Outlander Season 2 ended with Claire and Jamie both alive, but living close to 200 years apart. With the production for the third season currently underway, and a fourth already confirmed, fans can't wait to see what adventures lie ahead for the Fraser clan.
Outlander premiered on Starz two years ago. Since the TV show is an adaptation of author Diana Gabaldon's books, it came with a built-in fanbase, who were eager to see Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall be brought to life on the screen. When the first season hit screens, new fans were drawn into the enticing time-traveling world of Outlander, and they too experience the famous 'Droughtlander' for the lack of episodes between seasons. Well, let's try and remedy that by keeping up with news, rumors, updates and pretty much everything you need to know before #OutlanderSeason3 finally premieres.
This post will receive constant updates before Season 3 of Outlander debuts - as well as after - so that you can be caught up with the Frasers and their story. So, make sure to bookmark this page!
Outlander Season 3: News, Rumors & Updates
[UPDATED: 10/07/2016] The Outlander Clan Grows Even More
After Cesar Bomboy joined the Outlander Season 3 cast as the grown-up Fergus, it's time for Lauren Lyle to be welcomed into the clan. Lyle will be playing Marsali, who is the daughter of Jamie's old flame, Laoghaire. Book readers will know she'll be an intrinsic part of the third season, but suffice to say that it was no coincidence that Starz broke the casting news for Fergus and Marsali together on Twitter.
Romann Berrux, who brilliantly played young Fergus last season, will also be back "for a while" when Outlander Season 3 premieres:
In addition, Starz has announced the casting of young Ian - Jenny's husband and Jamie's brother-in-law - and Joe Abernathy, Claire's best friend during her time living in Boston in the 1950s.
[UPDATED: 10/01/2016] A First Look At Outlander Season 3
EW released a set of five new promo shots for the next season of Outlander - currently in production. From the photos, it's clear that Season 3 will pick up in the moments after Jamie sent Claire back to Frank - and safety - during the Battle of Culloden.
According to producer Ronald D. Moore, the battle will feature more prominently in the premiere than it did in the finale: "It just felt like we have been promising it for a while. We should give the audience some sense of what happened on that moor.”
It is during the battle that Jamie will once more meet his nemesis 'Black' Jack Randall, played by Tobias Menzies. According to Sam Heughan, their face-off has been a long time coming.
Caitriona Balfe, who plays the leading lady Claire Fraser, added that the first episodes will bounce back between Jamie's 20-year journey, and Claire's. So, brace yourselves not only for some Jack Randall time, but some Frank also - especially as a father to Brianna.
Wee Fergus Is All Grown-Up Now
As much as we all loved Romann Berrux's portrayal of young Fergus, when Season 3 premieres it will encompass a 20-year jump from where the second season ended. Thus, it's only just that the wee pickpocket grows up and becomes a bonnie lad.
César Domboy will play the adult Fergus, according to EW. The official description of the character praises Fergus's "strong sense of loyalty and decorum" and his unwavering devotion to Jamie. If producer Ronald D. Moore sticks to Fergus's book story, the "charming and devilishly handsome man" will find himself love in the next season.
Outlander Season 3 Production Starts
Starz shared a message from Sam Heughan - Jamie Fraser himself! - kicking off the production for Outlander Season 3. With Culloden Moor in the background, the footage points to a Jamie POV episode of the battle of Culloden, after he sent Claire - and baby Fraser - through the stones back to the 1940s. Check out the video below:
Outlander Season 3: Premiere Date
So far, all that it is known about the premiere date is that Outlander Season 3 will debut in 2017. A definitive date is yet to be settled upon.
Outlander Season 3: Trailer
Since Outlander didn't make an appearance in San Diego Comic Con this year - and because the production for Season 3 has only just started - there are currently no official trailers for the next season of Outlander.
Outlander Season 3: Plot
Following Diana Gabaldon's book series, Season 3 will be based on the third book: Voyager. Since the TV show messes with the timeline of the books - in the most positive of ways - the third season will open with the Battle of Culloden, and what exactly happened to Jamie in the aftermath.
The book also addresses the new-found love between Brianna and Roger, Claire's travel back in time to find Jamie, and their journey to the Colonies - all of which will probably feature in Outlander Season 3.
Outlander Season 3: Recaps And Reviews
Every week, soon after the new episode airs, you'll find the latest in-depth recap here. Be sure to check back as Outlander Season 3 premieres.
Outlander Season 3: Characters
Straight from the book pages, Outlander's characters are key to understanding the story. They are:
—Claire Beuchamp Randall Fraser: After everything Claire has endured in the first two seasons, she's now 20 years older but still deeply in love with Jamie. She makes a choice to leave her daughter behind in 1968 and go back to her true soulmate - 200 years earlier - through the stones of Craig Na Dun.
—James Alexander Mackenzie Fraser: Having sent Claire back through the stones in 1746 - so that she and their unborn baby could live on - Jamie enters the battlefield in Culloden ready to meet his maker. Little did he know he'd meet someone else instead...
—Brianna Randall: The surprise of discovering her true father wasn't the man who had raised her is still fresh for Brianna, but she doesn't have to go through it all alone. Similarly to her mother Claire, Brianna also finds her true love in Scotland, along with a new adventure of her own.
—Roger Wakefield: The Reverend's adopted son had a lot on his plate last season, serving as both friend and researcher for Claire and her daughter Brianna. When Season 3 picks up, he's in love and very much curious about his own family tree.
—Murtagh Fraser: Jamie's godfather may have received orders to head straight back to the family home of Lallybroch, but he'll be damned if he ever leaves Jamie to fight a war on his own.
—Frank Randall: Claire's first husband died in Season 2 - which prompted the Randall women to travel to Scotland in the first place - but he'll still be seen in flashback throughout the story.
—'Black' Jack Randall: Jamie and Claire's nemesis back in the 1700s, Randall will finally get his wish of a one-on-one time with Jamie this season.
—Lord John Grey: He made his first appearance last season - in the episode Je Suis Prest - when he ventured into the Jacobite camp and got played by Claire and Jamie. Season 3 will see an adult Grey who, as a higher officer to the British army, will carry much more weight in what happens to Jamie after Culloden.
Outlander Season 3: Cast
What would Outlander be like without such a perfectly cast Jamie? Or without the brilliancy of this award-winning talented ensemble?
—Caitriona Balfe: Balfe's performance as Claire Randall Fraser has earned her two Saturn Awards, a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination. The Dubliner actress portrays a strong and heroic type of heroine in Claire. Balfe most recently featured in Jodie Foster's Money Monster.
—Sam Heughan: The Scottish actor was the first member to be cast, and the one to receive the book author's seal of approval. Upon seeing Heughan's audition, Diana Gabaldon said "that man is a Scot to the bone and Jamie Fraser to the heart." Coming from the theater himself, Heughan is a patron for the Youth Theatre Arts Scotland.
—Tobias Menzies: Menzies is, by now, well known to HBO's audiences. He appeared in Rome and Game of Thrones - where he plays Edmure Tully. In Outlander, he is both the caring and gentle Frank Randall, and the cruel and sadist Jack Randall - which landed him a Golden Globe nomination this year.
—Lotte Verbeek: The Dutch actress played Claire's time-travelling friend Geillis Duncan in Season 1. We also saw her in a flashback in Season 2, and if the series sticks to the books, we might get a glimpse of her later in Season 3 as well. She's best known for her role as Giulia Farnese in The Borgias.
Outlander Season 3: Spoilers
Since Outlander derives from Diana Gabaldon's books, there's plenty that might get spoiled for non-book readers out there. That's why the predictions for every new episode will be posted separately in a trailer preview here, once Season 3 premieres.
New To Outlander? Catch Up With Seasons 1 & 2:
- If you just bought your first kilt, this is where you start! In the following posts you'll find out everything that happened in the show's two first seasons, to get you up to speed before Outlander Season 3.
- Outlander Season 1 Recap
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 1: Through A Glass, Darkly
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 2: Not In Scotland Anymore
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 3: Useful Occupations And Deceptions
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 4: La Dame Blanche
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 5: Untimely Resurrection
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 6: Best Laid Schemes
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 7: Faith
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 8: The Fox's Lair
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 9: Je Suis Prest
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 10: Prestonpans
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 11: Vengeance Is Mine
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 12: The Hail Mary
- Outlander Season 2 Episode 13: Dragonfly In Amber
Where To Watch Outlander Online
Enjoy the hiatus and catch up on Season 1 and 2 of Outlander in these streaming sites:
—Amazon: You can watch it with Starz on Amazon for a 7-day free trial.
—Netflix: Currently showing Season 1 only.
Outlander Book Series
Diana Gabaldon is the mastermind behind Outlander and all the twists and turns Claire and Jamie face along their way. The series may be on its third season on Starz, but the first book come out in 1991! With the TV show running at least as far as four seasons, if you're interested in knowing ahead - or avoiding 'Droughtlander' - in between seasons, here are the eight books released so far.
- Dragonfly In Amber
- Drums Of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breath Of Snow And Ashes
- An Echo In The Bone
- Written In My Own Heart's Blood
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