What year is Outlander Season 4 set in?

Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ
Outlander Season 4 -- Courtesy of Aimee Spinks/STARZ /

Outlander Season 4 continues to take place in two time periods. What are the years that this season is set in?

While Claire Fraser remains in the past, we still get some storylines in Outlander Season 4 that take place in the 20th century. We catch up with where Bree and Roger are in their love story before seeing them both end up in the past with Claire and Jamie.

Just what years is the season set in? How close is the story to the Revolutionary War, which we know has to be just around the corner? After all, it’s something Claire brings up in the very first episode.

Outlander Season 4 timeline

For Claire and Jamie, we pick up in 1767. At the end of the third season, the two and their family were washed ashore in Georgia. We find out that they end up heading to North Carolina. The idea is to get a ship back to the UK, but everyone decides that it’s time to remain in the Colonies. It’s what they all would like to do, including Young Ian who isn’t happy with the idea of Jamie trying to get him back to his parents.

As they settle, we see the story pass through roughly a few years. We end the season sometime around 1769 or 1770. The fifth season includes the Battle of Alamance, which is in 1771, giving us an idea of when the fourth season ends.

In the 20th century, we pick up around 1970 with Bree and Roger. They have been enjoying a long-distance relationship, seeing each other when they can. However, their relationship isn’t the happiest all the time and they break up at points throughout the fourth season.

There is a chance that the show gets into 1971. This would take Bree and Roger back to 1769. The exact years aren’t all that clear at this point in the story.

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