A tribe of handsome Scots in kilts took to the streets of San Diego with bagpipes, heralding the arrival of the Comic-Con panel for “Outlander,” the hit time traveler romance from Starz.
Stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, along with author Diana Gabaldon and executive producers Ron Moore and Maril Davis, brought out tribes of devoted fans, who packed the largest ballroom at the convention center late Saturday.
Despite all the kilts and plaids and even some whiskey, the panel focused on the series’ big departure in season two, when Claire (Balfe) and Jamie (Heughan) head to Paris to pursue a new life.
So how will life in France change the story in Season 2?
Based on the second book of the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, season two follows Claire and Jamie to Paris, where they try and stop the Jacobite rebellion, said series creator Ron Moore. The new backdrop changes everything, with new characters and storylines and some inevitable departures from the book. But author Gabaldron will be writing one of the episodes, keeping things true to her novel.
What about Scotland?
For fans who already miss Jamie in his kilts, rest assured they will be heading back to Scotland in the second half of the season. And though Jamie assumes a new identity and a new character, “there’s still an element of Scottish-ness about him,” Heughan assured the fans.
Also, a bottle of Laphroaig appeared on the table
Things took a turn when a bottle of scotch whiskey appeared and Heughan poured glasses for the entire panel – challenging his co-star to a drinking game of “say it straight faced.” She faltered over her first line, and the drinking began.
Sneak peeks that only Comic-Con fans can see
A look ahead was shown for the gathered fans, but not released for the public. There were glimpses of Tobias Menzies, Frances de la Tour as Mother Hildegard, Fergus, a duel, court life, a hot moment between Claire and Jamie, and a lot of lush silks and satins.
Do they know how it all will end?
Gabaldron admitted that she’s written the last scene of the last book, and both Ron and Sam have seen it. But no one else in the world has read that scene. And no one knows when the rest of us will read it or see it.