Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will be facing a new villain when Outlander returns to Starz in a few months. Steven Bonnet will be introduced as the main antagonist in Season 4 and Heughan thinks the character might be worse than Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).
Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) will play Bonnet in the upcoming season. The character played an important role in Diana Gabaldon’s 4th book, Drums of Autumn, and earned a reputation as being pretty vile towards the Frasers. Bonnet made a living as a smuggler and a pirate and becomes an embroiled in the politics in the New World.
Without giving too much away, Heughan compared Bonnet to the show’s first big villain, Black Jack Randall. The Outlander star believes that Bonnet is just as evil as Black Jack – if not more – and that fans will find his charm unsettling.
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According to Christian Today, Bonnet did some awful things in the books, especially towards Brianna (Sophie Skelton), Jamie and Claire’s daughter. We don’t know how things will play out on the show, but Heughan assured fans that Bonnet will do “terrible, terrible things.”
Bonnet isn’t the only new character that will grace the show in Season 4. Maria Doyle Kennedy, who starred in Orphan Black, will be playing the part of Jamie’s Aunt, Jocasta. We’ll also get to see more of Brianna and Roger MacKenzie this season.
In fact, executive producer Ronald D. Moore recently teased that Brianna and Roger’s story will be expanded in the upcoming season as she seeks to reunite with her parents.
“They actually come into the story in a much bigger way in season four,” Moore explained.
Moore added that Brianna will experience a culture shock when she travels back in time to Colonial America. Between witnessing slavery firsthand and dealing with Native Americans, Brianna will face quite a few hurdles as she adjusts to life in the 18th century.
Apart from Brianna, fans will also see more of Lord John Grey (David Berry) this season. Heughan recently teased that Jamie will meet up with his old friend in Season 4, which is definitely exciting to hear.
Starz has not announced an official premiere date for Season 4 of Outlander, though the series is expected to premiere sometime in November. Production for the upcoming season is nearing the end, though filming for Season 5 and 6 will not begin until next year.