For Season 4 of the STARZ series “Outlander,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, action will move to familiar territory: Colonial-era North Carolina.
The popular time-travel series is still filmed in Scotland, but The Fayetteville Observer reports that for the 13-episode fourth season, lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) will be making a new home for themselves in a fictional plantation called River Run, which is just outside of Cross Creek — a real area that eventually became downtown Fayetteville.
The main part of the Season 4 story is set in 1760, drawing from Diana Gabaldon’s “Drums of Autumn,” the fourth book in the “Outlander” series.
Season 3 ended with the Jamie and Claire characters fleeing their home and landing on the shores of Georgia, in Colonial America. They make their way to North Carolina, according to Variety, interacting with an Irish smuggler, Native Americans and a pirate, played by Ed Speleers.
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In the Season 4 trailer, Jamie and Claire are told, “North Carolina offers wealth and prosperity.”
Time travel is a big part of “Outlander,” and action will move back and forth from the 1760s to the 20th century, with a storyline involving Jamie and Claire’s daugther Brianna, played by Sophie Skelton. In the “Outlander” story, Claire is a World War II nurse from England who travels back in time to Scotland, where she falls in love with Jamie.
The Starz series has already been renewed for two more seasons, and those will be 12 episodes each.
Check out photos from Season 4 below.
And if you can’t get enough of “Outlander,” Tryon Palace in New Bern is wrapping up a series of “Outlander”-themed tours of the Governor’s Palace that incorporate stories and rooms mentioned in the book series. There is one more tour in 2018, taking place Nov. 17. Tickets are $15. Get more info at the Tryon Palace website.