Outlander season 6: Sophie Skelton opens up on ‘really brutal’ Brianna Fraser moment

Outlander cast tease details of ‘exciting’ season six

Brianna Fraser (played by Sophie Skelton) hasn’t had the easiest time in Outlander. After spending her childhood believing Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) was her father, Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) revealed she was actually the child of 18th Century highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Since then, she has learned she can travel back in time, was sexually assaulted by Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers) and almost lost husband Roger (Richard Rankin). The drama is only just beginning for Brianna as the Revolutionary War, which is fast approaching, is sure to cause more disruption.

Brianna has finally been able to try and put her assault at the hands of Bonnet behind her after shooting him in the head.

Their final exchange came after Brianna was kidnapped so Bonnet could try and get his hands on her son Jemmy.

Brianna had to pretend to be Bonnet’s ally in order to ensure she wasn’t killed and Jemmy would be as safe as possible.

Actress Sophie has explained her final scenes as Brianna with Bonnet were “the most challenging” and struggled to get into the role emotionally.

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She explained: “She’s very good at putting on a façade and really covering up what she’s feeling.

“So, this season, I’ve just loved that she’s actually been able to show it. Even in scenes with – the stuff with Ed.

“That’s probably some of the most challenging just because of the emotional place you have to put yourself in is really brutal.

“But I loved doing those scenes because I love that we get to see the Brianna who is very good at putting on an act and pretending she’s fine, but then actually, when the camera’s just on Bree and Bonnet can’t see Brianna’s face, we as an audience, get to see into Bree and see what’s going on inside, which hasn’t always been the case of Brianna for a lot of the seasons.”

Sophie is hoping viewers will get to see more of Brianna rather than her struggling to hold it together.

“I’m just excited that actually the audience can see both the façade and her inner thoughts for what they are as opposed to just being the strong, stoic Fraser,” she told Collider.

But fans could also get to see Brianna interact with more of the Fraser family.

She hinted she could meet her brother Willie after Jamie explained how they were related.

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“I think it will be really exciting to work with the actor who plays Willie, because I don’t know what age he’ll be at this point,” she noted.

“It’s always fun when you’re working with someone new on set.

“But mainly just sort of, obviously now that Brianna and Roger have stayed in the past, it just means that there’ll be some more Fraser time, which is always fun because as I said before, the season’s always so packed … but when we actually get some family time, it’s always good fun.”

To meet Willie, it could mean Brianna and Roger travel to England with their son Jemmy, or her half-brother could travel to North America.

It comes after Sophie hinted a return to the future for Brianna and Roger could also be on the cards.

She recently hinted viewers will see a more “modern” Brianna – does this mean she travels back through the stones?

Sophie teased in a recent behind-the-scenes clip: “What I will say is that we’re going to see a lot more this season of the modern Brianna in terms of her inventor cap will be on.”

Outlander seasons 1-5 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Starz now.

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