Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan tease some juicy insight on what awaits Claire and Jamie in OUTLANDER season 3.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers to OUTLANDER’s season 2 finale and vague spoilers to OUTLANDER’s third book Voyager by Diana Gabaldon.
Season 2 of Outlander was filled with secret plotting, tragedy and tension. Right off the bat the second season began with a disoriented Claire as she returned to the year 1948. The rest of the season was a flashback of the events that led to her return. In the seasons finale titled “Dragonfly in Amber,” we learn that it was Jamie who pushed Claire to return in order to save herself and their unborn child while Jamie was destined to die in the
Battle of Culloden.
Lost in the tragedy of leaving Jamie in battle, it seemed like their love story was at its end. However, those who’ve read Diana Gabaldon‘s books know that is not the case. With eight published books (and the TV show confirmed for a season 3 and 4) we can assume that Claire and Jamie will reunite. The fact that Claire finds out Jamie survives the Battle of Culloden, in the season 2 finale, reinforces the possibility of a reunion.
However, it’s not the question of whether they will reunite but “how will it be when they do?” Twenty years have passed after the Battle of Culloden and being apart from each other and in different time periods Claire and Jamie have most definitely changed. Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, gives us some insight on his observation on how his character will be taking in the separation:
“There’s a lot of challenges to season 3 — there’s a period of time where Jamie and Claire are apart; he thinks that he’s lost her, or at least that she’s alive and well but in the future, so what is he living for? What sort of man is he now?” Heughan observes. “She will eventually return, but they’re both older, so what is Jamie, who is the man he’s become in the time since they last saw each other?”
Season 3 will most likely center around these questions. The love story will most likely change because the characters will change. Being separated two decades both, Jamie and Claire, will have to “relearn what it means to be a couple again.” Caitriona Balfe admits that she is eagerly anticipating season 3:
“I think what’s going to be most exciting is the reunion between Claire and Jamie and them discovering each other again and falling in love all over again,” she tells Variety. “I think both of them have probably held each other up on a pedestal for 20 years, so in many ways, they’re going to have to destroy that image first before they can fall in love with the person right in front of them, and that’s going to be really interesting. I love the complexity of that, because you can’t be in love with a ghost, and Claire is in many ways in love with Jamie’s ghost, as Jamie is in love with her ghost, and that’s not the people they are when they see each other again.”
Another big change for season 3 will be the inclusion of Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna. With the big time jump of twenty years, we are introduced to Brianna as an adult and we witness her discovering the truth about her real father, Jamie. Fans are going to be reeling for a father-daughter introduction.
Other characters that seem likely to return are Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall, both played by actor Tobias Menzies. No script has yet to be given to any actors for season 3 but if you’ve read the third installment to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, “Voyager”, you may know that Black Jack does appear again.
Season 3 will be a new chapter to the Outlander series. “There’s a lot of travel involved, and I think that’s the joy of the show — it’s never the same thing, it’s constantly moving, so next season should be quite an adventure.”