Starz has unveiled the first footage from Season 4 of Ron D. Moore’s Outlander following Sunday's marathon screening of the third season of the time-travel series. Running at over two minutes long, the clip once again puts Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in a perilous situation.
SPOILER WARNING: Plot points from Diana Gabaldon’s Drums of Autumn follow, so you may want to skip the text and go straight to the video if you want to remain spoiler-free.
Plucked directly from the pages of Gabaldon’s fourth novel in her Outlander book series (on which Season 4 is based), this scene takes place in America, where Jamie and Claire have landed following the Season 3 finale shipwreck. The clip sees our intrepid couple driving a wagon at night when they come across a group of redcoats (there’s really no escaping them, even in the New World), who stop them to search the wagon.
Jamie says they are carrying some goods and the body of one of his countrymen who was hanged earlier that day, and they are taking him for proper burial with his kinsmen. Being thorough and to make sure the dead body is indeed dead as a doornail, one of the red coats jabs his bayonet in the dead man’s leg and, seeing no reaction, our couple is cleared to go on its merry way.
Now, what the redcoats don’t know, and what book readers will be aware of, is that the "dead man" at the back of the wagon is very much alive and we're being introduced to him offscreen (at least in that particular scene). The man is actually one Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), an Irish pirate and smuggler who was condemned to hang but managed to escape. A worthy successor of Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) in the truly despicable villains’ department, Bonnet will make life miserable for the Frasers for years to come.
What did you think of our first look at the fourth season of Outlander? Did the scene help alleviate your Droughtlander feels? In the meanwhile, have a look at the 16 possible characters (Ulysses has been cast) we're looking forward to seeing in Season 4.