Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are entering a whole new world in Season 4 of Outlander, but their journey will not be without a few challenges. Ahead of the Season 4 premiere, Heughan and Balfe revealed that that the Outlander couple will have trouble adjusting to life in pre-Revolutionary War America, especially when it comes to the change in social norms.
During an appearance at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Heughan and Balfe discussed Jamie and Claire’s story this season and how they will settle into life in North Carolina. Although they arrived in America without any major hiccups, the two will have trouble adjusting to the new setting.
“It is Outlander,” Balfe shared, adding that slavery is one issue Claire immediately confronts. “She just can’t have that.”
Claire is not the only one fighting a bad conscience. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jamie finds himself making deals with the British, which is not something he would have ever considered in the past.
But with the promise of a fresh start in a land of opportunity, Jamie is laying aside his old prejudices with the hope of a brighter future.
Although the couple will face challenges, there will still be plenty of time for romance next season. In fact, Balfe and Heughan recently dished on Outlander’s sex scenes and talked about how they always serve a wider purpose than just a romp between the sheets. This includes moving a character’s story forward or providing more insight into what they are feeling in the moment.
While Jamie and Claire navigate their new life, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) are undergoing changes as well. In the same panel, Rankin teased that Roger and Brianna’s romance next season will face a few hurdles as she adjusts to life without her mother.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, their relationship will really get tested once Brianna travels back in time to reunite with her parents.
The new season of Outlander kicks off Nov. 4.