Written By: Anne Gavin
BREAKING NEWS! We have our Roger! Scottish Actor, Richard Rankin will play Roger Wakefield. See more on the Blog!
Brianna – The Casting Call went out in August…and there are dozens of actual audition tapes for the fiery red-head progeny of Jamie & Claire out there on the Internet for all to see. Personally, I have trouble watching these. I would likely make the absolute WORST Casting Director. I can’t sit through most of them. It’s excruciating for me to watch because I find it impossible to imagine any of these young women as our gal, Bree. If you are up for it, you can see many of the audition tapes here — Brianna Audition Tapes. Our Bree may be among these auditions or she may not??? Both book series author Diana Gabaldon and several TV series producers have confirmed that Bree (and Roger) WILL appear in Season 2. Diana recently confirmed this when responding to a Facebook question.
But, there has been a lot of speculation as to when Brianna and Roger will appear in Season 2. Based on some recent statements and interviews with showrunner, Ron Moore, it seems unlikely that the TV show will follow the non-linear lead of the book, which places Brianna and Roger in the first few pages of Book 2, Dragonfly in Amber” – everyone’s favorite “What the #&$!*#?” moment of the book series. FYI, non-book readers, it’s worth reading the books just to experience this moment! It does seem clear, however, that we will be seeing adult Roger and adult Bree, though, as opposed to baby Bree and slightly older Roger. Although, wish they would bring that kid back from Season 1 that played Roger. What a cutie!
It would seem, however, that the search for Claire was a cake walk compared to what has turned into an exhausting and down-to-the-wire search for Brianna Randall. As the cast shoots some final scenes in Scotland before taking their holiday break, the notorious Scottish weather there rages on with significant snow fall in parts of the Highlands and rain, wind and extreme cold in the Glasgow area and the Lowlands. So, one wonders if they will be able to shoot any outdoor scenes with Roger and Brianna (one iconic outdoor scene from the book comes to mind) as the Scottish Winter will remain in full swing once they return from the Holiday break. The unforgiving Scottish weather is one of the reasons they built the soundstage in Cumbernauld, and entirely possible they will use it to film end of season scenes with Bree and Roger BUT…it may not be that key scene I mentioned previously, but some variation on it.
And, speaking of future seasons. It would seem that everything is on track for a Season 3 except the official announcement from Starz. Showrunner Moore has been talking about Season 3 in interviews almost since Season 1 ended and Season 2 started filming. He’s mentioned that there are a few swashbuckling ocean and ship scenes in Voyager (upon which a Season 3 would be based) that he would LOVE to film, given his production company is called “Tall Ship Productions.”
And, will Season 3 be split? Voyager is a long book with many, many plot twists and location hopping. There has been some talk of splitting the book into two seasons. No telling if this will come to pass. Discussions about this particular point may be what is holding up an announcement. Regardless, I am willing to bet the ink is drying on the Season 3 deal and the series’ three Golden Globe nominations has sealed it. Starz would be loony if they didn’t renew a series that has landed them on the top of the network nominations for this year’s Golden Globes. All I can say is you are going to have a lot of Outlander fans on serious suicide watch if Season 2 ends as expected and we have no Season 3 to look forward to. It won’t be pretty!
Lastly, when will Season 2 PREMIERE???? The Vegas odds have April as a pretty good bet. Will the series continue on Saturday evenings? It would seem so, since the Starz series “Black Sails” has already announced a premiere date in January and sits in the 9:00 p.m. ET Saturday time slot. It would seem logical that Outlander would take up that space once Black Sails’ season ends. So, here is my guess…
The Premiere for Outlander Season 2 will be…APRIL 16th. This just happens to be the Anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, but I am not picking the date because of this. It would just be a happy accident for Starz and all associated with the Show, including the fans. I would expect we get the Premiere date announcement sometime after the 1st of next year with season promos beginning in late February. April is not soon enough but we are at the mercy of the studio and the network not to mention a few months of post-production work. Bring it on, though. Patience…HIGHLY overrated!
What is your prediction for when Season 2 will come back to air? Do you think Season 3 will happen?
Awesome post, Anne! I ate up every shortbread laden morsel of it (that cracked me up). I used to work in casting. I do not envy their job in finding any of these characters. It's not as if it's an original script – they've got the pressure of a book version and millions of adoring fans peering over them. They're definitely a lock for S3 thanks to the GG noms – good call. And I originally thought a March premiere date so that all 13 episodes would air and end in the May sweeps period. But your guess is more solid.
Thanks, Ashley. I agree about Season 3 so they should just announce it already 🙂 A FB commenter on this piece mentioned a 4th burning question "Why is Leery in Season 2?" Ha, ha! Should have included in the post. Thanks for commenting. And, you may still be right about March Premiere. No one really knows for sure, but I think they will need at least 2 months of post production and I don't think they will finish filming until mid to late January. But, stranger things have happened!
I cracked up reading about the Brianna auditions. I think there was one I got all the way through.
I agree with the start date of April 16th…just too serendipitous a date to ignore, and if it lines up with the end of "Black Sails," it's indeed a happy accident. It's already penciled in on my new Outlander calendar. As far as season three goes, with the GG noms and especially with the brand-new Roger announcement, it would be sacrilege for this series to be finished after just two seasons.
Thanks for the blog! Keep up the good work!
cvalley — you made it through one more audition than me as I made it through NONE! Cringe-worthy. Of, course, Bree could be one of these and then I'll be forced to go back and watch! As for Season 2 start, I think April 16th is as good a guess as any, but just a guess. Like I said, not wedded to the serendipitous Culloden date, just makes sense to me. But, I really feel strongly that Season 3 is in the bag…NO WAY we can be left hanging if Claire goes back you no where at end of Season 2! And, no question, the GG noms certainly helps everyone's case for a Season 3. Thanks for reading and commenting. Really appreciate. Come back to the Blog again soon for more news and original content!
I feel the angst. Been so hungry for any news that I feel like a starving dog licking up any scraps I can sniff out in the town junkyard. Not pretty. The Roger casting announcement was like they threw me a fine steak (I wonder how long they kept the lid on that one – I think he was cast months ago). Anyway, I think Season 2 will premiere a wee bit earlier – either April 2 right after Black Sails completes its third season, or they’ll skip a week and premiere it on April 9. Regardless, they have to air some episodes before the Emmy cut-off date, which I think is May 31. The network would be insane not to air it in time to qualify for the Emmys given that the series will have a lot of momentum going with the Globes attention and viewers being able to access it on Amazon Prime. An ideal time to announce the premiere date is during the Outlander Offerings or early January before Black Sails starts up again. As for a Season 3 renewal, it’s happening (the alternative I shall not accept), and I have a feeling they’ll make the announcement before Season 2 premieres – perhaps in March. As for who the hell is playing Brianna (she will not be any of the aspiring Bree’s in those audition tapes), I’m going to bet they announce the actress as one of the final Outlander Offerings. Of course, I could be totally wrong about all of this (except for Season 3 – it’s happening), but it is fun to speculate until I wait for my next scrap.
Holly Richter-White — you could very well be right. They definitely have some kind of deadline to finish filming and then I guess it's how long will post take. But, I am ALL FOR an early Premiere date. I think April 2nd is the earliest it could be and I for one would be VERRA happy! And, good theory on the last Outlander Offering. That's the big kahuna announcement. Save best for last! Thanks for reading and commenting!
Sarah — yes ANGST! Pathetic how I snort up anything that comes out…Cracklander style. Terrific announcement about Rik Rankin and such lovely eye candy. And, yes — I am all for an early April Premiere date. Hope you are right and I am wrong on that one! And, Brianna — I REALLY hope it's NOT one of those audition tapes! 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!
Great post Anne,we want answers & we want it now LOL!
Hey, zsuzsip! Great to hear from you. So, yes…answers needed PRONTO! So, when do you think we will hear about Brianna? Any guesses on Season 2 start date???
Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ I hope it is not one of the actresses from those reels. We need a Bree with a strong, forceful personality and they were very lacking in the personality department.
TanteF — I know, right? The audition reels are painful to watch. Hoping it will be someone else who has all the traits you describe. I guess we'll find out soon! Thanks for reading and commenting. Please come back and see us at the Blog again for more news and original content! Happy Holidays!
Word on the street here in Scotland is that they will be filming through Feb…getting noises also that maybe we are only getting half of DIA before the hiatus…seems likely that they are also filming scenes for Voyager as well..I'm sure I read somewhere that have the green light for book three and four.
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