— Outlander (@Outlander_Starz) December 1, 2015
Based on Diana Gabaldon's novel of the same name, Starz's Outlander has been part of the push by the network to compete with other premium cable outlets like HBO. Shortly following the premiere of the first episode, which received favorable reviews, the network renewed Outlander for a second season. The first season followed Gabaldon’s story of a WWII combat nurse living in 1945 who is sent back to 1743 Scotland.
The first season ended with the stars, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), escaping English forces in Scotland and heading to France. Now, the first teaser for Outlander season 2 reveals what the couple's life will be like in 18th century France, as well as a glimpse of the politics they will become embroiled in while in the country.
Released on Twitter, the 45-second trailer (above) teases the conflict of the second season surrounding the throne of England in the mid-1700s. Specifically, the Frasers are attempting to thwart the Jacobite Rebellion, which Claire knows to have been unsuccessful because of her knowledge of the future and study of history. Like season 1, the season 2 teaser trailer features a mix of action and dramatic moments, as well as romantic scenes between the two leads.
Outlander creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore returned for season 2, which will be based on the second novel in Gabaldon's series, "Dragonfly in Amber". The book takes place both in the 1740s and the 1960s, with the part set in the 18th century also split between France and Scotland. However, it seems that season 2 of Outlander will focus on the Frasers' time in Paris attempting to prevent Charles Stuart from leading the Scottish clansmen into the Jacobite Rebellion - and their own slaughter. According to Moore's previous comments, it will have a "whole different tone" than season 1 due to the new setting.
Despite the interesting historical associations, though, Outlander season 1 received so much critical and fan praise because of its dramatic merits - and by capturing much of the spirit of Gabaldon's original novel, which has a large and devoted fan following. Of course, fans weren't pleased by all the changes made in season 1 from the Outlander novel and it's unclear how much season 2 will divert from its source material. For instance, it hasn't been revealed how much, if any, of the 1960s section of the book will appear in season 2.
That being said, Outlander has already established itself as a TV show that can be compelling to casual viewers with no knowledge of the book series. Although fans will certainly enjoy seeing moments and characters from the novels come to life, Moore has made it clear that the Starz series must work on its own first and foremost. If the teaser for season 2 is any indication, Outlander will again be successful in adapting Gabaldon's work while also crafting a compelling time travel/historical drama surrounding the characters of Jamie and Claire.
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Outlander returns for season 2 in the spring of 2016 on Starz.