Starz and Sony Pictures Television have announced that production began today on season three of Outlander, and they’ve released a new photo of series heartthrob Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) getting touched up to mark the occasion. Click on the image for a larger version.
Season three is based on book three of the in Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book series, which is titled Voyager. The third season will be 13 episodes long. At the recent Edinburgh International Film Festival showrunner Ronald D Moore promised that season three will feel as different to season two as season two did to season one.
Outlander season three picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden re-appearance 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 (Sam Heughan) 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?
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.