Book 2 of Outlander is about to begin so we’ve dedicated this page to giving you the Outlander Season 2 episode guide of titles and air dates, as well as some insights on the actual production. As fans know, the 13-episode season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s second book Dragonfly in Amber. The season includes new sets, new cast members, new locations and a new Outlander theme song (read about the song changes here). As we bid adieu to drunken clansmen and Jamie’s sexy tussled locks, we are introduced to the finest of Paris fashion and lavish sets as the new season transports us to the decadence of 18th century France.
But don’t worry, while the first episodes are set in Paris, the story eventually returns to Scotland. “It was an enormous undertaking,” explained Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, in the series’ production notes. “We had two very different shows to prep. It takes a lot of concentration and proper planning to figure out how to make such a giant shift in your production.”
Although the story takes place in France, you may be surprised to know that production crews spent no time in France, mainly because Paris looks nothing like 18th century Paris anymore. The new season was shot almost entirely in Scotland. The crew returned to their studio in Cumbernauld (close to Glasgow) and created new sets to depict the three different worlds Book 2 lives within: 1740s Paris, 1740s Scotland and 1940s Scotland. The Hopetoun House, one of Scotland’s finest stately homes located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and the Gosford House, located in East Lothian, Scotland, were both used
Outlander Season 2 episode guide:
Below is an episode guide, which will be updated each week to give details on the newest episode (we don’t want to reveal upcoming story lines too far in advance). Season 2 won’t be split up like last year, all 13 episodes will air in a row (there may be a break for the July 4th holiday but that would be it).
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 1 “Through A Glass, Darkly”
Premieres: Saturday, April 9 at 9pmET
The season begins with Claire (Caitriona Balfe) wishing she was dead. Returning to her own time in the 20th century, Claire must reconcile her future with Frank (Tobias Menzies) and the life and love she left behind. Shifting back to the 18th century, Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire, and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) arrive on the shores of France to turn the tides of history, but quickly learn that Paris presents its own unique set of challenges.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 2: “Not in Scotland Anymore”
Premieres: Saturday, April 16 at 9pmET
Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham’s presence brings complications.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 3: “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”
Premieres: Saturday, April 23 at 9pmET
Jamie’s days and nights are dominated by political machinations, while Claire finds solace in her healing skills. As their plan to stop Culloden progresses, including engaging the aid of a young pickpocket, the past threatens to derail their forward momentum.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 4: “La Dame Blanche”
Premieres: Saturday, April 30 at 9pmET
Claire and Jamie throw an elaborate dinner party intended to derail investors in Prince Charles’ war effort. Meanwhile, Claire’s revelation that Jack Randall is alive sparks Jamie in an unexpected way as he and Claire struggle to regain their physical intimacy.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 5: “Untimely Resurrection”
Premieres: Saturday, May 7 at 9pmET
Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited; however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 6: “Best Laid Schemes…”
Premieres: Saturday, May 14 at 9pmET
Jamie and Claire use Claire’s medical knowledge to devise a scheme to stop a wine deal which could fill the Prince’s war chest. When Claire learns Jamie has gone back on his word, the couple are met with dire consequences that will forever change their lives.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 7: “Faith”
Premieres: Saturday, May 21 at 9pmET
Claire is brought to L’Hopital Des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practicing the dark arts – one an enemy, one a friend
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 8: “The Fox’s Lair”
Premieres: Saturday, May 28 at 9pmET
Claire and Jamie call upon Jamie’s grandsire, Lord Lovat, in an attempt to elicit support for the Jacobite cause. However, a visiting Colum MacKenzie has other plans, and Lord Lovat’s manipulative machinations ensure that no matter what, his own interests will be served.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 9: “Je Suis Prest”
Premieres: Saturday, June 4 at 9pmET
Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 10: “Prestonpans”
Premieres: Saturday, June 11 at 9pmET
Trusting in Claire’s knowledge of “history,” Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston. Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 11: “Vengeance Is Mine”
Premieres: Saturday, June 18 at 9pmET
Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London. A band of redcoats makes trouble for the Scots, leading to a most unexpected reunion for Claire.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 12: “The Hail Mary”
Premieres: Saturday, June 25 at 9pmET
As Jamie puts all of his efforts into turning the Jacobite army away from the impending slaughter at Culloden Moor, Claire attempts to comfort the sick Alex Randall. She is stunned when Alex reveals an outrageous plan to save the mother of his child.
Outlander, Season 2, Episode 13: “Dragonfly in Amber”
Premieres: Saturday, July 9 at 9pm
90-Minute Season Finale of Book 2