Here’s the sad news: another Droughtlander is here, as new episodes of the sexy time-travel series aren’t set to premiere until 2016. The good news: with an appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday, creator and showrunner Ronald D. Moore and his cast are likely to spill some Outlander details to tide fans over till then. To get you ready for the panel, here’s a refresher on where the Scotland-set drama left off.
Where we left off: The final two episodes of Outlander’s first season featured one of the most emotional storylines to play on television screens last spring: “Black” Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) raped poor Jamie (Sam Heughan). The dark scenes featured in “Wentworth Prison” — where audiences saw Jamie narrowly escape hanging, only to have his hand battered with a hammer and later skewered with an iron nail, and subsequently raped — rolled into the season finale, when Randall emotionally manipulated Jamie to the point of arousing him sexually and physically branded him as his possession. While “To Ransom A Man’s Soul” featured several flashbacks that revealed the extent of Jamie’s torture at the hands of Randall, the season one finale focused on Jamie emotional trauma, and tracked Claire (Caitriona Balfe)’s efforts to help her lover recover from the rape.
Despite the grim storyline that gripped the back half of season one, the show ended on an upbeat note as Claire and her Highlander hubby set sail for Paris. While aboard the Cristabel, we learned that Jamie plans to help run his cousin’s wine business and that the pair will try to prevent the Jacobite rebellion from ever happening. And oh, Claire made a major announcement: She’s pregnant!
What we know about season two: Because the upcoming season is set in Paris, Outlander will have a dramatically new look. “Everything about Paris is so completely different, especially the costumes because you’re dealing with a world — the aristocratic world is the circle Jamie and Claire basically operate in while they’re in that part of the story,” Moore previously told EW. Moore also hinted that Outlander’s second season won’t be entirely faithful to Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in author Diana Gabbadon’s best selling series. “I think there’s more adaptation,” says Moore. “It’s not going to be a literal adaptation because I don’t think that’s possible with the second book.”
But there’ll be plenty that book fans can look forward to in season two, especially by way of seeing their favorite characters brought to life: actor Andrew Gower (Being Human) will play Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Margaux Chatalier has been tapped for the role of Annalise de Marillac, Jamie’s former love interest. (Can’t wait to see what Claire thinks of her!) Other noteworthy cast additions include Rosie Day as Englishwoman Mary Hawkins, Robert Cavanah as Jamie’s cousin, wine importer Jared Fraser, Stanley Weber in the role of Le Comte St. Germain, and actor Dominique Piñon, who will play Master Raymond. And in a final bit of casting news, Outlander has tapped French actor Romann Berrux for the role of Fergus, an orphaned 10-year-old whom Jamie and Claire take in as a servant.
Comic-Con burning questions: How much time travel will be featured in season two? And much will we see of Black Jack, if at all? Plus, there are some pretty big characters from Dragonfly in Amber that haven’t been cast yet, which leaves us wondering if we’ll even see them. Lastly, how does Moore plan to top last season’s steamy sex scenes? Like we said, burning questions …
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