New beginnings

To France! Cross-time ro­mance Out­lander heads be­yond Scot­land’s shores…

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Part pe­riod piece, part time travel drama and part ro­man­tic char­ac­ter study, Out­lander might be im­pos­si­ble to pi­geon­hole, but it’s a genre hit. With Ron­ald D Moore re­turn­ing as showrun­ner, sea­son two adapts nov­el­ist Diana Ga­bal­don’s sec­ond Out­lander novel, Drag­on­fly In Am­ber. “The sec­ond book is more com­plex and more dif­fi­cult to adapt so we’ve had to make more changes as a re­sult,” Moore says of how he’s stray­ing from the page. “We al­ways try to get back to where the book was even if we can’t do a scene or we change a scene. But it’s a big­ger, richer thing to try and wran­gle into one-hour episodes.”

Set pri­mar­ily in France, sea­son two sees Claire and Jamie try­ing to change history by pre­vent­ing the Bat­tle of Cul­lo­den. “The mood is dif­fer­ent,” Moore says of the over­all tone this year. “They are walk­ing around with the French aris­toc­racy, who are com­pletely dif­fer­ent peo­ple than the Scots. This is the most so­phis­ti­cated and pop­u­lated city in the world, in this era, and way be­fore the French Revo­lu­tion. It’s French so­ci­ety at its zenith be­fore it all starts to come apart and that has noth­ing to do with Cas­tle Leoch or the clans. It’s very much a fish out of wa­ter story in a lot of ways and just a dif­fer­ent show.”

Moore also teases that a time jump in the books will shape the se­ries nar­ra­tive too. “How we do it and when and where is some of the fun,” he teases. “I like [the book read­ers] to have a se­ries of dis­cov­er­ies and not sit there and go ‘I know ex­actly what is go­ing to hap­pen next.’ It’s good to sur­prise them, and some­times scare them when they think some­thing is miss­ing, but...” he smiles, “it’s not.”

Out­lander sea­son two airs in 2016 on Starz (US) and Ama­zon Prime In­stant Video (UK).

Seems that just jour­ney­ing through time isn’t enough for Claire Fraser.

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