‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Claims Paris Setting Will Change The Show And The Characters, ‘The Honeymoon Is Over’

As fans await the release of Outlander’s highly anticipated second season, actor Sam Heughan recently shared a few surprising comments about the new season. Jamie (Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are set to travel to Paris, France, for Season 2, which is something Heughan promised will be a life altering choice for both the series and characters alike.

According to Master Herald, Heughan made the comments just as the series finished filming the new season. While the actor did not go into any great details about what will change as a result of the new setting, there are a few clues as to what fans can expect to unfold this time around.

For starters, Jamie and Claire have a difficult mission ahead of them in Paris. This includes preventing the Jacobite Rebellion by infiltrating certain ranks and files of Parisian society. With the series heading into political territory, Parent Herald is reporting that there will be less time for romance for the couple.

“The honeymoon is kind of over,” Heughan told Elle. “But that doesn’t mean they won’t get back there. They have a lot going on and they’re working on their relationship. Their relationship is less innocent and young. It’s now more grown up.”

Part of the reason why Claire and Jamie have to work on their marriage is because of everything that Jamie went through last season. This included his imprisonment and sexual assault at the hands of Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), which he is still dealing with in the second season.

In season 2 Jamie is still recovering from being tortured by Black Jack Randall in season 1. [Image via Starz]
Meanwhile, with the new setting also comes new characters. According to Scotland Now, fans will be introduced to a number of new faces, including Bonnie Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower), Jared Fraser (Robert Cavanah), Le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber), and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin). With so many new characters set to be introduced, Jamie and Claire will definitely need to be on their best game this upcoming season.

At the same time, fans will also get a first look at Jamie and Claire’s daughter with the introduction of Brianna. Although fans have long speculated who would play the pivotal role of Brianna, it was recently announced that Sophie Skelton had landed the part.

Skelton has a good deal of experience under her belt, including stage performances in Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story, and television roles in Doctors, DCI Banks, Waterloo Road, Casualty – Forsaking All Others, and Foyle’s War.

The official season 2 'Outlander' poster reveals the fashions in Paris will be much different than in Scotland. [Image via Starz]
With Brianna’s role set to be expanded in the second season of Outlander, Skelton should be a perfect fit for the part. Along with her acting abilities, Skelton has been described as both an accomplished dancer and a trained singer, which should open up more possibilities for the development of her character.

Along with all the new cast members, the setting itself will introduce a number of different challenges for the characters. This includes a brand new society for Jamie and Claire to mix in with and different type of fighting than Jamie is used to in his native Scotland.

“It’s completely different than season one,” Heughan shared in the Elle interview. “We’re in Paris, so there’s a completely different look to the show. The costumes look fantastic. It’s very ostentatious. The allies and the enemies are very different. There’s less people with swords and shields and more back-stabbings and politics.”

Despite facing multiple weather-related issues, production for the second season of Outlander is almost complete. In fact, the cast and crew are currently finishing up the last leg of shooting in Scotland, which means the second season should be released on time.

The new season of Outlander is expected to premiere April 9 on Starz, you can check out the all-new trailer below.

[Image via Starz]