It appears that networks are still following old-school norms. Super-sized season finales are created in order to bring about an event like that of Outlander Season 2.
Last month, ABC aired two-hour finales for three of its dramas, which created absolute havoc in schedule.
However, for prestige cable dramas, hugely extended run times are rarer. Therefore, Outlander would have a 90-minute finale to close out Season 2, and Starz would be producing it. This means Outlander would be a movie.
The episode would be entitled “Dragonfly in Amber”, which would be based on Diana Gabaldon’s second Outlander novel. This episode would introduce two major new characters. Their arrival is announced by the official Starz, and the description is exciting, especially for book fans. It reads: “Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her 20-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 while 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 description adds: “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 that 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.”
The role of Brianna would be played by Sophie Skelton (Ren) while Roger Wakefield would be played by Richard Rankin (Burnt). Both are Gabaldon fan favorites.
According to Vanity Fair, Roger and Brianna would be a part of the “modern day” plot of Outlander. However, given the tendency of the show to skip through time, viewers are advised not to expect them to show in one decade.