Outlander season 3: air date set for September 2017

Outlander season 3 release date

We’ve received news in our inbox today that Outlander season 3 will return to Starz in the USA and Amazon Prime Video in the UK at some point in September 2017.

The official press bumf also confirms that Outlander season 3 will consist of 13 episodes, which will adapt Voyager, Diana Gabaldon’s third book in the Outlander series.

In March, production of the new season will move from Scotland to Cape Town “to shoot pivotal sea voyage scenes on the former sets of the Starz original series Black Sails“.

Filming will continue until June, before the core cast and crew head to San Diego Comic-Con in July.

Outlander season 3 synopsis

The aforementioned press materials also included this hefty synopsis, unveiling some Outlander season 3 plot details… 

“The story 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?”

Outlander season 3 cast

Previously, we heard that Outlander has cast Australian actor David Berry (A Place to Call Home) in the important season 3 role of Lord John William Grey, the former British soldier turned governor of Ardsmuir Prison who will become friends with Jamie while the latter is imprisoned under Lord John’s care. Here’s the full character description from Starz…

Lord John William Grey is a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.

This won’t be the first time we’ve seen Lord John on the show. He popped up as his 16-year-old self (played by Oscar Kennedy) in season two when he tried to arrest Red Jamie, only to give the Jacobite army vital information about the nearby English army in exchange for Claire’s perceived-to-be-in-danger honor. Exhibit A…

When we next meet Lord John, he is a decade older, but still remembers his earlier encounter with Jamie. His sense of honor is still there, though, and the two become friends, despite their different circumstances. Lord John is a popular book character who has his own spinoff novellas series in the Lord John stories.

More as we hear it.

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