Season 4 of the Starz time-traveling romantic drama Outlander is almost here, and this time Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are even sexier, and they have left Scotland behind for colonial America. This season is all about Claire and Jamie building their lives in the new world, and Balfe says it is filled with drama and passion.
In the third season, soulmates Jamie and Claire Fraser reunited after a two-decade separation. During their time apart, Claire returned to the 20th century and gave birth to and raised the couple’s daughter, Brianna (Sophie Skelton).
They both have aged a bit, but now that they are back together, Claire and Jamie’s scorching relationship has gotten even hotter.
“It’s going to be even sexier because they’re in their 40s,” Heughan says. “There’s passion, always. They have great love, trust, understanding. And they rely on each other. America is a dangerous place.”
According to TV Guide Magazine, the 13 episodes in Season 4 focus on the Frasers’ life in North Carolina, and they are based on the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Drums of Autumn.
The story picks up a few months after the Season 3 finale when the couple left Jamaica. They had traveled there to rescue Young Ian (John Bell), Jaime’s nephew, but their ship eventually went down off of the Georgia coast. Now, it’s the year 1767, and the Frasers are in Wilmington, North Carolina, but planning a return to Scotland.
However, terrible events lead them to change their mind about going home.
Outlander fans should be happy that the show is staying so true to the books and delivering familiar storylines — even the dark ones. Producers say that there is a ton of pressure to deliver favorite moments from the books, and they know that everyone is looking forward to the “slippery rock” scene that takes place on a humid day, and Claire is bathing by the river.
But, executive producer Maril Davis says that they can’t do it exactly like the book, and they bring iconic moments in fresh ways — out of order — to keep the surprises coming. They are also bringing back past characters unexpectedly and adding some new plotlines.
Outlander has become so popular that the show now has its own Twitter emoji. It focuses on Season 4 and features Jamie and Claire’s faces side by side. When you type the show’s name in a tweet or type the hashtag #TheFrasers, the emoji will pop up.
Season 4 of Outlander premieres November 4th on Starz.