Outlander fans have been suffering through this Droughtlander for nearly a year since season two of the hit Starz series ended last July. When we last left her, Claire Randall Fraser learned that her Scottish husband Jamie did not die at the 1746 Battle of Culloden — but now she’s stuck in 20th-century Boston. What happens next? Luckily for fans, season three isn’t too far off! We’re sharing the top things you should know about Outlander‘s upcoming season, including plot details and casting announcements. Read on to learn all about Outlander season 3 below.
1. Outlander’s third season will follow the plot of Voyager.
As with seasons one and two, season three will follow the third book in author Diana Gabaldon’s series.We meet up with Claire 20 years after she first traveled back in time to the 18th century, and Gabaldon confirmed via Twitter that the upcoming season will closely follow the book:
2. The plot switches between several time periods.
When we left Claire at the end of season two, she had discovered that Jamie was alive — but the two are separated by time and space. In season three, the plot will reveal how Claire and Jamie reunite once more in the 18th century, as well as what happened in the time they were apart, including Claire’s life as a mother to daughter Brianna.
3. Season three will feature more of Frank Randall than we saw in the book.
Claire and her first husband Frank were separated for almost three years, and then she showed up pregnant with another man’s child. Of Frank’s role in season three, Gabaldon tells TV Guide, “They’ve expanded that end of the story a little bit, but they’ve done it well, very consistently.” Will we learn more about Frank’s life during the time Claire was back in the 18th century? How did this affect their marriage?
4. There will be an epic final showdown between Jamie and Black Jack Randall.
The Battle of Culloden brings the two enemies face-to-face once and for all. Sam Heughan, the actor who plays Jamie, told Entertainment Weekly: “Tobias [Menzies] and I love doing the battle scenes. It felt very intense, very emotional for both characters. Something they both have been seeking.”
5. Jamie and Claire are in for an amazing reunion.
The Frasers have been apart for 20 years, and they obviously have a lot of catching up to do! Heughan teased details on Twitter: The lovers’ reunion in a print shop will indeed make its way to the screen. Caitriona Balfe (Claire) discussed the emotional implications of the reunion in an interview with Variety, saying: “I think both of them have probably held each other up on a pedestal for 20 years, so in many ways, they’re going to have to destroy that image first before they can fall in love with the person right in front of them, and that’s going to be really interesting.” Balfe also promised some steamy romance scenes: “I don’t think the sex going to be as scarce as last season, shall we say?”
6. Our favorite characters will set sail for a change of scenery.
The action of this season will take Jamie and Claire across the Atlantic. Director Ron Moore told fans at Comic-Con: “I can’t wait to get out to sea. That’s what [I like], doing the tall ship section… I want to do the whole sea chase; that whole section is really going to be fun.”
Filming is taking place all over the world, including Glasgow standing in as a fictional Boston, where 20th-century Claire and Frank live, and South Africa as the Caribbean, where the Frasers travel to after leaving Scotland.
7. Several new men are joining the cast.
From left to right: Lord John Grey will be played by Australian actor David Berry, and Fergus, a street urchin adopted by Jamie in season two, is all grown up and will be played by French actor César Domboy. Additionally, we learned about the casting of two more main characters back in September: Young Ian, the son of Jenny and Ian Murray, will be played by John Bell, and Wil Johnson stars as Claire’s 20th-century colleague, Joe Abernathy.
8. But wait, that’s not all — we also have our Captain Leonard and Mr. Willoughby.
Actor Charlie Hiett has been tapped for the role of Captain Leonard, a young and inexperienced seaman who meets Jamie and Claire aboard the Artemis. Additionally, Gary Young will play Mr. Willoughby, a Chinese immigrant acquainted with Jamie.
9. Some new ladies have also been added to the season three cast.
Laoghaire’s daughter, Marsali, will play an important role this season, and Lauren Lyle has been cast in her role. The Dunsany sisters — Geneva and Isobel — are to be played by Hannah James and Tanya Reynolds, respectively. Jamie met the Dunsany sisters and their family in England, and with this casting, it seems the show will explore that story line in the upcoming season.
10. Plus, the cutest character of all time has been cast: Meet Rollo!
Young Ian’s hybrid wolf-dog, Rollo, will be played by a pair of adorable puppies. Gabaldon tells Entertainment Weekly, “They should be just right to play Rollo when the time comes. They’d need to growl and look menacing on command, I think, and carry back prey of one kind or another to their master. I assume they wouldn’t let them catch things on camera… especially fish, of course.”
11. The first trailer is out — and it’s a doozy.
Fans around the world rejoiced when this trailer debuted in April. You can view it here:
12. Fans must wait until September for the season three premiere.
Unfortunately, the Droughtlander is going to last a little bit longer. Starz recently announced that the show’s third season will premiere in September, although an exact date has not yet been specified. Dinna fash, Sassenach — the time will come before we know it!
What are you most excited to see in Outlander season three? Let us know in the comments!