Season 2 of Starz’s “Outlander,” which premieres Saturday, April 9, will see Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) setting sail to France to stop the Jacobite rebellion.
The show has left behind lush highlands and moors for the glitz and glamour of Parisian society, and Jamie and Claire will have to bring in small changes into their lifestyle to gel with the Parisian crowd. Although the duo bonds on a different level, the aftermath of Jamie’s rape and emotional assault will linger in their lives and affect their intimacy. Jamie doesn’t know how to deal with the trauma of him being brutally raped by Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), and Claire will have to put her pregnancy aside to help her husband.
“You don’t get over something like that right away,” Heughan explained to TV Insider. “Jamie can physically deal with the scarring, the whippings, the wounds. But mentally, no. He’s not talking about it. Instead, he’s busying himself with the mission of the day — and getting drunk. This breaks him and Claire apart.”
It is not immediately known if Black Jack Randall is dead. The last we saw of the character was him being stampeded by the herd of cattle that Balfe’s Claire directed toward the prison. “It’s important to remember that Black Jack lives in this relationship whether or not he’s alive in life,” Balfe told IndieWire. “He’s very much present; he’s continuing to poison what they have, their intimacy.”
Elsewhere in the season, we will see Claire going back to the 1940s and meeting her husband Frank, also played by Tobias Menzies. Fans will also see a grown-up Roger Wakefield interacting with Claire’s daughter Brianna.
“Outlander” Season 2 premieres on Starz Saturday, April 9, at 9 p.m. EDT. The first episode was released through The Starz app and its website Thursday. Season 2 of “Outlander” follows Diana Gabaldon’s novel “Dragonfly in Amber.”