SPOILERS FOR THE SHOW AND FOR DIANA GABALDON'S NOVEL DRAGONFLY IN AMBER (AND MORE) BELOW
Yesterday, the final piece of the casting puzzle fell into place when Starz announced that relative newcomer Sophie Skelton had won the key role of Brianna Randall Fraser MacKenzie in the second season of its time-traveling drama Outlander. Fans have been waiting to see who would be playing Jamie and Claire’s strong-willed daughter ever since the show premiered on Starz back in 2014. Even after mid-December, when Richard Rankin was cast as her future husband Roger Wakefield MacKenzie (Sam Heughan will face stiff competition in the hunk department this year, I tell ya), it took more than a month and a half until we finally got our
Scarlett O'Hara Claire Randall Brianna.
When Season 2 begins, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) arrive in France hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower), aka Bonnie Prince Charlie. Helped by Jared Fraser (Robert Cavanah), a prosperous wine merchant and Jamie's cousin, our power couple will be thrown into the lavish world of French society and the Court at Versailles, where there will be plenty of intrigue! and lots of parties! and awesome costumes! but political gain is hard to come by. Armed with Claire’s knowledge of the future and the events leading up to the dramatic Battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, Claire and Jamie are in a race to stop the doomed Highland uprising and the end of Scottish life as they know it.
Trying to alter the course of history ain’t an easy thing to do (just ask the Doctor). The endeavor soon weighs heavily on Jamie and a pregnant Claire. But when Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) returns very much alive and kicking, after seemingly being trampled to death by Highland cows during Jamie's dramatic rescue from Fort William, it strains Jamie's relationship with Claire to the limit.
Below is a list of the new main characters who will appear in the upcoming Season 2. Other actors who've been cast but are not included are Marc Duret in the role of Monsieur Joseph Duverney, the Minister of Finance to Louis XV and Jamie's chess partner; Michèle Belgrand-Hodgso as Madame Elise, the owner of the brothel where Jamie, armed with a verra large sausage (I'm not making this up), finds the young pickpocket Fergus; Audrey Brisson as Sister Angelique; and Gaia Weiss (Vikings) in the undisclosed role of a French aristocrat.
Season 2 of Outlander will feature even more sex and time-travel drama, as well the return of season 1 fan-favorite (and not-so-fan-favorite) characters. I’ve also included a gallery of pics (via Far Far Away Site) below, as well as a sneak-peek video of the new season. Outlander season 2, which is based on Diana Gabaldon's second novel in her Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, is set to premiere in April after the third season of Black Sails wraps.