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Guide to Season 4 of Starz OUTLANDER

Maj Canton - November 1, 2018






On Sunday November 4, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT, Starz premieres the fabulous fourth season of OUTLANDER, which includes 13 episodes based upon "Drums of Autumn," the fourth of the eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling "Outlander" series. Shot on location in Scotland, Season 4 continues the story of time-traveling 20th-century doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th-century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in the late 1760s colonial America. We find the Frasers in North Carolina, in a place called Fraser’s Ridge at yet another turning point in history – the cusp of the American Revolution. As Claire and Jamie build their life together in the rough and dangerous backcountry of North Carolina, they must negotiate a tenuous loyalty to the current British ruling class, despite Claire’s knowledge of the bloody rebellion to come. Along the way, the Frasers cross paths with notorious pirate and smuggler Stephen Bonnet in a fateful meeting that will come back to haunt the Fraser family. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, things heat up between Claire and Jamie’s daughter, Brianna Randall and Roger Wakefield, the historian who helped search for Jamie in the past. But as they grow closer, the young couple realize they have very different ideas about the future of their relationship. However, when Roger and Brianna search for proof that Brianna’s parents reunited in the 18th century, a shocking discovery makes them both consider following in Claire’s footsteps.

Additionally, Starz has already renewed OUTLANDER for two more seasons, taking the series through its sixth season. “Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures in Seasons 5 and 6 as we delve into American history and continue the story of the Frasers as they settle in the New World,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht. Starz will continue to partner with Sony Pictures Television on this multi-book, 24-episode pick-up for OUTLANDER Seasons 5 and 6 will each play out over 12 episodes respectively and will be based on material from the fifth book in the Outlander series, entitled "The Fiery Cross," as well as the sixth book in the series, "A Breath of Snow and Ashes."



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Character Descriptions


CLAIRE FRASER (Caitriona Balfe)

Claire is as independent and strong-willed as she’s ever been. Claire faces a host of new dangers and adventures in the New World as she strives to make a permanent home alongside Jamie in the 18th century. And being a woman out of time continues to be a hurdle for Claire, who must suppress her desire to change history, knowing it can’t be done, and focus on what is within her control -- making her corner of the world a better place. Even though her relationship with Jamie is stronger than ever, Claire can’t help but be plagued by memories and thoughts of her cherished daughter, Brianna, whom she left behind in the 20th Century.

JAMIE FRASER (Sam Heughan)

We find Jamie Fraser being seduced by the breath-taking, promise-filled and treacherous land that is Colonial America. While danger and uncertainty are not new territories for Jamie -- there is more at stake for him with Claire at his side. He’s lost her once; he wouldn’t be able to survive losing her again. Jamie does his utmost to provide a future for himself and Claire, but the search for a place to call home proves more difficult than he anticipated.  After many hardships and false-starts, Jamie manages to build a home he is proud of, becoming the successful landowner he’s always dreamed of becoming -- a role model for all pioneering men.

BRIANNA RANDALL (Sophie Skelton)

Strong-minded, stubborn, and intelligent beyond her years -- traits inherited from her mother, Claire and nurtured by the father who raised her, Frank -- Brianna embodies the 1970s American woman. It’s her independent spirit and self-sufficiency that her boyfriend, Roger Wakefield, finds compelling... and maddening. When Roger expresses his desire to spend the rest of his life with Brianna, she admits that she isn’t ready for a life-long commitment. While she knows she loves Roger, her parental role models, Frank and Claire, did not represent an ideal married couple and have left Brianna uncertain about the longevity of romantic relationships. As Brianna tries to navigate her complicated relationship with Roger, she comes across research in the 20th Century that sends her travelling back in time to the 18th Century in an effort to rescue Jamie and Claire from a grave fate.

ROGER WAKEFIELD (Richard Rankin)

Roger is Reverend Wakefield’s adorable adopted son, an intelligent, charming and proud Scot who is hopelessly in love with Brianna Randall. He has their life together all planned out -- they’ll marry and live in England, where he’ll continue working as a historian at Oxford and eventually have children and raise a family together. But Roger’s dreams are jeopardized when Brianna’s mixed feelings about long-term commitment and shared miscommunications between them threaten to derail their relationship. Roger must travel the distance -- and time -- to prove his devotion to Brianna.


John Grey is a consummate gentleman, with a strong moral compass. In spite of Grey’s aristocratic upbringing, he values people based on their character, not by how much they are worth. Now that his term as the Governor of Jamaica is behind him, a new opportunity in the Colonies brings John Grey and his adoptive son, William, into the Frasers’ orbit once again, starting a new chapter in his unique relationship with Jamie and Claire.


After being rescued by his Uncle Jamie and Auntie Claire at the end of season 3, we find Young Ian thrilled to be in the unfamiliar New World -- it holds all kinds of curiosities that he’s never encountered before. He longs for a life filled with new experiences and is inspired by the beauty and Native cultures in the New World. As Young Ian helps Jamie and Claire carve out a new life in America, he takes steps towards blazing his own trail, becoming his own man and ultimately discovers the path he’s destined to take.


Stephen Bonnet has not had an easy life; circumstances have shaped the twisted code that he lives by -- using his charisma and charm to lull others’ into dropping their defenses, allowing him to take advantage of kindness and mercy, yet never repaying it in kind. He is a remorseless opportunist who always puts his needs and desires first. As a smuggler and thief, Bonnet has managed to create quite the reputation for himself in the New World and as a result is wanted by the authorities. But when his path crosses with the Frasers, they see a man similar to Jamie and others’ like him -- someone who is being unfairly pursued by the Crown. When Bonnet manages to enlist Jamie and Claire’s help, their fates become intertwined for better and for worse.

JOCASTA CAMERON (Maria Doyle Kennedy)

When Jamie and Claire pay Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta a visit, she is over-joyed to reunite with her nephew and have kin near her again. For the past two years, she’s had the herculean task of managing her plantation, River Run on her own, after her husband Hector passed away. Jocasta takes great pride in what she and Hector built together, believing that she is a benevolent mistress. While Jocasta’s eyesight has weakened, her wit and intelligence are as sharp as ever. She possesses a cunning ability to manipulate others, subtly bending them to her will -- a MacKenzie trait that she shares with her brothers’, Dougal and Colum, who also have a history of exploiting their nephew Jamie when it suited their interests.

OLDER FERGUS (Cesar Domboy)

Fergus, Jamie’s adopted who grew up in a French brothel, has grown into a charming and devilishly handsome man. Under the influence of Jamie as a father figure, Fergus has developed a strong sense of loyalty and decorum, despite his unconventional upbringing. While he’s happily married to Jamie’s stepdaughter, Marsali, his new role as husband and father are not without their challenges. He’s no longer under Jamie’s protective wing and must provide for his family on his own, which proves to be more difficult than he anticipated. Fergus struggles to prove his worth to himself and his growing family.


Marsali is the high-spirited and outspoken daughter of Laoghaire MacKimmie Fraser, the woman Jamie married in Claire’s absence. While she shares some of her mother’s traits -- rebellious and outspoken, she differs from Laoghaire in that she’s fallen in love with a man who loves her in return -- Fergus. Their marriage is rather unconventional for their time, Marsali speaks her mind and bravely faces down the challenges that life in the New World presents, characteristics that Fergus can’t help but cherish. In season four, Marsali endeavors to make a happy life for her burgeoning family in the New World.

ULYSSES (Colin McFarlane)

Ulysses is the head of the household at Jocasta Cameron’s prosperous plantation, River Run. He handles the many details of day-to-day life at River Run with a deft hand. He’s smart, kind and capable of much more than the color of his skin affords him. Since his Mistress, Jocasta is virtually blind Ulysses acts as her eyes -- informing her of what she cannot see, both in her presence and when she is not around, keeping her apprised of everything that goes on inside of River Run’s walls. Ulysses is steadfast in his loyalty to Jocasta. The years he’s spent with her have enable him to anticipate her every move and whim. While he thoroughly knows his Mistress’s feelings and thoughts, he manages to keep his locked deep within.

PHAEDRE (Natalie Simpson)

Phaedre is the personal maid and seamstress for Jocasta Cameron. She has a kind heart and mischievous sense of humor and is a trusted member of the River Run household.


John Quincy Myers is a mountain man and a friend to Jocasta Cameron. He is easy to like and quick to help in a crisis. He’s a bearded and hairy fellow, with a great knowledge of how to survive off the land. Myers is full of stories of his travels and encounters with Native Americans and a mentor to Young Ian who is eager to learn about the New World.


An actual historical figure, Governor William Tryon is a former British officer who used his family connections to land the position of Governor of North Carolina. He’s ambitious, charming and a savvy negotiator.


A wealthy lawyer in Cross Creek who is friends with his prominent client, Jocasta.

LIZZIE WEMYSS (Caitlin O'Ryan)

A Scottish woman who is the handmaid and bondservant of Brianna Fraser, the daughter of Jamie and Claire.

GAYLE (Simona Brown)

Brianna’s best friend and college roommate.

ROLLO (McDu aka "Dewey"; Breed: Northern Inuit)

Young Ian's half-wolf, half-dog companion and devoted protector of the Frasier homestead.


If you want to know nothing about the episodes at all, skip this section. Provided by Starz, this episode guide includes general episode descriptions and specific plot details.

"America the Beautiful"
Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
We pick up Jamie and Claire in the colony of North Carolina, trying to secure passage home to bonnie Scotland. During their journey, they cross paths with the target of a manhunt, Stephen Bonnet, a charming pirate and smuggler. Bonnet, desperately needing to evade the authorities, enlists Jamie and Claire’s aid -- a decision that results in disastrous consequences. Later, Jamie and Claire attend a dinner party hosted by Wilmington’s elite where Jamie receives a generous offer from the Governor of North Carolina that captures his imagination. While Claire provides insight into the opportunities the colonies in the New World hold, she warns Jamie about the darker side of the “American Dream”.

"Do No Harm"
Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run. Claire immediately feels the pain of being a woman out of time surrounded by the oppression of slavery. Meanwhile, Jamie’s reconnection with his long lost Aunt Jocasta results in a public announcement that blindsides him and horrifies Claire. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what’s right and the law of the land, ultimately facing an impossible decision.

"The False Bride"
Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Jamie and Claire search for a place to call home with Young Ian and John Quincy Myers, a local mountain man. Meanwhile, in the 20th century, Brianna and Roger’s romance heats up and then fizzles during a road trip that winds up highlighting their differences.

"Common Ground"
Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Having been led by providence to Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian begin to build a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But unwelcoming neighbors and a bloodthirsty bear that ravages their settlement stymie their efforts. When they seek the advice of mountain man John Quincy Myers, the Frasers learn they may be dealing with a more dangerous creature than they first believed. In the 20th century, Roger and Brianna have grown apart. Roger tries to reconnect by searching for proof that her parents found each other in the past -- and what he finds shakes him to the core.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable for a family of German settlers, but she soon finds herself in the role of peacemaker when a Cherokee tribe encroaches on the superstitious immigrants’ land. When tragedy strikes her patients’ household, Claire fears retribution from both sides of the fight. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge, but find their progress hindered by a burgeoning political movement -- and a ghost from Jamie’s past. In the 20th Century, Roger travels to Inverness in search of a missing Brianna, only to make a shocking discovery.

"Blood Of My Blood"
Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected travelling companion. When Grey contracts the measles, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings about the man with her duties as a doctor. A visiting Regulator helps Claire take care of the ailing Grey and learns of Governor Tryon’s plans to thwart the Regulator movement. Meanwhile, needing to quarantine his other guest away from the measles, Jamie embarks on a hunting trip dangerously close to Cherokee land.

"Down the Rabbit Hole"
Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 8pm ET/PT
Brianna follows in her mother's footsteps and travels through the stones back in time to 18th century Scotland where she struggles to make her way to the Colonies to find her parents.


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