'Outlander' season 3 premiere date: Production to start this month

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The cast and crew of “Outlander” are gearing up to start filming the third season of the show just weeks after the emotional season 2 ending aired on Starz. Some members of the “Outlander” team started arriving in Scotland as executive producer Maril Davis tweeted on Monday, Aug. 1 that she is back in the country.

“Back in Scotland. Feels like I’ve been gone a LONG time,” wrote the producer. It appears that Sam Heughan is also in Scotland as he replied, “Welcome back! And it’s…Sunny?”

It looks like season 3 is about to start production this August, as Heughan said in a Twitter Q&A on July 21 that the new season starts “shooting next month.” The actor also revealed on the microblogging site that he is looking forward to filming Jamie (Heughan) and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) reunion scene, with the “MacDubh” scene a close second.

In the finale, Jamie urged Claire to go back through the stones to her own time in 1948 for her own safety, and for their unborn child’s protection as well. The final moments saw Claire 20 years after her return, still grieving Jamie as she believed that he died in the battle at Culloden Moor. But due to their daughter Brianna’s (Sophie Skelton) investigation aided by Roger (Richard Rankin) it was revealed that Jamie was alive, and the episode ended with Claire looking hopefully at the stones of Craigh Na Dun and plotting to return to the 1700s.

The third season of the series is based on Diana Gabaldon’s third “Outlander” novel titled “Voyager.” In the book, Claire manages to return to the 1700s and finds out that Jamie is now an owner of a print shop in Edinburgh. Once she finds him at the shop, the two have an emotional reunion, and later, they try to get used to being a couple again after spending the last 20 years apart. And while the first season was based mostly in Scotland and season 2 was partly based in France, the new season will take Jamie and Claire on a new adventure as they go on a sea voyage to Jamaica.

Season 3 of “Outlander” airs in 2017 on Starz.