Sophie Skelton shares what to expect from Brianna in Outlander Season 4

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

Sophie Skelton recently spoke about her upcoming storylines in Outlander Season 4. Just what can we expect from Brianna when the series returns?

Sophie Skelton joined Outlander for the Season 2 finale. She was then present in the first half of the third season, but we know in Outlander Season 4 she’ll get a much bigger role. Skelton recently shared with BriefTake about her upcoming role and what’s she’s looking forward to showing on the screen.

Just a word of warning, there are spoilers in this piece for those who haven’t read “Drums of Autumn.” It’s heavy-spoilers for Brianna’s storyline.

Brianna Randall Fraser is currently left in the 70s with Roger Wakefield MacKenzie. She went from having two parents, to one, to three, and now to none. It’s not been an easy transition and we certainly saw Brianna struggle with it in Outlander Season 3. She dropped out of Harvard University and moved out–although clearly not for long–to find her way in life and deal with the knowledge that her father was a Highland warrior in the 18th century.

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Sophie Skelton has shared some of the spoilers from Outlander Season 4, saying that she will definitely meet her biological father this season. She tries not to give too much away for those who haven’t read the novels yet and are trying to remain spoiler-free. What she does say is that something about her parents will lead to going back in time.

We’ve seen a few photo spoilers of this, as Brianna was seen filming with Nell Hudson, who plays Laoghaire on the series. It’s clear that she’s going to be at Lallybroch at some point.

However, Skelton also hints at the trauma that is coming. For those who have read the novels, you’ll know exactly what happens, but it’s another storyline she’s tried to keep vague. Skelton does hope that victims of abuse will be able to see the story through Brianna’s eyes and have empathy and hope. She wants to help victims and not just tell the story for gratuitous reasons.

Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room
Photo credit: Outlander/Starz Image acquired via Starz Media Room /

Something that is interesting to Brianna is that this is a modern woman out of her time. That means dealing with issues that she wouldn’t necessarily have come across in the 1970s. Certainly, this is something that has come up with Claire in the past and it will be interesting for many to see how Brianna deals with this in Outlander Season 4. It’s not just about the violence and trauma, but about life as a woman in the 18th century.

he’ll go from someone with independence, a right to an Ivy League education (although there are issues with timing on that, but that’s for another article), and the ability to marry for love. This is slightly bigger than the shift that Claire saw, as a woman who had only just had the support to enter the workforce because of the war. She may just feel like a bigger fish out of water.

Next: What will happen to Brianna and Roger in Outlander Season 4?

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