in betraying trusts from one person to the next, Jamie and Claire find that they must act just as two-faced if they mean to save Scotland.
Meanwhile, the Outlander characters played by Balfe and Heughan must also face personal challenges that begin with the birth of their child and a vow to always find a way back to each other. It’s this vow that is the driving force of the guilt seen in Claire’s eyes, as she again travels through time and finds herself facing her 1945 husband.
As Outlander returns, the series melds the older eras with a new world in a way that makes life far more dangerous for the show’s heroes. A synopsis for Season 2, provided in a press release, reveals just how different and how the dangers are more subtle in this new installment.
“Book Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin, Jared, 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. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.”
The Clothes Make The Men And The Women In France
For those that have read the books upon which Outlander is based, it’s readily apparent that for any kind of cinematic adaptation, costume design is of the utmost importance. For this reason, the Outlander‘s producers brought in Terry Dresbach and, while the on-set designer wasn’t challenged with the grubby clothes of Season 1’s Scotland locale, the French high society of the next Outlander run has required a much more challenging wardrobe for both Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.
“It was very different in Scotland. We did skirts and bodices because we needed to give [Claire] as much mileage out of as few clothes as possible. [Her wardrobe] was very practical from day-to-night dressing and in-season,” Dresbach says of the changes in Outlander. “But in the 18th century, a wealthy person would change their clothes multiple times in a day, so every time Claire goes somewhere, she has a new gown, every time Jamie goes somewhere, he has a new costume. We really play with the idea that everything was about fashion for the wealthy — not for the poor.”
Fans will catch Claire wearing a stunning, sexy red dress in a future episode of Outlander. For that dress, Terry says it took some time and plenty of research to find just the right shade of red for the gown, but, once the perfect fabric had been located, the fashion designer says he kept the dress as simple as possible. As there weren’t any 18th century equivalents to go by, Dresbach says they took some liberties in designing the outfit.
The Outlander fashion designer adds that the new outfits are much more fitting for the characters, but especially for Jamie, who is not the complete ruffian that he seemed to be in Season 1. Instead, we learn that he was educated in France and that his lineage comes from a nobler line than Outlander fans might expect from what they know of him, up to this point.
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