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Starz's 'Outlander' returns Saturday for an exciting, lavish second season

Jamie and Claire infiltrate Parisian society in their fanciest garb. Swoon.


Jamie and Claire infiltrate Parisian society in their fanciest garb. Swoon.



Warning: This post contains major spoilers from the first season of Outlander.

The wait is almost over for the return of our favorite "kilty pleasure" (thanks for that, Entertainment Weekly). Starz's epic time-traveling tale premieres its second season Saturday night at 9 p.m., and this super fan will be recapping all 13 new episodes right here each week. I've read the book series from Diana Gabaldon, and I promise not to spoil anything forthcoming, but I will compare and contrast the stories. This new season will follow the second book, Dragonfly in Amber.

BONUS: For Starz subscribers, the first episode will be available on Thursday (yes, tomorrow!). Find it on the Starz streaming app or, as well as using your On Demand feature through your cable service.

ALSO: If you haven't caught up, the entire first season is FREE (!!!) on the Starz website. What a time to be alive.

Even though it's been almost a year, we're still pretty traumatized from the first season. Jamie (Sam Heughan) is still reeling from his psychological and physical abuse at the hand of Captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall (Tobias Menzies). His time-traveling wife Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is by his side. At the end of the season, the 18th-century Scotsman and the WWII combat nurse left Scotland on a mission to change history. They want to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stop the battle of Culloden. Claire knows if they don't do anything, it will lead to the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

So we're trading in the fabulous Scottish Highlands for a fancy France backdrop. And the costuming has gone insane. You guys. I mean, you guys. Just take a look:

Just Claire Fraser, standing in an intricate hedge in her finest gown. You know, as you do.

Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne) dresses in the finest couch fabric, fanning herself in the middle of the garden. Same.

King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser) strolls through the grounds like he owns the joint. Oh, he does.

Even Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) cleans up nice! Yeah, those ladies back there are defintely into him.

No, I definitely do not imagine that's me in Jamie's arms. Why do you ask?

Anyway, French society looks good on them. I will miss those kilts, though.

I won't spoil anything to come, but I promise you we're in for a thrilling ride this season. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore (with Gabaldon's blessing) has taken some liberty with the beloved story, but trust me, it makes for good TV.

The last season left us with lots of questions. Is Black Jack really dead? How's Frank doing? Does Claire go back to him? How's Jamie? And how is the Fraser marriage? Oh, and what about Claire's pregnancy?

Until Saturday, let's keep replaying this full-length trailer:

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 3:37pm]


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