There’s nothing Outlander‘s Jamie Fraser could do that would make him seem less than perfect… right?
When the Starz fantasy drama returns this spring with a second batch of Season 1 episodes, Jamie may seem “a lot less idealistic.”
“He’s discovering his place, he’s got new responsibilities,” star Sam Heughan said Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena. “We’ll start to see the stubborn side and his pride. We’ll see the chinks in his armor.”
The next eight episodes will finish running the course of Diana Gabaldon’s first book in the Outlander series. Upon the show’s return, the first episode will be told from Jamie’s point of view, rather than Claire’s usual perspective — a change that will only be made for one installment, according to executive producer Ron Moore.
“We’re restarting the audience, so we wanted to have a lead-in for the viewers that would shift the point of view,” Moore said. “This was a moment to pivot and include him in the perspective of the audience.”
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One thing viewers won’t see in the next eight episodes is the perspective of Frank, Claire’s present-day husband. But rest assured: He’s not gone forever.
“The story does revisit Frank in the 21st century in Book Two, so in the second season you will [see him],” Moore said.
Speaking of Season 2, the cast and crew will begin filming it in Scotland this spring. Although part of the second book takes place in Paris, Moore confirmed that shooting would only occur in Scotland.
Following the success of the series’ initial eight episodes, Gabaldon said the show’s stars have surpassed all her casting expectations.”They’ve done beautifully,” she said. “They’re much, much better than I thought they would be.”
When asked if the lines are ever blurred between the actors and the characters, Gabaldon confessed: “Claire and Caitriona I can keep separate. [Sam] kind of flickers in and out for me.”
Starz on Friday released a new trailer for the upcoming episodes, as well as a fresh batch of photos, which you can view below.
The second half of Outlander Season 1 debuts Saturday, April 4.
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