Let the Droughtlander begin, sassenachs! Season 3 of Outlander wrapped on Sunday, and we’re all a little sad because we won’t get to see Claire and Jamie again until 2018. While we’re recovering from this season’s dramatic finale, let’s take a look at what we already know about Outlander season 4 below, including the premiere date, new cast members, and more!
1. Outlander will return next fall with 13 episodes.
Work on season 4 began while the cast and crew were still filming season 3, but we will still have to wait until at least September 2018 for the new season. Season 4 is an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series.
2. Goodbye, Scotland. Hello, American colonies!
In Drums of Autumn, Jamie, Claire and Jamie’s nephew, Young Ian, set out to find a new home in the North Carolina colony. But before everyone in the Tar Heel state gets too excited, the show sadly won’t be filmed in the US. The North Carolina backdrop will reportedly be filmed in Eastern Europe.
3. We will see Brianna and Roger again in season 4.
Claire had to leave her daughter behind in the 20th century to return to Jamie in the 18th century, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing Brianna again! Bree (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) will be back in season 4. We’ll see the couple in both Boston and Inverness, Scotland.
4. A new villain will thwart our star-crossed lovers.
Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) will play the Irish pirate and smuggler, Stephen Bonnet. Jamie and Claire will cross paths with him several times along their journey.
Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black, Downton Abbey) will play the strong-willed, independent younger sister of Jamie’s mother. Co-executive producer Maril Davis says that season 4 is “all about Jocasta.”
6. There will be an adorable new cast member — Rollo, the dog!
Two Northern Inuit puppies are training to play Young Ian’s wolf-hybrid canine companion in season 4, and they’re so cute! Gabaldon saw the pups and commented, “They look cute, but tough. They should be just right to play Rollo when the time comes.”
7. Expect some major changes from Drums of Autumn.
According to executive producer Ronald D. Moore, fans should expect some changes from Drums of Autumn. “We embroidered certain storylines in different ways,” he says. “We’ve probably re-sequenced the order of certain events in that book, changed some storylines here and there.” He also told Deadline that he feels “pretty confident” we’ll be hearing news about season 5 soon!
“Over the last three seasons, Jamie and Claire didn’t know where they are going to live,” executive producer Matthew B. Roberts told Entertainment Weekly. “They never plant their feet. Now they’re getting to that place that they can call home. But the meaning of home is different for people. That’s what we will dig into in season 4.”
9. That season 4 teaser gave us feelings.
On Sunday, Starz gave us a lovely 20-second clip of Claire and Jamie as a preview of what is to come in season 4. “There will be lots of different people here who will be hoping to live the American dream,” Claire says. “Is that the same as our dream?” Jamie asks. “I suppose it is,” she answers. Swoon! 2018 can’t come soon enough for us!
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