Season two of British time-traveling love story available today as early preview on Starz app and online, cable premiere on April 9th
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 4/7/2016 – “I’ve been very surprised by season two,” says Outlander star Sam Heughan. “Season one was about discovery and about a young man sort of growing up and finding his place in the world and in a relationship. Season two has been about discovering a side of the character that I didn’t know was there, that he’s playing someone else. He’s being quite deceptive. He’s learning to be deceitful, and he does it very well. Jamie is very capable and good at most things. But there’s a side to him that I didn’t know, and also, he’s still obviously traumatized or struggling with what happened to him. So there’s not a darkness, but there’s a side to him that I didn’t know existed.”
The first season finale had Claire and Jamie leaving Scotland for Paris after the horrors that Captain Black Jack Randall inflicted on Jamie. Jamie is still trying to come to terms with what happened, but he has a cause that helps him focus outward. In France life is lavish, but they are there to try to change the course of history. As spies for the Jacobite rebellion, can they prevent a Highland uprising?
“Obviously we go to Paris on this mission, and we’re there for a reason,” says Heughan. “But Jamie’s definitely still affected by the trauma. I think time is a great healer, but ultimately, he puts his whole body and soul into this mission about changing history, and then there is a great revelation that kind of cures him or brings him out of himself, which I can’t really tell you what that is, but it certainly brings back the old Jamie.”
“I would say that the danger in Paris and Versailles is less physical with the swords and weaponry, says Heughan. “It’s more politics and backstabbing and poison. It’s more hidden. There’s a lot more politics at work and a lot more danger, so it’s a different kind of world. But we certainly do go back to Scotland where we go back to the mud and blood and gore. So there’s something for everyone.”
The show production is lush and the costumes are exquisite. Based on Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly In Amber, the second book in her bestselling Outlander novel series. The 13-episode series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore.