With the new season of Outlander less than two months away from premiering, spoilers are starting to stream in at every turn. Along with the recent on-set photographs of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe), producers have officially revealed the title for the first episode in Season 2. With that in mind, is there a major time jump at the beginning of the season?
According to Enstarz, the title of the Season 2 premiere, “Through a Glass, Darkly,” is based on the first part of Diana Gabaldon’s book, Dragonfly in Amber. In the books, this part takes place in 1968, which is a long way away from 18th-century France. Does this hint of a major time jump at the start of season two?
For his part Ronald D. Moore was hesitant to reveal any kind of time jump to start off the season. Instead, the producer promised that changes are ahead because of the complexity of the second novel.
“I’m not going to say how we start,” Moore shared. “There are changes and differences; the second novel is more complex. It has a lot more puzzle pieces, a lot more moving parts.”
Although the details concerning the time jump are vague, it will include the introduction of Brianna, Jamie and Claire’s daughter from the future. According to E! Online, Sophie Skelton is set to play Brianna in Season 2. In speaking of casting Skelton for the role, Moore explained how they knew they had found the right actress during her first audition.
“There’s no one particular thing that you’re looking for in any of these roles, except that when they get on camera, they kind of become that character and they lose themselves in the role,” Moore stated. “It’s just one of those things that you just know it when you see it. When you see the tape, you just sort of sit up and go, ‘Oh my god!’ It’s an ineffable quality that the right actor with the right role can bring to the show.”
In addition to the new characters in Season 2, both Heughan and Balfe sat down with TV Guide and discussed some of the challenges their characters will face in the new season. For her part, Balfe revealed that it won’t take long before Claire finds herself in trouble with the local Parisians.
“Obviously, Claire’s big mouth gets her into trouble straight away,” she said. “They haven’t even gotten off the dock…when she gets into trouble. But this introduces the character of Comte St. Germain, who is played wonderfully by Stanley Weber.”
As far as Jamie is concerned, Heughan revealed that the new setting would feature different challenges for his character. In particular, Heughan explained how the political aspects of the new season are a far cry from the physical violence that was featured in Scotland in Season 1.
“We both found this world to be just about familiar but unsettling,” Heughan stated. “It’s less weapons. It’s more politics, more backstabbing and darkness. There are some pretty dangerous characters involved.”
According to the International Business Times, Jamie and Claire’s main mission this season is to prevent the Jacobite rebellion by working their way into the upper-class French society. In addition to this dangerous mission, Claire is also pregnant, which is one of the reasons behind the time jump. In travelling forward to her original time, Claire will also come face to face with her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies).
Through it all, Jamie and Claire will fight to remain together and keep their relationship strong. The consequences of their actions, however, will put their relationship to the ultimate test.
The second season of Outlander is set to air April 9 on Starz.
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