On Friday night, a packed ballroom of Outlander fans at San Diego Comic-Con were in for a treat. They got to see the entire first episode of Season 3. For fans who were not fortunate enough to be in Southern California, the wait will likely last until September 10, when Outlander returns on Starz.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
The episode is titled “The Battle Joined,” and was said to have begun with 13 minutes of bloody battle sequences including a face-off between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and the sadistic Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). The episode went on to show how Jamie, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and Frank (also played by Menzies) coped with their new lives in the past and present, as reported by Variety. While no one so far is willing to reveal how Jamie survives and other specific details, it has been reported that the episode ends with the birth of Brianna. This is not surprising, as this beautiful redhead (Sophie Skelton) was depicted as an adult in the last episode that aired on July 9, 2016.
In the Season 2 finale, “Dragonfly in Amber,” we learned that the widow Claire, living in 1968, was now a surgeon, having spent the last 20 years in Boston with her first husband, the now-deceased Frank, and Jamie’s biological daughter, Claire. At the episode’s end, we learned that Jamie who was thought to have died at the battle of Culloden on April 16, 1746, had actually survived! Even for those who have not read the books by Diana Galbadon, it was a safe bet that Claire would find a way back to her beloved Jamie, but it was reported by TV Line that Claire and Jamie are “apart for a lot of this season,” according to Sam Heughan. However, fans are dying to see the infamous reunion between the two lovers that is expected to take place in a print shop sometime this season.
In addition to Balfe, Heughan, Menzies, and Skelton, the other panelists at Comic-Con included Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), surprise guest Graham McTavish (Dougal MacKenzie), author Gabaldon, and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis. The moderator was Jenna Dewan Tatum, a co-host of World of Dance, and the wife of Channing Tatum.
The cast was asked questions about their audition process, how they got to know the characters, where the characters are going next, and more.
“This season we got to really stretch the characters and go somewhere else with them and [find out] who they are after 20 years apart,” Heughan said to the crowd. “This time around, the characters have their own lives and go through all the emotions of grief and acceptance and losing someone they loved.”
Outlander is amalgamation of historical fiction, romance, adventure, and sci-fi/fantasy about a World War II combat nurse, who is on a second honeymoon with her husband after being apart for much of the past five years. She travels back in time to 18th century Scotland and finds her sexy ginger soulmate there.
Outlander was originally published in 1991 by Diana Galbadon, and has spawned nine prequels and sequels so far. The Starz TV series premiered in the U.S. in August of 2014. The events in season three mostly relate Voyager, the third book in the series.
Spoilers have been coming out for the past few months, but the trailer was released on July 18, as recently reported in the Inquisitr.
What are you most looking forward to seeing happen in Season 3 of Outlander?
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