Now that the brutal -- but still hopeful and very emotional -- "Outlander" Season 1 finale is in the past, what does the future hold for Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in Season 2? Executive producer Ronald D. Moore had several rounds of interviews after the May 30 finale, discussing plans for the next adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's novels.

Moore told Deadline they were roughly three weeks into Season 2 at the time, and "the footage looks really good." Here are more Moore quotes to Deadline:

The general plan is probably to try to do a book a season. Some of the books are bigger than others so we've definitely had conversations about, "well, you know, at some point we made need to split a book into two seasons," but right now we're not there yet so the plan is to do Dragonfly In Amber for Season 2.

There will be twists and turns that aren't in the book. The second book is more complex than the first book is. It's a little tougher challenge to adapt it. It takes place in France and it deals with the Jacobite Rebellion. It's much more political, it weaves in and out of actual historical events. There's more complexity, just in terms of how Diana structured the story in Paris, in particular, as Jamie and Claire try to change history. [...] It's an urban setting and you're dealing with aristocracy and the court of Louis XV so it's a whole different thing. It's not going to look anything like Season 1, so you're really kind of prepping and shooting a whole new TV show into the second year. It has a lot of, you know, 'oh my God, what can we do,' those kind of moments to it."

Here's some of what Moore shared with TVLine about what's next for Jamie and Claire:

It's much more about deception, and lies within lies, and the gossips and the surroundings of Paris. And dinner parties, and going to the court of Louis the XV — and if you know those books, there's St. Germain, and there's Master Raymond, and there's more of an occult feeling to a lot of that stuff. [Plus], she's pregnant, and he's got the aftermath of Jack Randall.

In probably every which way you can think of, it's going to be different than Season 1 was, which I think is one of the strengths of the series overall: its continuing evolution.

In a lot of ways, [Parisian society] is more familiar to [Jamie] in certain ways than you would anticipate, because he is a laird in his own life, and he has lived in France, and he speaks the French language. It is a somewhat familiar culture to him. He does know his cousin, Jared, who runs a wine business, and he's been to this place. Claire also speaks French, and she's adapting in a different way, but she still struggles with the roles woman in these times, even in French society.

And here are some similar but still interesting quotes from Moore to Entertainment Weekly:

At the beginning, season 2 is going to look very different from season 1. The characters are going to Paris, which in those days was one of the most populated cities in the world. It's a very urban environment. They'll be in the French court. It's a completely new palette visually. The color schemes are different. Everything about it is different—the chairs, the desks, the lamps, the costumes, and the props. They are definitely going to a different world. There's more politics, because they're caught up in the Jacobite rebellion more. You're dealing with historical figures like Bonny Prince Charlie, who will be in the show. We're dealing with the court of Louis XV. It's just a very different story that Claire and Jamie suddenly get swept up in."

There's no word yet on when Season 2 will debut, but Starz will give it "at least" 13 episodes. Season 1, which had 16 episodes, premiered last August and had a break between two batches of eight episodes -- from August-September to April-May. So we'll have to wait and see how they handle things for the next round. Are you excited for what happens next? In the meantime, revisit Moviefone's interview with the great Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall).

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