Sophie Skelton made her debut as Brianna Fraser in Season 2 of Outlander. Her character was featured a bit more in Season 3 and she’ll see her role expand even further in the upcoming season. While producers are keeping plot details to a minimum, Skelton recently opened up and revealed exactly what Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) will be up to in Season 4.
Season 4 of Outlander is based on the 4th book in Diana Gabaldon’s hit series, Drums of Autumn. In the books — spoiler alert — Claire (Caitriona Balfe) left Brianna in 1970s to reconnect with Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the 18th century.
— TV SHOW TODAY (@TvShowToday) June 13, 2018
With both of her parents out of the picture, Brianna struggled to start her life anew and come to terms with the truth about her father. To help cope with everything, Brianna decided to travel back in time like her mom and reunite with her biological dad.
According to Fan Sided, Season 4 will follow Brianna’s story arc from the book, including her highly anticipated reunion with Jamie. In fact, Skelton confirmed that Brianna and Jamie meet in the upcoming season, which will definitely be one of the highlights of the year.
— Matt Carter (@MattCarterMedia) June 12, 2018
We also know that Brianna will meet up with Laoghaire (Nell Hudson) this season. Hudson and Skelton were spotted filming scenes together in Scotland, so it’s clear that Brianna will spend some time at Lallybroch.
While it will be good to see Jamie and Brianna reunite after all these years, Brianna’s journey isn’t going to all sunshine and rainbows. The actress also hinted that Brianna will face a lot of trauma as she travels back in time to find her parents. Book readers know exactly what Skelton is referring to and suffice it to say that Brianna has quite the journey ahead of her.
On the anniversary of the casting announcement of playing Brianna, I'd just like to say a huge, huge thank you to @Outlander_starz for bringing me on board and a huge, HUGE thank you to you amazing fans for supporting both me and the show so loyally and so passionately ? #Outlander fanmily = #bestfansever Slate from on set on the splinter unit with @matthew_b_roberts for Season 2 Episode 13.
For Skelton, the trauma her character faces will provide a great opportunity to talk about abuse, a subject that is very much at the forefront of today’s media. The actress hopes that Brianna’s story will help victims open up about their own experiences and eventually overcome their situations.
For Sophie Skelton, Brianna’s story relates to the audience because she is a “modern woman out of her time dealing with problems that she wouldn’t even see in her day.”
Starz has not released an official premiere date for the upcoming season of Outlander, which is expected to come out later this year.