Outlander viewers are gearing up for a completely different story in season four of the STARZ series which will see Jamie (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) relocating and setting up home in the American colonies.
Following a devastating shipwreck that saw Claire nearly drown in a storm and the married couple lose some of their crew, Jamie and his wife are eager to settle down in their new home at Frasers’ Ridge in North Carolina.
But it won’t be long before the drama hits once more, and now Scottish star Sam has teased a very important change on the series.
Speaking to Elle.com, The Spy Who Dumped Me actor shared: “We’re going to be in America. It’s the new world, we’re establishing a home — you get to see Jamie and Claire really be together and enjoy being a family, which Jamie’s always wanted, of course.
“He’s always wanted to have a large family and settle. So in America, this is sort of the first opportunity—for, like, a day. And then it’s Outlander, so it all goes t**s up.”
Sam continued: “It’s a dangerous place. I think season four is really setting the scene for five and six, too, which we recently got commissioned for. It is a big arc – a big, long story.”
“So it really sets the picture for the next of the rest few seasons,” the star hinted.
This could mean Jamie and Claire will reunite with their daughter Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and her boyfriend Roger Mackenzie (Richard Rankin) when they travel back in time through the stones.
But will the foursome be plunged into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with newcomer and Irish pirate Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers), or is there more to worry about?
Speaking about how the production managed to transform Scotland into North Carolina, Sam joked: “We put a McDonald’s on every corner—fast food joints all over the place. [Laughs]
“No. I went to North Carolina, as [Outlander author] Diana Gabaldon kindly instructed me to visit some places. And it’s remarkable how similar Scotland actually does look to places in North Carolina.
“Filming in Scotland, you’re really transported somewhere. It’s something to do with the woods and the vast landscape — obviously, we’re not as big as America, but there is something in that heritage.”
“Just learning about America… it’s a land of immigrants and different cultures,” Sam continued. “It’s a melting pot. It’s a dangerous place and an exciting place of opportunity.
“So you have a really great country here, and we’re going to try to show you a little bit of its infancy.”
In terms of how much his life has changed since Outlander’s popularity boomed four years ago, Sam was quick to share his gratitude to the fans.
“I have my own mic, that’s what’s changed!” he declared. “What has changed…just everything. The opportunities. I’m in a movie! This has given me so much opportunity — not only with charity work and My Peak Challenge, but other things.
“I’m off to do another movie in two weeks in South Africa, to shoot with Vin Diesel, which will be fun—it’s a comic book movie [Bloodshot].”
“There’s a lot of opportunity, and that’s down to the popularity of Outlander, and you guys, so thank you,” Sam added.
Outlander season four returns to STARZ and Amazon Prime Video November 4.