SPOILER WARNING: The Season 3 finale of Outlander and the fourth book of the series, Drums of Autumn, discussed below!
Outlander wrapped up its exciting third season last night with Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) landing on the shores of Georgia following a dramatic shipwreck.
While the fate of the rest of the Artemis crew is still up in the air (the ship has foundered a few miles away, but who has made it out alive? What about Fergus, Marsali, and Young Ian?), we thought we would help with the Droughtlander that's likely setting in by taking a quick look at some of the (many) characters who will be introduced next year.
Season 4 of showrunner Ron D. Moore’s time-travel series will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth novel, Drums of Autumn. Filming is currently underway in Scotland, which will stand in for 18th-century North America and feature a location beloved by fans: Fraser’s Ridge, North Carolina, where many more adventures await our favorite characters.
The fourth season will introduce two more time travelers to the series: Brianna Randall Fraser and Roger MacKenzie (we were introduced to them back in Season 2, but they will be new to the whole time-travel thing when Season 4 arrives). Although Outlander isn’t expected to return until late 2018, let's have a look at some of the new characters we’ll get to meet next season.
P.S. Gabaldon's books are so rich in characters we couldn't include them all, but here are some of the new faces Jamie and Claire are likely to meet in Season 4. So far, only two characters have been cast: Stephen Bonnet and Jocasta Cameron.
Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers)
An Irish pirate and smuggler, Bonnet was condemned to hang for piracy but managed to escape the gallows, crossing paths with Claire and Jamie, who spared his life, a decision the Frasers end up regretting for years to come. Bonnet at first "repays" their kindness by stealing their gemstones and Claire’s gold wedding ring. The character will also cross paths with Brianna and Roger, and will be replacing Black Jack Randall as one of the most despicable characters of the Outlander book series.
Jocasta Cameron (Maria Doyle Kennedy)
Jamie’s aunt, Jocasta is the younger sister of Colum, Dougal, and Ellen MacKenzie. By the time we meet her for the first time, Jocasta has already been widowed three times. Jocasta is a strong-willed woman who runs River Run, a large plantation in North Carolina even though she is now blind. She meets her nephew Jamie, Claire, and her great-nephew Young Ian in the summer of 1767, when they arrive at River Run.
One of the men who were imprisoned with Jamie at Ardsmuir, the character was introduced in the third book of the series, Voyager. After the men were sold as indentured servants in America, Jamie found Duncan living in poverty in Edinburgh, since he could no longer make a living after he lost an arm. Thing is, Duncan has never been introduced in the series, and it's likely he never will be. Instead, it is widely believed Duncan will be replaced by the still-very-much-alive Murtagh Fraser (who died at Culloden in the books, but not on the series), who was also at Ardsmuir with Jamie, and well on his way to losing an arm (thanks to a nasty infection). The last we saw of Murtagh he was leaving Ardsmuir with the rest of the prisoners to be sold as an indentured servant in America.
William Buccleigh MacKenzie
The illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan (remember, Geillis was pregnant in Season 1, and she mentioned giving up her child in last night's finale), William first meets his descendant (unbeknownst to him), Roger MacKenzie, on a ship bound for America (and captained by one Stephen Bonnet) called the Gloriana, in 1769. Quick to anger and jealousy, let’s just say William and Roger’s meetings will ultimately lead to a dramatic chain of events. He is married to Morag, who is also a direct ancestor of Roger's.
John Quincy Myers
A mountain man who befriends Claire and Jamie, and later helps them in a moment of crisis -- the colorful character asks for Claire's medical opinion about what turns out to be an inguinal hernia. This later leads to a memorable scene a few weeks later when a very drunk Myers asks Claire to operate on him during a dinner party, with a riveted audience in tow.
A frail, teenage girl, Lizzie becomes an indentured servant to Brianna in 1769 and sails with her to America. During the sea voyage, she contracts malaria, an illness she would regularly suffer from. Lizzie later mistakenly believes Roger MacKenzie raped Brianna, and warns Jamie and Young Ian that Roger forced himself on Bree, then learns that Roger is on his way to Fraser's Ridge, which leads to another series of unfortunate events for Roger.
Lizzie’s father, who was a failed shopkeeper in Inverness. Joseph sold his daughter to Brianna, in fear that Lizzie would instead be sold to a man who would make her his mistress. He is later reunited with his daughter in North Carolina, and the two go on to live on Fraser’s Ridge.
A female shaman from the Tuscarora people from the village of Anna Ooka, who is the grandmother of Nacognaweto. She befriends Claire and prophesies that Claire will reach her “full power” when her hair has turned fully white.
The village chief of the Tuscarora people from the Amerindian village of Anna Ooka and Nayawenne’s grandson who, along with his sons, meets and befriends Jamie and Claire after Jamie kills a massive black bear they'd been tracking. Which earns Jamie the name of Bear Killer.
Jocasta’s butler, who was born a free man named Joseph, then sold as a slave to a traveling schoolmaster who gave him the name Ulysses and taught him to read and write French, English, Greek, and Latin. When the schoolmaster died, Ulysses was bought by Jocasta’s late husband, Hector Cameron, who valued the man’s learning and taught him to play chess and the harpsichord and to serve his wife, Jocasta.
Jocasta’s maid and body slave, who has a potentially explosive family secret.
The patriarch of a large German Lutheran family living close to Fraser’s Ridge, who later blames the Indians for an epidemic of measles that leads to the death of his daughter-in-law and grandchild. Believing they had placed a hex upon his house, he goes on a rampage, killing Indians and scalping them.
Wakyo'teyehsnonhsa, “Works With Her Hands,” aka Emily.
A Mohawk girl with whom Young Ian falls in love, and who becomes his first “wife.”
A young, wealthy American plantation owner and dandy who pursues Claire and moves in high circles among the area's high society.
Jocasta’s lawyer from Cross Creek, who proposes marriage to a very pregnant Brianna. His suit is rejected (Brianna accepts to marry Lord John Grey instead, but only for show), and this, along with some quarrels with her father, Jamie, ultimately leads to Forbes’ hostility toward the Frasers.
Young Ian's dog, a gigantic cross-wolf breed who was won in a game of dice by Ian while they were in Charleston. The large dog is Young Ian's most faithful companion and accompanies him everywhere, fiercely protecting his master.
Notable mentions: The White Sow and Clarence
The White Sow is a fearsome and stubborn pig that lives on and is the terror of Fraser’s Ridge. Clarence is Jamie's very sociable mule, who likes to greet people vera loudly.
There you have it. Let us know if you have any casting suggestions; and if some of your favorite Drums of Autumn characters haven't made the list above, feel free to include them in the comments below.