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Starz Sets 'Outlander' Season 2 Premiere Date — See the French-Inspired Key Art
The end is in sight for the "Droughtlander."
Starz has set the premiere of Outlander season two for Saturday, April 9 at 9 p.m. The sophomore run, based on author Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book Dragonfly in Amber, will be 13 episodes long.
The network has also released the season two key art featuring Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) looking clean cut and regal on the steps of Versailles. Since the new episodes are set in a new location — 1700s France instead of the Highlands of Scotland — the couple's new look is fitting as they intend to infiltrate the French aristocracy and rewrite history to try and save Scottish culture.
Season two begins with Claire and Jamie's arrival in France to join the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, but with the mission of stopping the disastrous battle of Culloden before it happens. 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.
New additions to the cast of Outlander for season two include Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin. Skelton has landed the role of Jamie and Claire's adult daughter. Brianna is described in the books as a striking, redheaded woman, strong-minded and intelligent beyond her years with traits inherited from both her mother and father. Brianna has a distinctly scholastic mindset and a healthy dose of Fraser stubbornness. Rankin will play Roger Wakefield, the adult version of Reverend Wakefield's son whom viewers met in season one. Roger has important connections to Brianna.
Outlander is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Jim Kohlberg, Andy Harries, Maril Davis, Ira Steven Behr, Toni Graphia and Anne Kenney.