The season three trailer for Outlander is here. When World War II nurse Claire Randall found herself hundreds of years in the past, all she wanted to do was go home to her husband Frank. But over time, she fell in love with Jaime Fraser, a highlander who was a bitter enemy of Frank’s own ancestor and chose to stay in the past. So when season two began with Claire in 1948, it was clear that something terrible must have happened to send her home. Still, she remained in her own time for twenty years, with Frank and her daughter Brianna. Only to decide to go back, and find Jaime once more.
Most of the second season was spent in 1744. What little was shown of Claire’s time was specifically in the years 1948 and 1968, with almost none of what happened during the 20 years between explained. However, it looks as though season three will focus on what happened with Claire, Frank, and Brianna during the time between Claire’s return home and her decision to leave once again. As well as showing what happened to Jaime after he and Claire separated in the midst of the Battle of Culloden.
Starz has now released a full trailer for season three, which focuses heavily on Claire’s relationship with Frank, whereas the earlier teaser trailer was far more from Jaime’s perspective. Both trailers demonstrate one thing very clearly though. No matter how many centuries separate them, Claire and Jaime’s love remains as strong as ever. Though whether they find each other again, and how much time has passed for both remains to be seen.
The trailer begins with Claire trying to settle into her life with Frank and baby Brianna – who is actually Jaime’s daughter. It’s clear that even though she is back to living in the 40s, Claire cannot stop thinking about Jaime, who she believes died the same day she left. Her marriage to Frank suffers as Claire keeps letting herself get lost in the past. Meanwhile, Jaime survives but struggles with the continued presence of English soldiers and tragedies in his family. While in 1968, Claire and Brianna try to trace Jaime’s whereabouts through his life. So that whatever time Claire finds herself in once she travels back, she will be able to locate Jamie once more.
The official synopsis of the season – which is based on Voyager, the third novel in the Outlander book series – emphasizes both characters’ struggles to move on as well as to find each other again Though noting that if they ever do reunite, things will not go back to the way they were before:
The third season of “Outlander” picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie 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?
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