One of the many things that we were complimentary of “Outlander” for throughout their first season of the show was the ability of Starz / the show’s producers to continually find ways to present something to keep audiences excited. Sometimes, it was an interview in a publication, or on other occasions it would be a fun video featuring stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan from the set. The network was very much aware of the pain potentially caused by the onset of Droughtlander, and they seemed intent to do whatever they could in order to offer various remedies.
Now, we are in the midst of yet another massive drought between seasons, and we are seeing something relatively similar. At the bottom of this article, you can see some first-look official images of Balfe and Heughan as Claire and Jamie Fraser (via Entertainment Weekly) as a part of the second season. As you recall, the two characters departed Scotland for France in the closing minutes of “To Ransom a Man’s Soul,” and they are looking to discover a new life for themselves in another place where Jamie already has some ties. Both of the characters already are starting to become immersed in the local fashion, and they will have to grow accustomed to being in a place that is much more urbanized, and the pen may actually be at times a mightier weapon than the sword. This is a very political realm, filled with secrets and a wide array of intrigue.
To go along with these photos, the publication also published an interview with showrunner Ron D. Moore. We’re not going to get into all of it here, but Moore does set up the story of the second season effectively with the following:
“The story of Jamie and Claire in the 18th century pretty much starts with their arrival in France. The big story point picks up from where we left season 1, which is Claire and Jamie deciding to attempt to change history by stopping the Jacobite rebellion and changing history so as to prevent the slaughter on Culloden Moor and the destruction of the Highland culture after it. That’s the major plot going into the season.”
Filming has been underway on season 2 for some time, and Moore says that there will be three separate locations used in the weeks and months ahead: Scotland, Prague (which will be the setting for many of the Parisian street scenes), and then also the South of England. In terms of an adaptation, Moore said that translated Dragonfly in Amber over to the small screen will be even more of a challenge than the first book, thanks largely to all of the different characters, shifts in points of view, and the major political and social events going on in France at the time.
We’ll have more news throughout this latest Droughtlander in the months ahead (we recently posted some new casting scoop). The show should premiere on Starz at some point in 2016.
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