Outlander returned for Season 3 back in September after a long hiatus, and we still have plenty of episodes left before another break begins. The good news is that Season 4 has already been ordered, and the show is already hard at work casting new actors for the next batch of episodes. Two memorable book characters have officially been cast for the new season: Jocasta Cameron and Stephen Bonnet.
Both Jocasta Cameron and Stephen Bonnet make their debuts in the Outlander saga in the fourth book, called Drums of Autumn. It's obviously much too early to say how faithful Season 4 will be to the fourth book, as we don't yet even know how faithful the end of Season 3 will be to Voyager, but at least readers can count on these two characters making it from the page to the screen, and venerable actors will tackle the roles. First up, we have Maria Doyle Kennedy as Jocasta Cameron.
Jocasta is Jamie's aunt, who has a strong will and will be called upon to give a hand to our heroes when they end up in dire straits, as is their wont. Jamie's family has come through for him and Claire in some of their most difficult times, and it seems likely that he'll call on one more family member for an adventure or two in Season 4. She'll be played by Maria Doyle Kennedy, who is best known for her role as Siobhan Sadler on Orphan Black.
Stephen Bonnet is an Irish pirate and smuggler who will undoubtedly cause his fair share of trouble. He'll be played by Ed Speleers of Downton Abbey fame, who is also known for Eragon in 2006 and Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016. A pirate/smuggler is quite different from the character he played on Downton Abbey, and it should be interesting to see how he does in this new role. TVLine reports that production on Season 4 kicked off this week, back in Scotland.
We won't be seeing either Jocasta or Stephen Bonnet any time soon, as we haven't even met all the Season 3 characters yet at this point. Still, the Outlander narrative is likely to move quickly now that Claire has finally made her journey back to the 18th century to join her beloved Jamie. There's still a lot to be covered, especially if the third season continues to (mostly) follow the events of the third book. We probably don't have to worry that we'll be bored waiting for these two newcomers.