Although Starz may not be as well-known for its dramas as the likes of HBO and Showtime, the premium cable network has built up its fair share of critically acclaimed and fan-favorite offerings, including Power and Black Sails, as well as the comedy horror series Ash vs Evil Dead. However, one of Starz’s most notable shows is the Emmy-nominated drama Outlander, brought to life by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) from the fantasy novel series by Diana Gabaldon. Season 1 of Outlander followed book one of the series, while season 2 spanned the events of its followup, Dragonfly in Amber.
When Outlander returns for its third year, the show will pick up where season 2/Dragonfly in Amber left off – with Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) in her home time of the 20th century, while her husband Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) is still in the 1700s. Season 3 will adapt the third novel in Gabaldon’s series, titled Voyager. Now, production has begun on the new season of Outlander.
In honor of the new season, Starz released a photo from the set of Outlander featuring Heughan getting into character as the Scottish Highlander Jamie in addition to an official synopsis for Book 3. Take a look at the photo and synopsis:
Book three of “Outlander” picks up right after Claire (Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden re-appearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie (Heughan) suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
As with season 2, it seems Outlander season 3 will follow dual storylines, filling fans in on the events following the Battle of Culloden leading up to Claire and her daughter Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) trip to Scotland where they learned Jamie is still alive. Additionally, as season 2 introduced new major characters beloved by book fans in Brianna and Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), EW previously reported season 3 will bring Lord John Grey to life, to be played by Australian actor David Berry.
Of course, as book fans know, Voyager spans more of the world than previous installments in Gabaldon’s series, which has mainly stayed in Scotland. However, the larger scale of Voyager – which takes place in Europe, America, and Jamaica, with a good portion of the novel based in a ship as well – may mean the Droughtlander between seasons will be longer. Starz has yet to announce a premiere date for season 3, but with Outlander renewed through season 4, fans can rest assured plenty more drama between Jamie and Claire is on the way.
Outlander will return for season 3 on Starz.
Source: Starz, EW