We have our Brianna! Sophie Skelton will take on this fan favorite role in the fantasy drama’s sophomore season. With her hair dyed red, I think she looks the part. I’ve seen some complaints online- at 5’8 she’s shorter than Brianna is in the novels, and her eye color is wrong (but so is Balfe’s, which is actually the color of Skelton’s in the novels, and vice versa).

Previous reports have stated that when the show returns, Claire will be pregnant with Brianna. This would be a change from the novels, but if you’ve seen the 2nd teaser trailer, it looks as though this may not be the case. The first half is set in France, with Claire and Jamie infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion in an attempt to change history by preventing the Battle of Culloden.  Expect the stabbing to be more of the behind-your-back political type, with some spies and would-be-assassin’s thrown in for good measure, during the first half of the season.

We know the series returns to Scotland, and with the casting of Brianna and Roger, readers know that that means Culloden cannot be the final episode of the season without major changes to the source material. Ron Moore warned viewers in a Deadline interview last May that “There will be twists and turns that aren’t in the book…The second book is more complex than the first book is. It’s a little tougher challenge to adapt it.”

Apparently whatever changes have been made have been approved by Gabaldon, on Facebook she wrote “Smaller pieces of the plot that aren’t necessarily linear may be moved, or flexed a little, or even separated into still smaller pieces that can be included in separate places, in order to achieve an interesting, coherent and more or less self-contained episode AND in service of this goal, small new pieces and lines may need to be created to blend and support the original pieces in their new configuration.”

I just hope Ron Moore doesn’t take his cues from what D&D to Game of Thrones.

I’m just ready for the Droughtlander to over. I’m so excited to see Roger and Brianna on screen, (hopefully in the 1960’s). I really hope Jamie’s story is told post-Culloden. How will they age up Jamie and Claire? And Frank!  Will we see him? Can’t wait. There’s just so much story to tell!

Outlander returns to Starz this April (aka not soon enough). Here’s the latest look into Season 2 as well as a Sam and Cait answering fan Tweets and the Starz Gaelic lessons, to keep you hydrated through the Droughtlander.