The cast didn’t say much on the current season — which is currently in production over in Scotland — but executive producer Maril Davis did say that if Season 4 was about finding home, Season 5 will be about protecting that.
The costumes are one of Outlander‘s most captivating aspects beyond story and performance, and the stars had a lot of opinions on the matter. Caitriona Balfe shared that her favorite Season 4 look was Claire’s frontier coat (above) while everyone else complained of Richard Rankin’s lack of coverage underneath his character Roger’s kilt.
Production designer Jon Gary Steele was on hand to discuss the show’s incredible sets and opened up about the grueling process of bringing them to life. The River Run set supposedly took four months to create as the cast marveled aloud about the impressive nature of the structure. Steele also said that prep for an upcoming season usually begins halfway through the season currently in production at the time.
Getting It Right for Fans
The cast and producers talked about Season 4’s biggest scenes — Brianna and Jamie’s “reunion,” which was really a first meeting. When the panel was asked about the impact that fans have on the show, the accuracy of scenes like Jamie and Bree’s first meeting is important, but they don’t take plot suggestions.
Not Shying Away
One of the panel’s moderators pointed out the show’s realistic depiction of slavery and Native Americans during the time in which Outlander is set. The producers noted that it was important that they not shy away from the dark side of the past, also pointing out the jarring impact such events would have on more modern individuals like Claire and Brianna. Sophie Skelton even revealed that one scene that was cut from Season 4 included Bree teaching Phaedra (Natalie Simpson) the alphabet.
Toni Graphia’s Pick
Executive producer and writer Toni Graphia easily revealed her favorite component of Season 4 when asked — when the characters “operate out of love,” she says in particular about Roger’s decision to return to Brianna despite her child possibly being Stephen Bonnet’s.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
When discussing the theme of home in Outlander, the cast and crew’s consensus was clear. Home for these characters is where their family is, and in Season 4’s case that’s Fraser’s Ridge.
Jamie and Claire’s Understanding
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe shared that the equality in Jamie and Claire’s relationship is of the utmost importance. The pair talked about how their characters have evolved since the beginning of the series to become the partners they are in current seasons.
We may be in the middle of "droughtlander," but the cast and crew of Outlander's recent FYC panel in Los Angeles is providing some relief as fans endure the Starz series' absence.
Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin, Maril Davis (Executive Producer), Toni Graphia (Executive Producer/Writer) and Jon Gary Steele (Production Designer) were on hand to discuss all things Outlander, and the network has given fans the opportunity to view the taped talk. Flying in from Scotland to be there, the stars and crew opened up about the show's memorable Season 4 moments, not shying away from the darker side of history and much more.