“Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. 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.” (official synopsis via Den of Geek)
Oh Claire and Jamie we have been too long without you!
One of the great pleasures of my week way back in the dimly-remembered later months of 2014 and the early ones of 2015 was watching Outlander, the adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s series of much-loved books.
Every episode without exception was lavishly and beautifully brought to life on the small screen, with everything from crisp, intelligent and thoughtful writing, well-rounded characters, superb acting and gorgeous cinematography all testament to the great care taken to give the books visual form.
So perfectly-realised was the world of Claire and Jamie, and so richly and wonderfully told, that you almost had to remind yourself none of it was actually real.
It felt like you could have stepped into the screen, just like Claire stepped through the stones at Craigh na Dun and found herself centuries out of her time, in peril and then in love.
But real though this world seemed, like every TV show it had to pause to film more episodes and so we’ve had to wait an ridiculously long period of time to spend more time with the lovers who have grand plans to change the course of Scotland’s history.
No minimal interaction with the existing timeline for them!
Quite what they manage to achieve and how successful they are in changing the future will become clear when Outlander returns with season 2 in March/April 2016.