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'Outlander': The ominous presence of villain Stephen Bonnet could be a blessing in disguise for a Fraser reunion

Brianna clearly looks like a mess in the 18th-century world. There's also a terrifying presence of season 4's deadliest villain, Stephen Bonnet.

Brianna Randall Fraser's time-travel episode doesn't look assuring going by the trailer and the episode's stills released. Even though her ex-boyfriend, Roger MacKenzie, also seems to be time-traveling, following her footsteps, it is pretty certain the 20th-century couple hasn't met in the 18th-century world.

Brianna was triggered to time-travel for two reasons; the first being a sudden discovery that her parents die in a fire in the 1770s something and running by the parallel calendar, she still has time to warn them and "prevent the fire."

Another reason is the dramatic breakup with the Scottish, Oxford professor, Roger, after he asked her to marry her because she is a virgin. Following the heartbreak and the discoveries Brianna (and Roger) made, she did not think twice before donning an 18th-century garb and taking a one-way cab to Craig na Dun to disappear through the stones.

Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall Fraser) - Outlander Episode 405 (Source: Starz)

The promos suggest Roger will do the same. But as assuring as that might sound, Brianna clearly looks like a mess in the 18th-century world. There's also a terrifying presence of season 4's deadliest villain, Stephen Bonnet. In the very first episode of the season, no time was wasted to introduce the pirate as a chilling character, who leaves nothing to chance.

Jamie and Claire Fraser first met Bonnet when he escaped his execution in South Carolina and took refuge in their wagon. He, at first, appeared to be charming and quickly gained Claire's sympathy and Jamie's confidence. However, despite promises that he is grateful and won't bother the Frasers again, he storms into their shelter at night, raids them, steals their jewels including Claire's wedding band and even murders their friend.

The Frasers recovered from the trauma and the loss over the succeeding episodes and in the last episode titled 'Blood of My Blood,' Jamie even replaced the wedding band Bonnet had stolen. But just when you thought Bonnet's evil shadow was erased, he comes wrecking wicked in the upcoming episode as seen in the 30-second trailer where he declares: "a wise man leaves things beyond his power to the gods, but on this ship, everything is in my power."

Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet), Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randal Fraser) - Outlander Episode 401 (Source: Starz)

Then he gives off the eerie smirk highlighting the vertical scar on his face as he lifts his head. If this isn't chilling enough, then I don't know what is. Actor Sam Heughan, who plays the heroic role of Jamie Fraser told the Hollywood Reporter Bonnet is "another version of a psychopath or sociopath," affirming "people are going to hate him". "He's so charming, so you kind of like him, but you find out later down the line that he does some really terrible things. He's a great new villain," Heughan stated.

Considering his words, as of now, with six episodes in, Bonnet featured in only one episode and as much as we hate him, he still hasn't topped 'Outlander' villain Jack Randall. Bonnet returning again only means that the worst is yet to happen.

However, being optimistic, if there's any good Bonnet could do, it is reuniting Brianna with Roger and her parents. The drama that's driven by fate works in strange ways, so that is how people without any means of communication end up meeting - completely relying on fate. This upcoming episode titled 'Down the Rabbit Hole' will witness Bonnet meeting either of the two new time-travelers - Roger or Brianna - as they set sail to colonial America in Bonnet's ship from Scotland. 

Bonnet already knows the Frasers and on reaching North Carolina, he may try to cause havoc again, because that's what villains do, and his acquaintance with the new time-travelers may all be fate-driven for a perfect, or most likely, highly imperfect reunion. Get your tissues ready! We will see the best and the worst soon enough.

'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 7 airs December 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.