Outlander season 2 finale will mark the debut of two main characters, Brianna Randall (Sophie Skelton) and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin). Brianna is the daughter of Jamie and Claire, while Roger is her future love interest in the Diana Gabaldon novels, on which the show is based.
Entertainment Weekly has released the first look at Brianna and Roger from Outlander's 9 July episode, titled Dragonfly In Amber. The duo are pictured together in a library room of some sort.
Rankin and Skelton spoke to the entertainment website about their debut on the hit Starz series. Rankin said, "There is so much anticipation for these characters. I really think what we care most about is whether people are going to be happy with these characters that they've been waiting two years for."
Skelton is expecting some fan backlash as in the show Brianna will have an American accent. The actress shared, "There's been this buildup for so long. It's a scary thought because of things like the fact that Brianna's from Boston, but we decided not to go with a Boston accent. We just assumed that given how she was raised in a private Catholic school in the '60s, she sort of had any Boston drummed out of her and she'd be a standard American."
"And then there are things like the eye color. I think people are expecting [her to wear] contacts because Bri's eyes are blue [in the books]. Everybody will have a different view, she added.
Here is the official synopsis for Outlander season 2 finale episode:
Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her twenty-year-old daughter, Brianna, and meets Roger Wakefield. Claire visits Lallybroch and Culloden Moor to make peace with the past, while Brianna and Roger bond over researching Randall family history. Claire finally reveals the truth to Brianna about her time travel through the stones, her life in 1700's Scotland, and Brianna's true parentage. The story is intercut with another one back in the 18th century, which happens on the day of the Battle of Culloden. When Jamie's last ditch attempts to deter The Prince fail, he and Claire come up with a dangerous plan – which Dougal overhears, inciting him to a murderous rage. Jamie must do everything he can to save the ones he loves, even if it means saying goodbye to some—or all—of them.