3:30 pm EST, March 5, 2015

‘Outlander’ new art: 10 things we love

Outlander just released new images in advance of their April 4, 2015 return.

Fans loved the initial artwork when it debuted in the summer of 2014 in advance of the show’s premiere in August. It was the first time many fans were able to picture what relative unknowns Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan would be bringing to the iconic roles of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser. Fortunately for Starz, they nailed it. Fans were thrilled with what they saw.

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Now, Starz is hoping fans will love the second half of season 1 art just as much.

It’s a much darker second half and the artwork echoes that. The new image acts as a continuation of the premiere key art, but with a dark and dangerous tone. It depicts heroine Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in a moment of confrontation rather than one of transition. She and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) have moved closer and are now a united front.

As opposed to reaching back and trying to stay connected to the life and husband she left in 1945, this new image depicts Claire brandishing a dagger at “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies). A reverse shot of “Black Jack,” as seen from Claire and Jamie’s perspective, shows the peril they face and what they are up against during the second half of this season.

Here’s what we love about these images in no particular order:

1. The hair

Yes, we know this is a little shallow, but Claire’s hair is practically a character in the book and the way that “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ” it won’t behave. There’s also Jamie’s hair, which is growing longer. Can that iconic plait be far off?

2. Claire taking charge

Granted Jamie is there to back her up, but it’s a fully confident Claire who’s holding a knife to Black Jack. This is not a damsel in distress. It’s a damsel who will cut your bloody arm off, and who knows exactly where to stab you for optimum blood loss.

3. Jamie staring at Black Jack

This is key because Jamie is focusing on the immediate danger of Black Jack. He’s not distracted by what Claire might do. He’s ready to jump in and finish the job after Claire takes the first stab.

4. Bye-bye Frank

Claire’s not got any lingering confusion that Black Jack may have any of Frank’s sense of honor in him. It’s all about “stay away from me.”

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