Things will be different when “Outlander” debuts its third season next year. Not only is Caitriona Balfe’s Claire back in her own time, but two decades of her being separated from Sam Heughan’s Jamie have also passed. With this premise, things might be a little bit more complicated than how it usually is for the star-crossed lovers.
Upon her return to Scotland after many years, Claire traces back the journey that she had with Jamie before they were forced to part. During her trip, she stumbles upon the fact that Jamie may not have died in the Battle of Culloden which is contrary to what she initially thought. But following her impulse to travel back in time and reunite with the Highlander comes the struggle of leaving their daughter, Brianna, played by Sophie Skelton.
With production on the series’ third outing already in full swing, executive producer Ronald D. Moore was asked on Twitter about the much-anticipated reunion between Claire and Jamie. Unfortunately for fans, it appears that the showrunner was not exactly forthcoming with any information. Moore actually shared that he knows the exact episode the scene will take place, only that he will not divulge it. He also threw into the mix that fans can expect more intimate scenes between the two leads.
Previously, executive producer Maril Davis spilled that they are not planning to give away the reunion easily so as to convey the gravitas of the situation. “I would hate to see them together immediately. Like I said, we’re still kind of figuring that out, but you should feel that 20 years has passed and it shouldn’t be easy,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “That’s a huge separation for them and they think they’ll never see each other again.”
With a big chunk of story happening with the lovers separated, it is almost certain that something happened and this will eventually cause friction between them. More so on Jamie’s part with the re-introduction of David Berry’s Lord John William Grey. If the small screen iteration will stick to its source material, Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” novel series, Jamie may even have a child with someone else than Claire.
It has not yet been revealed as to when “Outlander” will be back on Starz but the show is promised to return sooner to prevent a similar “Droughtlander,” the long hiatus period between seasons 1 and 2, from happening.