The fourth season of “Outlander” is getting an Americana theme.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will find a new home in the United States when the Starz time-travel romance returns Nov. 4. And the opening title sequence, unveiled at New York Comic-Con Saturday, offers glimpses of what that life looks like — from a log cabin to a Colonial mansion, deer, Native Americans, and Claire’s real-life brush with a slave.
The season four opener will bring forth darker tones for some characters, and although executive producer Ronald D. Moore said that they don’t intend to use the show “as a platform for political ideas,” sometimes they can’t help but be influenced by the world.
“We all live in this culture. We all live in this society. … We try to be cognizant of what is happening in the world,” he explained. “I take solace in the words of Barack Obama, ‘The arc of history bends towards progress,’ and I tend to take that point of view.”
Still, the love story between Jamie and Claire will always be front and center in the show, as evidenced by the titles’ final image — a distant shot of Jamie and Claire embracing and overlooking a new horizon.
“This season there is such a contentment of the two of them being together. You see them have a life together. … There are always going to be external forces. I don’t think there are cliffhangers anymore as to whether they should be together,” Balfe said.
Novelist Diana Gabaldon, who authored the series on which the show is based, introduced the footage to the audience and panel that included Moore and fellow executive producer Maril Davis, as well as cast members Balfe, Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin.
Gabaldon’s appearance here was a strong statement after she was not invited to participate in the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel during the summer. At the time she tweeted, “Ah. So I’m not invited this year. Nice of you to let me know. #HaveFun.” But it doesn’t appear there are any hard feelings now, a few months later.
When asked when she knew the show would change her life forever the author of the “Outlander” book series stated, “Pretty much from the first time I saw it. … I think I watched the first episode four times in a row. And I just knew.”
Watch the new titles below: