Outlander returns to Starz on September 10 at 8 p.m. ET to continue the time-tripping saga of lovers Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe), who, when the season begins, are not just separated by continents but by centuries. The story picks up where it left off, meaning season three will focus on events from Diana Gabaldon’s third novel in the series, Voyager.
Heughan and Balfe gave Parade a sneak peek of what to expect as the new season of Outlander unfolds.
The Battle of Culloden
A badly wounded Jamie has a major confrontation with Dragoon Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). The two opponents will lock eyes on the battlefield and then the sword fight is on! “I love our fight,” Heughan says. “We worked on that scene for a while.”
Claire returns to Frank and gives birth to Brianna
By returning to the 1940s to give birth, Claire gives up everything important to her. She tries very hard, but her marriage is one of convenience. She may admire Frank, her 1940s husband (also played by Tobias Menzies), but she can’t find the passion she has with Jamie.
“There’s a lot of anger, a lot of regret,” Balfe says. “If it hadn’t been for Brianna, Claire would have stayed with Jamie, would have gone to Culloden and would have gladly died on that battlefield next to him.”
When Claire discovers Jamie could still be alive, she leaves her daughter behind—forever!
Claire, Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Scottish historian Roger (Richard Rankin) search in the 1960s for clues to Jamie’s fate. When they discover he may have survived, she decides to return to the 18th century, knowing doing so means she can never see her daughter again.
“That was a really tough part,” Balfe says. “We talked a lot about how to convey that. Bree finally is the one that tells her to go. Without Bree’s permission, she never could.”
Love may not be as easy the second time around
Twenty years have passed since Claire and Jamie were together before, and a lot has changed. When Jamie sees Claire again after all those years, it’s a complete shock.
“This angel again comes into his life,” Heughan says. But the most interesting things, he adds, are “everything else that happens after.”
The next adventure: Jamaica
A family emergency necessitates Jamie and Claire to set sail to the Caribbean. In order to actually film scenes onboard ship, the cast and crew of Outlander relocated from Scotland to South Africa to use the vessels on the set of TV’s Black Sails.
“It was amazing,” Balfe says. “It was such a completely different environment than what we’re used to.”
I’ve added scans to the gallery of the new Outlander issue which include new photos of Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, and Cesar Domboy. Thanks to my friend Mary for these. Check out the scans below and enjoy!
Caitriona was recently interviewed by The Culture Trip. Check out the cute interview below.
The first thing everyone noticed was the pairs upon pairs of actual Scottish legs.
When the cast and crew of Outlander descended upon Cape Town Studios in South Africa earlier this year, the arid temperatures forced everyone out of their woolen hats and puffy coats and into the least amount of clothing possible. But no one was prepared to see such an overwhelming display of pasty dermis while filming the third season of the Starz drama.
“I was like, oh my God, you have legs,” recalls executive producer Maril Davis. “It was like a mini-vacation in some ways because the weather is so much different than what we’re used to in Scotland. I mean, I’ve never seen most of the Scottish crew’s legs before. I have never seen so much leg skin in my life.”
And yet that was probably the least astonishing thing about filming on the 495-acre studio lot about an hour outside of Cape Town. Previously used for movies including The Dark Tower and Mad Max: Fury Road, producers chose the location because of its impressive collection of two- and three-masted vessels that were used as pirate ships on Black Sails, Starz’ pirate drama that ended its run in April. When Outlander’s third season debuts Sept. 10, two of those ships have been transformed into the Artemis and the HMS Porpoise — a brigantine and a man-of-war that will play a major role in Jamie and Claire’s excellent adventure to the Caribbean. And EW was on set right when the ships were preparing to set sail (so to speak).
For the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, we went behind-the-scenes of the South Africa shoot to find out what the drama has in store for its 5-million plus fans this fall. And since no one image can best capture the unique experience, we’re publishing three covers! The first two below, featuring Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) individually, will be available to subscribers and on newsstands on Friday. The third, showing the happy couple together, will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Or you can buy the whole set here.
2017: Entertainment Weekly (Outlander Issue) – Photoshoot
2017: Entertainment Weekly (Outlander Issue) – Behind the Scenes
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Check out Sam and Caitriona play Would You Rather: Feminist Edition for Marie Claire.
Caitriona Balfe, the star of Outlander, shares the best advice she’s ever received.
Check out Sam and Caitriona play Two Truths and a Lie for Marie Claire.
What’s going to happen when the star-crossed lovers finally reunite?
Okay, she might have thought Jamie was dead, but still, when Outlander’s Claire went back to her 1940s life, leaving him to deal with the Battle of Culloden in ye olden days, it did seem a bit harsh. But fear not—as we’ve seen in the Outlander season three trailer, our favorite time-traveling couple will finally be reunited after 20 years on Starz come September. Sounds like the most romantic moment ever, doesn’t it?
But, according to Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire, reality might get in the way of the mushy lovefest we’re expecting. “I think maybe the obvious way of doing the reunion would be violins playing, and angels singing, and a sun shaft coming through the window,” she told ELLE.com at Starz’s TCA party in Los Angeles. “I hope that what we’ve done is try and ground it as much in realism as we can. I think it’s really awkward, and funny, and sweet, and endearing.”
It’s only natural that after 20 years apart, a lot has happened to the two as they’ve lived separate lives. Claire and Jamie have a daughter he’s never seen, Claire’s become a doctor, and there’s major drama with her husband Frank. So, just a few small issues then.
“I think Claire and Jamie have both had each other on pedestals for 20 years,” Balfe said. “So when you finally see the object of your love and desire again in the flesh, it throws out everything you thought you would do.” Their separation doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that a quick catch-up over coffee would adequately cover, but luckily it sounds like the pair’s off-the-charts chemistry will win the day. “I think they’re not quite sure what to do with their bodies or their words,” she said. Sounds like things will get pretty steamy, then.
But will the couple stay together for good this time? “I think that physically and emotionally, even though we don’t show this part of the journey ever, of her passing through time, I think it takes an awful lot from someone,” Balfe said of Claire’s time-traveling. Still, given just how difficult her travel through the stones is, she’s not going to undertake it lightly: “I think each time is quite dangerous. You’re never sure if you’re going to land in the right time, or any of those things. I would have to imagine, and I don’t know, because I have not read past book four, but I would have to imagine that once she finds Jamie again, she’s not going to let him out of her sights for too long.”
It also helps that Balfe doesn’t hate playing opposite the gorgeous Sam Heughan as Jamie. “I feel very fortunate that I have a partner like him to work with, it’s all good,” she said. Then she gave us a cheeky smile and added, “He’s a god, let’s be honest. He’s as good in real life as he is on TV.”
A god? Good, we’re on the same page then.
It’s not quite the same as seeing the entire premiere episode at Comic-Con, but Starz has released new video from Outlander that shows key moments from the first few episodes of season 3.
In the video dubbed “Parallel Lives,” Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser) provide narration as scenes of from the Culloden battle and Claire’s new life in 20th century Boston flash on the screen. Frank (Tobias Menzies) makes an appearance, as well as Brianna (Sophie Skelton), Lord John Grey (David Berry), Joe Abernathy (Wil Johnson), Jamie’s sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly), and Fergus (Romann Berrux).
On July 21, Starz premiered the entire first episode of season 3 after the show’s panel discussion at Comic-Con. You can read about it here.
Outlander premieres on Sept. 10 on Starz.
I will be adding all the videos and photos of Caitriona from San Diego Comic Con in this post throughout the weekend so it’s all in one location. If you are interested in seeing Sam’s coverage from San Diego Comic Con, visit Sam-Heughan.com. I do want to say thanks to Alikat, Claudia, and FFA for a few of the photos.
2017: July 21 – SDCC – Panel
2017: July 21 – SDCC – IMDB Boat
2017: July 21 – SDCC – Sirius XM
2017: July 21 – SDCC – Entertainment Tonight
2017: July 21 – SDCC – EW Studios
2017: July 21 – SDCC – TV Guide
2017: July 22 – SDCC Event
2017: July 22 – SDCC Event – Vulture
2017: July 22 – SDCC Event – EW After Party
2017: SDCC Photo Session (Entertainment Weekly)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (Entertainment Weekly) – Behind the Scenes
2017: SDCC Photo Session (TV Guide) – Behind the Scenes
2017: SDCC Photo Session (TV Line)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (BuzzFeed)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (LA Times)
2017: SDCC Interview (EW)
2017: SDCC Interview (IGN)
2017: SDCC Interview (TV Line)
Outlander: Season 3 – Promotional Images
Outlander: Season 3 – Unsorted Stills
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