Everything We Know About ‘Outlander’ Season 4 So Far

 

As you know, we have a term called ‘Droughtlander’—I think two days [after season three ended] people started agonizing when the new season was coming,” executive producer Matthew B. Roberts told me and a group of journalists during a visit to the Outlander set earlier this year. “People want it, which is great, and the more they want it, the more we want to deliver bigger and, I guess, better episodes.”

In other words, Droughtlander is a necessary evil if fans want the high quality (and highly entertaining) show they’re accustomed to. And after visiting the studios in Glasgow, Scotland, I can tell you this: It’ll be worth the wait once the series returns on Sunday, November 4.

Season four ups the ante as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) forge a new life in colonial North Carolina. Naturally, this adventure comes with a lineup of new characters, stunning scenery, and, yes, sexy times. Here’s a spoiler-free breakdown of everything I know—so far—about the new season of Outlander.

There will be a lot more of Brianna and Roger.

Last season Claire went back through the stones to reunite with Jamie, but her decision came with a sacrifice: She left their daughter, Brianna, behind in 1960s Boston. Season four will show Brianna dealing with her mother’s absence—and turning to family friend Roger for help.

“She’s essentially become an orphan,” Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, explains. “She went from having two parents, to one, to three, and now she’s left with nothing. She doesn’t know where Claire is, if she’s OK, if she found Jamie, if she even went to the right time period. Roger is the one person who can understand that, so it brings them a lot closer.”

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PHOTO: AIMEE SPINKS

Richard Rankin, who plays Roger, says this will reveal a side of the good-natured Scot we haven’t seen yet. “He’s still the historian he was, but different events unfold for him,” he explains. “A lot of them orientated around Brianna, a lot of them not. Which is nice because you haven’t really seen Roger without Brianna, or at least thinking about her, or pining after her, or just generally being madly in love with her. Season four is a completely different beast for Roger, for all of the characters. The scope of the story really opens up. It becomes a much grander, much bigger adventure. I think the stakes are high.”

You’ll also see Jamie finding new ways to connect to Brianna.

Of course Claire misses her daughter, but this season will also go deeper into Jamie’s feelings about Brianna. “When we started the season, I really wanted it to be a love letter to Brianna,” Heughan says.

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PHOTO: AIMEE SPINKS

“The only way he can get close to her is by almost forging this country into a sort of safe place for her, that when she grows up, it’s a good place to be. He’s sort of planting the seeds of America. He’s one of the first forefathers of America, and he’s doing it for her. And that’s nice, that he has that connection.”

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