The new season of the time traveling Starz drama Outlander is finally here. After a 14-month break (which according to USA Today, fans have called droughtlander) season three is set to begin this Sunday, September 10th. And, according to star Sam Heughan, this is the best season yet.
“…an epic season, I think it’s our best yet. The title is Voyager, and it’s definitely that,” Heughan, who plays Jamie, told USA Today. “The journey picks up from the end of Season 2, Jamie sends Claire back from the stones, and goes off to the Battle of Culloden, essentially to die. History says that Culloden was a great defeat.”
Season two of Outlander left off with Jamie and Claire being torn apart, not just by distance, but by time. Jamie stays at Culloden in 1746, to fight in a battle that Claire believes he won’t survive. Claire jumps to 1948, where she is pregnant with Jamie’s baby. She is living in Boston and in a marriage of convenience with Frank.
Jamie ends up surviving Culloden. And when Claire finds out, she can’t rest until she finds out what happened to Jamie. She will do anything to get back to him. Even leave her daughter, Brianna.
Heughan and his co-star, Caitriona Balfe who plays Claire, talked about the upcoming season. Balfe says that Claire would have never gone back to Frank and the 20th century if it wasn’t for the fact that she was pregnant. She would have stayed with Jamie on the battlefield. She was willing to die.
Once Claire realizes Jamie is still alive, she wants to go back. She gets her daughter’s permission to leave her behind and go back to the love of her life. But when she finally goes back, it’s been 20 years since they have seen each other.
Heughan says it’s what happens after they see each other again that is the most interesting. Scotland is left behind for the Caribbean.
The season is based on the third novel of the series, Voyager, written by Diana Gabaldon. It starts this Sunday, September 10, at 9 pm on Starz.