Outlander Season 2 Episode Guide, News, and More

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7/11/2016 at 9:25AM

Stay up-to-date with all of the Outlander Season 2 happenings with our complete episode guide, the latest news, and episode reviews.

Outlander season 2 is here! The 13-episode second season, based on Diana Gabaldon's novel Dragonfly in Amber, launched on April 9th. Here's all the latest news from the Starz drama, including trailers, gorgeous character portraits, and news on the seemingly infinite number of season 2 cast members...

Outlander Season 2 Latest News

That's a wrap on the wonderful Outlander season 2, folks! We will most likely have to wait until the spring for Outlander season 3, but — rest assured — we will be getting it. The time travel romance has already been renewed for a third and fourth season. Huzzah! Unfortunately, Outlander will not be at San Diego Comic Con this year, but be sure to check back at our Outlander season 3 news hub for all the latest details about the upcoming season.

Outlander Season 2 Premiere Date

Outlander season 2 kicked off on April 9th at 9:00 p.m. on Starz. Wondering if you should give it a try? Here's our spoiler-free review of the first few episodes of the season.

Outlander Season 2 Story

Outlander season 2 is based on the second book in Diana Gabaldon's best-selling Outlander book series: Dragonfly in Amber. Here's the official synopsis for season 2:

"Season Two of Outlander begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden.  With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful.  Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship.  However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it."

Outlander Season 2 Episodes

Outlander Season 2, Episode 1: Through A Glass, Darkly

Returning to her own time in the 20th century, Claire must reconcile her future with the life and love she left behind. Shifting back to 18th century, Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh arrive on the shores of France to turn the tides of history, but quickly learn that Paris presents its own unique set of challenges.

Original airdate: 4/9/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 2: Not in Scotland Anymore

Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham’s presence brings complications.

Original airdate: 4/16/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 3: Useful Occupations and Deceptions

Jamie’s days and nights are dominated by political machinations, while Claire finds solace in her healing skills. As their plan to stop Culloden progresses, including engaging the aid of a young pickpocket, the past threatens to derail their forward momentum.

Original airdate: 4/23/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 4: La Dame Blanche

Claire and Jamie throw an elaborate dinner party intended to derail investors in Prince Charles’ war effort. Meanwhile, Claire’s revelation that Jack Randall is alive sparks Jamie in an unexpected way as he and Claire struggle to regain their physical intimacy.

Original airdate: 4/30/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 5: Untimely Resurrection

Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited; however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.

Original airdate: 5/7/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 6: Best Laid Schemes...

Claire’s medical knowledge is used to devise a plan to halt a deal that would fill the war chest, but she learns Jamie has reneged on his word, and that leads to problems for both of them.

Original airdate: 5/14/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 7: Faith

Claire is brought to L’Hopital Des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practicing the dark arts – one an enemy, one a friend.

Original airdate: 5/21/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 8: The Fox's Lair

Claire and Jamie attempt to elicit support from Jamie's grandsire, Lord Lovat; Colum MacKenzie arrives with plans of his own; Lord Lovat makes moves to advance his own interests.

Original airdate: 5/28/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 9: Je Suis Prest

Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire's personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.

Original airdate: 6/4/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 10: Prestonpans

Trusting in Claire’s knowledge of 'history,' Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston.  Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.

Original airdate: 6/11/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 11: Vengeance is Mine

Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London.  A band of redcoats makes trouble for the Scots, leading to a most unexpected reunion for Claire.

Original airdate: 6/18/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 12: The Hail Mary

As Jamie puts all of his efforts into turning the Jacobite army away from the impending slaughter at Culloden Moor, Claire attempts to comfort the sick Alex Randall. She is stunned when Alex reveals an outrageous plan to save the mother of his child.

Original airdate: 6/25/16

Outlander Season 2, Episode 13: Dragonfly in Amber

Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her twenty-year-old daughter, Brianna, and meets Roger Wakefield. Claire visits Lallybroch and Culloden Moor to make peace with the past, while Brianna and Roger bond over researching Randall family history. Claire finally reveals the truth to Brianna about her time travel through the stones, her life in 1700’s Scotland, and Brianna’s true parentage.

The story is intercut with another one back in the 18th century, which happens on the day of the Battle of Culloden. When Jamie’s last ditch attempts to deter The Prince fail, he and Claire come up with a dangerous plan – which Dougal overhears, inciting him to a murderous rage. Jamie must do everything he can to save the ones he loves, even if it means saying goodbye to some — or all — of them. 

Original airdate: 7/2/16

Outlander Season 2 Finale

Starz just announced that the Outlander season 2 finale will be 90 minutes long and will feature the introduction of fan-favorite characters Brianna and Roger Wakefield. (Well, technically, they have already been introduced as children on the show, but now we'll be seeing them all grown up.)

Starz also released an official synopsis for the extra long season finale. Here's the synopsis for "Dragonfly in the Amber":

Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her twenty-year-old daughter, Brianna, and meets Roger Wakefield. Claire visits Lallybroch and Culloden Moor to make peace with the past, while Brianna and Roger bond over researching Randall family history. Claire finally reveals the truth to Brianna about her time travel through the stones, her life in 1700’s Scotland, and Brianna’s true parentage.

The story is intercut with another one back in the 18th century, which happens on the day of the Battle of Culloden. When Jamie’s last ditch attempts to deter The Prince fail, he and Claire come up with a dangerous plan – which Dougal overhears, inciting him to a murderous rage. Jamie must do everything he can to save the ones he loves, even if it means saying goodbye to some — or all — of them. 

Starz will also be hosting an Outlander season 2 marathon starting at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 2nd. That will give you an entire week to revel in the tragic romance that is Claire Fraser's time traveling existence before watching the epic 90-minute season finale a week later on July 9th.

Outlander Season 2 Trailer

Check out the first footage from Outlander season 2. This first trailer focuses on Claire and Jamie's mission in France to change the course of history by stopping the Jacobite rebellion and, you know, saving Highlander culture forever. #AchievableGoals

Starz also released this featurette, showing a bit more footage and giving us some insight from showrunner Ronald D. Moore on the historical context of Claire and Jaime's history-changing plan, the visual change as Outlander travels to opulent Paris, and the tensions in Jamie and Claire's relationship in season 2...

The last trailer released before the season 2 premiere stays tighter on Claire's own time-traveling journey, beginning with Murtagh trying to wrap his brain around Claire's jump through time and ending with the tease that Claire will travel back to the mid-20th century — and to Frank — before the season is over...

Here is a season 2 promo specifically focused on the character arc of Jamie Fraser...

Outlander Season 2 Cast

Starz released gorgeous official character portraits for the major players in Outlander season 2. There are 13 in all, with the following characters from season 1 getting their very own portraits: Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies), Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix), Dougall MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), Angus Mhor (Stephen Walters), and Rupert MacKenzie (Grant O'Rourke).

There are also some new characters amongst the portraits, including: Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne), Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower), Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser), and Le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber). You might want to pay particularly close attention to Le Comte St. Germain, as he will be playing season 2's villain.

What can we learn from the Outlander key art Starz just released for season 2? Well, it certainly sells the opulence of the upcoming season. We are no longer in the rough, dirty hills and castles of the Scottish countryside. Instead, we have a new "etiquette of war," set in the opulence of Parisian court — and Claire and Jamie are more invested in the game than ever...

As you can see in the image above, our two stars are the only characters staring at the camera — and the rest of the French court characters we'll be meeting in season 2 are too busy looking at one another to be rightly suspicious that the Frasers are up to something. The only character who understands Claire and Jamie's true importance — and power — is Murtagh Fraser, who we see in one of the trailers (available below) working through all of the years time-traveling Claire has lived through.

In addition to the characters featured in the above character portraits, Outlander has added quite a few new, important faces to its cast...

French actor Dominique Piñon is joining the cast of Outlander for season two. His character is the "mysterious Master Raymond." Via TVLine, the character is a “healer with a great deal of knowledge regarding secret matters, both political and occult,” who will develop a bond with Claire. The actor is best known for his role in Alien: Resurrection.

Richard Rankin will play Roger Wakefield, the adopted son of the Reverend Wakefield, who was seen only briefly last season but who may become increasingly important if the source material is any indication.

Finally, we have the addition of Sophie Skelton in the role of fan-favorite Brianna. Brianna is Claire and Jamie's daughter, a character who has her own time-traveling adventures (if the TV show follows the plot of the books, that is). Talking to Zap2it about the casting of the role, showrunner Ronald D. Moore said about Brianna: “You will get to see her [but] not until we get back to the 1968 story, which won’t be for a while — towards the end of the season."

Outlander season 2 officially finished filming in mid-April. Series star Sam Heughan tweeted an image of he and co-star Caitriona Balfe from the last day of filming, captioning it: "Mud… Wind… Must be Outlander S2!? Had no idea where I was after Aus, Japan, LA/NYC. Last DAY official!!"