Season Two of the Outlander television series premiered on April 9, 2016. It consists of 13 episodes, adapting the content of the second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber. The first twelve episodes are each about an hour long, while the season finale runs at about 90 minutes.
Season 2 begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart, and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant, but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history presents challenges that begin to weigh on the very fabric of their relationship. However, armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising, and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.
|201||Through a Glass, Darkly||Writer: Ronald D. Moore||Director: Metin Hüseyin||April 9, 2016|
|Returning to her own time, Claire must reconcile her future with the life she left behind. Shifting back to 18th century, Jamie, Claire and Murtagh arrive in France, but learn that Paris presents its own challenges.
|202||Not in Scotland Anymore||Writer: Ira Steven Behr||Director: Metin Hüseyin||April 16, 2016|
|Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham's presence brings complications.
|203||Useful Occupations and Deceptions||Writer: Anne Kenney||Director: Metin Hüseyin||April 23, 2016|
|Political machinations dominate most of Jamie's time, while Claire puts her healing skills to use. Their plan to stop Culloden moves along, but the forward momentum is jeopardized by past actions.
|204||La Dame Blanche (Episode)||Writer: Toni Graphia||Director: Douglas MacKinnon||April 30, 2016|
|Claire and Jamie throw an elaborate dinner party intended to derail investors in Prince Charles' war effort. Meanwhile, Claire's revelation that Jack Randall is alive sparks Jamie in an unexpected way as he and Claire struggle to regain their physical intimacy.
|205||Untimely Resurrection||Writer: Richard Kahan||Director: Douglas MacKinnon||May 7, 2016|
|Reunited, Jamie and Claire attempt to extinguish the fires their dinner party ignited; however, Claire is set off on an unexpected change of course. Jamie and Claire’s relationship is put to the ultimate test when the past rears its ugly head.
|206||Best Laid Schemes...||Writer: Matthew B. Roberts||Director: Metin Hüseyin||May 14, 2016|
|Jamie and Claire use Claire's medical knowledge to devise a scheme to stop a wine deal which could fill the Prince's war chest. When Claire learns Jamie has gone back on his word, the couple are met with dire consequences that will forever change their lives.
|207||Faith||Writer: Toni Graphia||Director: Metin Hüseyin||May 21, 2016|
|Claire is brought to L'Hôpital des Anges where doctors try to save her life and that of her unborn baby. King Louis asks Claire to judge two men accused of practicing the dark arts – one an enemy, one a friend.
|208||The Fox's Lair||Writer: Anne Kenney||Director: Mike Barker||May 28, 2016|
|Claire and Jamie call upon Jamie's grandsire, Lord Lovat, in an attempt to elicit support for the Jacobite cause. However, a visiting Colum MacKenzie has other plans, and Lord Lovat's manipulative machinations ensure that no matter what, his own interests will be served.
|209||Je Suis Prest||Writer: Matthew B. Roberts||Director: Philip John||June 4, 2016|
|Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and MacKenzie men as they train for war. Jamie's power struggles with Dougal and Claire's personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.
|210||Prestonpans||Writer: Ira Steven Behr||Director: Philip John||June 11, 2016|
|Trusting in Claire's knowledge of "history," Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Preston. Meanwhile, Claire attends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the truest costs of war.
|211||Vengeance is Mine||Writer: Diana Gabaldon||Director: Mike Barker||June 18, 2016|
|Claire and the Highlanders are sent north after the Jacobite leaders decide to halt their march on London. A band of redcoats makes trouble for the Scots, leading to a most unexpected reunion for Claire.
|212||The Hail Mary||Writer: Ira Steven Behr and Anne Kenney||Director: Philip John||June 25, 2016|
|As Jamie puts all of his efforts into turning the Jacobite army away from the impending slaughter at Culloden Moor, Claire attempts to comfort the sick Alex Randall. She is stunned when Alex reveals an outrageous plan to save the mother of his child.
|213||Dragonfly in Amber (Episode)||Writer: Matthew B. Roberts & Toni Graphia||Director: Philip John||July 9, 2016|
|Flashing forward to 1968, Claire travels to Scotland with her twenty-year-old daughter, Brianna, and meets Roger Wakefield. Claire visits Lallybroch and Culloden Moor to make peace with the past, while Brianna and Roger bond over researching Randall family history. Claire finally reveals the truth to Brianna about her time travel through the stones, her life in 1700's Scotland, and Brianna's true parentage. The story is intercut with another one back in the 18th century, which happens on the day of the Battle of Culloden. When Jamie's last-ditch attempts to deter the Prince fail, he and Claire come up with a dangerous plan – which Dougal overhears, inciting him to a murderous rage. Jamie must do everything he can to save the ones he loves, even if it means saying goodbye to some – or all – of them.
- The series was announced for renewal on August 15, 2014.
- Richard Rankin was announced as Roger Wakefield on December 14, 2015.
- Sophie Skelton was announced as Brianna Randall on January 28, 2016.