“Outlander” is most well-known for being “That Scotland present,” brimming with brogues and kilts.
So it’s an enormous departure that the fourth season of the Starz sequence is relocating to America … to North Carolina, in truth.
Nicely, type of.
The large location change isn’t precisely what it appears, says govt producer Maril Davis — since the present was really nonetheless utterly filmed in Scotland.
“North Carolina forest and Scotland forest look very comparable,” Davis says. “And I do know everybody says, ‘Oh, the crew is like my household,’ however we actually do really feel that means. Now we have had a couple of 97 p.c retention charge over the years. The considered leaving them [in Scotland] and beginning someplace new was not one thing we needed to think about.
“All these elements mixed to appreciate we might [still] shoot in Scotland.”
Season four of the historic time-travel drama (eight p.m. Sunday on Starz) sees central couple Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) making a brand new life in 1760s North Carolina. (After a shipwreck at the finish of Season three conveniently introduced them to Georgia simply in time for the delivery of the American Revolution, natch).
The present is predicated on a e book sequence, so it couldn’t nix the plot that strikes the characters to America. But it surely might put its foot down about transferring the Scotland-based manufacturing to the US, so the “Georgia” and “North Carolina” places seen in the sequence are literally Scotland in disguise.
“Our artwork division did such a tremendous job capturing North Carolina in Scotland,” says Davis. The largest problem, she says, was the undeniable fact that, “The whole lot in Scotland is stone, and all the things in the New World is wooden.”
To work round this, they constructed a whole 18th century Colonial city set. (Seen as Wilmington, NC, in the season premiere). Since the present has already been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, Davis says they’re conserving the set and “speaking about ways in which can be utilized for different locations” in the future.
Another excuse for the manufacturing’s reluctance to relocate? It was some extent of satisfaction for the first three seasons.
“We’ve all the time been blessed — it’s so uncommon to shoot in the precise location the present takes place,” she says. “It’s normally like, Vancouver [standing in] for Seattle. [Back in Season 1], once we discovered we might shoot the present in Scotland, we have been thrilled it was going to be so genuine.”
Oddly sufficient, nonetheless, as proud as “Outlander” is of its places, Davis received’t say the place precisely the Scotland scenes have been shot. She’s not being coy — it’s due to the nation’s uncommon legal guidelines.
“There’s a right-to-roam legislation in Scotland, the place you may just about go wherever you need,” she says. “Due to that, we prefer to attempt to defend a few of these individuals [who live near shooting locations] so that they don’t have too many individuals visiting their properties.”
However since the nation was integral to “Outlander’s” identification in its first three seasons, will the new setting change the present?
“I really feel like Scotland won’t ever depart us,” Davis says. “Actually this present is our ode to Scotland, our love letter. I introduced this present into our firm [Tall Ship Productions]. I adore it greater than another — which I don’t typically admit, since you’re not speculated to have favorites. However this one is simply actually close to and pricey to my coronary heart. It’s so arduous for me to tell apart, ‘Am I this script or second as a fan, or as a producer?’ Typically, 5 years in, it’s nonetheless arduous for me to take my fan hat off.
And since there have been so many Scottish immigrants that got here to the Colonies … we make an enormous deal of bringing Scotland with us,” she says. “And clearly the Scottish connection is so massive in Jamie and a lot part of who he’s as a person.
“That can by no means depart us.”