Several promotional trailers have been popping up. This one posted by Diana Gabaldon this morning, shows a darker side of intrigue that is to come. The Next Chapter shows the beauty and the upcoming conflict. Many key players have been added to the mix, King Louis XV, Le Comte St. Germain, Prince Charles Stuart, Louise de Roth, Master Raymond, Mother Hildegarde, and Mary Hawkins, to name a few. The familiar faces of The Duke of Sandringham, Murtagh, Black Jack Randall, The Murrays, and the clan MacKenzie make their presence known, while Claire and Jamie hatch a wild plan to stop Bonny Prince Charles from following through with his ill-fated plan to reclaim the throne.
For those viewers who have not read the books, it is going to be a great leap from the outdoor landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to the luxurious and colorful contrast of the French court. Never fear dearies, there will be a return to Scotland, with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Jamie and Claire are fortified as they walk through the fires of Season 2.
What are your thoughts on the trailer? Beyond what I have said already, Jamie seems to lack confidence and shows a sullenness I would not expect. He appears lesser than himself. Smaller somehow. I know he is still recovering from Wentworth since inadequate time was given toward healing and reclamation of self and together as a couple at the Season 1 conclusion. Perhaps it is to make the pain that much greater in seeing Black Jack Randall again and the hurt that much deeper in what Claire asks of him. It’s most difficult to extrapolate any true meaning from short snippets of 13 episodes. Only time will tell as the episodes reveal themselves starting in April. And, I wonder, do you prefer the prettily coiffed men of Paris or the more earthy men of The Highlands?
Please enjoy the stills. I look forward to your thoughts and comments.
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