Hear Jamie as Narrator in This Clip from The Midseason Premiere of Outlander

Is Jamie possibly a better narrator than Claire? Find out ahead of the April 4th premiere!

By Lauren Piester Jan 26, 2015 2:20 AMTags

If you, like us, have been sitting there sadly, wondering when April 4th will get here already, we've got a very big present for you.

Last night, before the premiere of Black Sails, Starz aired the first minute of the next new episode of Outlander. While it features no naked butts or other body parts, it does feature a lot of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). In fact, everybody's favorite fictional Scot takes the reigns from Claire and takes over the task of narrating from his perspective.

Executive producer Ron Moore introduces the clip, which is essentially a mirror of the way the pilot opened. 

"I've always known I've lived a life different from other men," Jamie says as he serenely skips stones across a stream. Sure, it's nothing like any scene from the wedding, but we'll take what we can get. 

Moore explained the shift in perspective earlier this year at the winter press tour, saying that the writers saw this episode, titled "The Reckoning," as a way to sort of "start the show again."

"It was an opportunity to then shift point of view," Moore told reporters, "So it was interesting to tell those events in that first hour from Jamie's point of view. And then, it also served a larger goal in the life of the series in that the show beyond Season 1 is really about Jamie and Claire together, and this was a moment to sort of pivot to now include him in the perspective for the audience, and that gave us permission moving forward to then do scenes that Jamie was in, that Claire wasn't in, so now the show became about both of them as we move forward." 


The second half of the season is not going to be easy, by any means. Aside from dealing with the truly horrific Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie have got a lot of relationship issues to work through, particularly given the fact that marriage in 1743 is rather different from marriage in 1945. 

We know that we'll spend the second half of the season learning a lot about Jamie, but it's not all great. Turns out, he's not perfect. 

"In the second part of the season, he's finding his place in the world and finding new responsibilities and new relationships," Heughan told reporters, "We start to see the stubborn part of his pride so he's less of this idealistic man and we start to see his failings, and his chinks in the armor."

Fortunately, we can spend the next two months pretending those chinks don't exist! Or at least that's what we'll tell ourselves when #droughtlander gets to be too much to bare.

Outlander returns on April 4th at 9 p.m. on Starz.