Earlier this year, Starz revealed that Outlander Season 3 will premiere in September, which marks a bit of a delay since the second second debuted last April and ended last July. That report revealed production has spanned from September 2016, wrapping in June 2017, with the show's loving fans calling this delay the "Droughtlander." Earlier today, Starz helped make this Droughtlander more bearable by releasing the first official trailer, which gives us a glimpse at Claire's (Caitriona Balfe) return to her old life.
Starz's Carmi Zlotnik said in February that she felt it was important to give the production the extra time they needed to adapt the third book in Diana Gabaldon's fantasy novel series, entitled Voyager, with production moving from its base in Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town portion of the production will utilize sets previously used by another Starz series, Black Sails, for a number of "pivotal sea voyage scenes." This season will mark the biggest challenge for Claire and Jaime yet, as they're both separated by hundreds of years.
In Season Three of Outlander, the story picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie's 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? The trailer, which debuted during the series premiere of the new Starz series The White Princess, ends with Jamie making a promise to find Claire again, as he's seen screaming her name.
Book Three is set to premiere in September 2017 and will include 13 episodes based upon the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon's international best-selling Outlander series, entitled Voyager. Production and filming on the third season continues in Cape Town, South Africa. New cast members this season include Hannah James and Tanya Reynolds as the Dunsany sisters Geneva and Isobel, César Domboy as an older version of Fergus, Lauren Lyle as Marsali, one of Laoghaire's (Nell Hudson) young daughters, Marsali, John Bell as a young Ian Murray, Will Johnson as Joe Abernathy and David Berry as Lord John William Grey.
Diana Gabaldon's eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The Outlander series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure in one grandiose tale. Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television. Take a look at the new trailer for Outlander Season 3 below.