Starz has picked up Outlander for 2 more seasons and while we’re still onto the third one, the excitement for Outlander Season 4 has already started buzzing among fans. Thankfully, executive producer Maril Davis was generous enough to give us an update on where they are now in terms of preparations for the time travel series’ fourth run.
In a Question and Answer session with the fans on Twitter, Davis revealed production is almost complete for the third season. However, they won’t commence filming for the next one just yet. Although some initial work has already been done like location scouting, she explains they can only kick off major production after Season 3 filming ends in June. This includes the casting process.
— Maril Davis (@TallShipProds) April 23, 2017
In the meantime, we’ve listed below the new characters from Drums of Autumn that we’re excited to be cast in Season 4.
Warning: Potential spoilers ahead!
Born as Jeremiah Alexander Ian Fraser MacKenzie, Jemmy is the son of Brianna MacKenzie and grandson of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Due to some circumstances, it was unclear at first who the boy’s father was. But later in the novels, Brianna ultimately discovered his real paternity.
Stephen Bonnet is an Irish pirate, smuggler, sometimes murderer and all-round disreputable character, whom Claire and Jaimie first meet as they leave Charleston, South Carolina.” While he believes he is some kind of a gentleman, at his core, Stephen is as cold and ruthless as he needs to be. Most of the time, he lacks morals and compassion. Although there was a time he showed some level of compassion by giving Brianna MacKenzie a black diamond for her son, Jeremiah, and saving Lord John Grey’s life at her request.
The youngest among the MacKenzie siblings Ellen, Colum, and Dougal, Jocasta is Jaime’s aunt. She was a very skilled artist before she gradually lost her sight. She has married four men, the most recent of which is his nephew’s close friend, Duncan Innes. Claire and Ian met her when they arrive in summer of 1767.
A half wolf and half Irish Wolfhound, Rollo is Ian Murray’s trusted sidekick he won in a card game. As reported earlier, young Ian met the half-wolf from a game of dice in Charleston, June 1767. The Fraser family, especially Ian’s aunt, Claire, is apprehensive at the beginning, having a bad history with wolves from the early years of her marriage to Jamie Fraser. But later on, they have ultimately accepted Rollo who “became a member of the ever-growing Fraser family.”
The show has recently cast two Northern Inuit puppies as the show’s Rollo. The adorable puppies are set to start their training now for Season 4 with animal handler David Stewart soon.
Outlander Season 4
Production dates for Season 4 have not been confirmed at this point but if the show follows its Season 3 timeline, filming for Season 4 should commence this August and will continue through June 2018 for a fall premiere.
A synopsis of Drums of Autumn where the fourth season will be based is available on author Diana Gabaldon’s website.
“Here Claire and Jamie, with Jamie’s nephew Young Ian, seek to find a place for themselves in the colony of North Carolina, treading a dangerous line between Governor Tryon’s patronage and Claire’s knowledge of the brewing revolution in America, between the help of Jamie’s Aunt Jocasta, last of his MacKenzie kin (‘MacKenzies are charming as larks in the field–but sly as foxes with it.’) and the unwanted obligations of her slave-run plantation. As they find mountain land and begin to build their first cabin, their newfound life is bittersweet, with the thought Brianna–the daughter Claire has left behind, the daughter Jamie will never see–always near.”
Are you excited for Outlander Season 4? Which character from Drums of Autumn are you most excited to meet? Let us know in the comments below.