While the end of another year of Outlander is exciting, fans are already dreading another Droughtlander. In order to alleviate some of the pain, here’s everything we know about Season 3.
According to Zap2it, the new season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, Voyager. Filming for the new season is expected to commence as early as next month.
Dragonfly in Amber had its own challenges in adapting to television, namely its complicated storyline. Executive Producer Ron Moore explained how Voyager is a different beast all together.
“Voyager is another challenge, a different challenge, for the show,” Moore told the outlet. “Fortunately, that story at least begins in Scotland, so we don’t have to immediately switch to France like we did this year.
The majority of the events in the book take place on board a series of ships as Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travel far from Scotland. The multiple changes in settings are one of the challenges Moore and his team are going to have to tackle.
“But I know we’re not shooting solely in Scotland — we have to find a ship and a tank and facilities and sets and the whole nine yards to do a sea voyage, because there’s an extended sea voyage,” Moore explained. “They sail that ship around the Caribbean, then there’s a hurricane and shipwreck.”
The shooting locations for Season 3 of Outlander have not been officially announced, though Moore is open to filming in South Africa and maybe even the U.S.
When opening up about the filming process, Moore told Cinema Blend that he is looking forward to Claire and Jamie’s long journey on the ocean.
“The technology now, between real ships like what they have in Black Sails and CG, it’s now developed into a place where you can believe it,” Moore shared. “It’s no longer just the models on the water tank at Paramount, which is clearly like this big. Now you can really realize on a television budget what Pirates of the Caribbean was doing 8-10 years ago.”
As was true in Season 2, Voyager will introduce a number of exciting new characters to the show. This includes a younger version of Ian, an older version of Fergus, and an adult Lord John.
Unfortunately, none of the new characters have been cast, though that process is expected to take place over the next few months.
Although fans are not looking forward to another Droughtlander, TV Guide is reporting that the coming break will not be very long. In fact, writer Matt Roberts recently revealed that the Outlander crew isn’t taking an extending break this year.
“Outlander is a beast of a show to produce, so if we took a normal break, a regular hiatus like a normal show, we would already be behind,” Roberts explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Now the fans can have it sooner than what they think. The Doughtlander won’t be as long as they expect.”
Roberts did not, however, reveal when fans can expect Voyager to premiere.
The new season of Outlander will contain 13 episodes instead of the 16 in Season 1, which should also help with the early release.
It isn’t known how early Outlander will return to television, though a few weeks or even a month isn’t out of the question.
Meanwhile, Scotland Now reports that Starz actually renewed Outlander for two more seasons instead of just one. Considering the show’s popularity, there is little question that Outlander will eventually catch up to Gabaldon’s 8th book.
Fans can watch the Season 2 finale of Outlander Saturday night on Starz and check out a preview below.
Season 3 of Outlander should premiere in early spring of 2017.
Now that Season 2 is going to end this week, thousands of fans are now looking forward to the upcoming “Outlander” Season 3. Recently, reports are claiming that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are spotted filming for the next installment.
There is no denying that “Outlander” Season 3 is now among the much-anticipated installments set to be released within 2016. Rumor mill is spreading that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe are already filming for the forthcoming “Outlander” Season 3.
Sources have claimed that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were sighted together with some cameramen. However, no enough proof could verify these claims.
In an interview with Scotland Now, “Outlander” Season 3 producers Ron Moore has revealed that the cast will start filming for the impending installment early Fall or late Summer. He added that fans should be expecting new more twists and turns in “Outlander” Season 3 as the production has hired new writers.
Though it was previously rumored that the “Outlander” Season 3 is set to film some scenes in the U.S., Ron Moore has announced that nothing is final as of yet but it is confirmed to be far from reality. The showrunner even said Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and the rest of the cast will be spending most of their time in Scotland and Paris.
Meanwhile, GamenGuide has previously reported that Caitriona Balfe is reportedly leaving Sam Heughan in “Outlander” Season 3. Rumors are rife that the actress will have to focus more on filming the “Money Monster” film alongside Julia Roberts and director Jodie Foster.
Several fans have speculated that Caitriona Balfe will be leaving “Outlander” Season 3 to Sam Heughan after the claims of Duncan LaCroix have gone viral. It can be recalled that the actor has divulged that Caitriona Balfe will be having the most emotional scene she will ever have in “Outlander” Season 2 finale.
Duncan LaCroix said that fans should prepare themselves as the might cry countless tears in the upcoming “Outlander” Season 2 finale. Meanwhile, “Outlander” Season 3 is said to be following the plot of the “Voyager” book by Diana Gabaldon.
Though no official air date has been confirmed until now, “Outlander” Season 3 is expected to premiere in January 2017.
Outlander is only a few weeks away from wrapping up its second season.
While fans wait to see what unfolds in the Battle of Culloden, Sam Heughan has opened up about the exciting finale, “Dragonfly in Amber.”
According to Enstarz, Heughan described the finale as “emotional.”
“I haven’t seen the last episode. Obviously, I was in it somewhere, but I just remember it being very, very emotional and critical, actually,” Heughan shared in a YouTube video with Access Hollywood.“The time is getting so close to zero hour, to the point that they have to stop history from happening. Whether or not they do is the spoiler.”
Whatever happens in the finale will be important to Heughan’s character, Jamie Fraser.
In the episode leading up to the finale, fans watched as Colum (Gary Lewis) declared Jamie the guardian of the Mackenzie clan’s heir.
According to International Business Times, Jamie wasn’t thrilled about his new position, though he couldn’t refuse such an important appointment.
Part of the reason why Jamie didn’t want the role was because Dougal (Graham McTavish) was eying the position.
Dougal is Colum’s brother and expected to become the clan leader or the guardian. However, Colum picked Jamie because of his leadership skills and the wars to come.
Because of his position as guardian, Jamie will try his best to keep the men underneath him as safe as possible. Considering the coming battle, that is going to be a difficult task to accomplish.
At the same time, Jamie’s sworn enemy, Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), went through some surprising developments in the episode.
Fans watched as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) allied with Randall, who hoped that she could save his brother from certain death. After Randall’s brother succumbed to his illness, he broke down and mourned.
In an interview with Variety, the entirety of which can be seen on YouTube, Heughan discussed Randall’s revealing moment in Season 2 of Outlander.
“At that moment when his brother finally dies, you see Randall mourn him then become very angry, and you see that dark side of Black Jack Randall again,” Heughan stated. “And that’s just a terrific moment.”
Meanwhile, fans can expect a lot of heartbreak in the finale, as well as a new twist.
According to Enstarz, writer Matthew B. Roberts hinted at an emotional episode in a series of posts on Twitter.
“Yes, Toni and I wrote the finale… I suggest tissue, whiskey, and tissue,” he wrote on Twitter.
For those who have read the books by Diana Gabaldon, there are still some surprises ahead.
In fact, Ron Moore opened up about the upcoming finale and what it might entail.
“Ultimately the show has always been about relationships. Not only is that the climax of history, but it’s also the climax of the relationships that are happening at the time. It’s all doomed, and we can’t stop history from happening,” Moore stated.
Heughan then told IGN that even book readers will be surprised by the finale.
“[Season 2] certainly has a climax. [Ron Moore] has also got some surprises,” Heughan said.
Unfortunately, Heughan failed to offer any hints at what those surprises might be.
In the meantime, Starz has released an official summary for the final episode.
“Claire and Jamie reunite with the Lallybroch and Mackenzie men as they train for war,” the network shared. “Jamie’s power struggles with Dougal and Claire’s personal battle with her memories of WWII weigh upon them, but new, helpful information comes to light when a young Englishman named William Grey pays a surprise visit to their camp.”
The Season 2 finale of Outlander, titled “Dragonfly in Amber,” will air July 9 on Starz.
“Outlander” star Sam Heughan decided to secretly help a group of drama club members in Borders, Scotland, after he received a letter from them seeking his help. In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, Australia, Charlie Dawson, who wrote the letter, talked about the drama club and how the actor helped them.
The Rowland’s Youth Charity was setup by concerned members of the community to provide an alcohol and drug-free centre for young people. The success of the Scottish actor Heughan inspired the group, and they wrote to the actor requesting him to lead the group in an acting class.
“Our Drama Club has been running for nearly a year now with a group of young people aged 12-19 attending every 2 weeks on a Friday. We do improvisation Workshops, games and are currently studying scenes from famous Scottish plays. At the moment we are looking at scenes from ‘The Steamie’ by Tony Roper. The group will split up into small groups of 3 or 4 and read through the scene then perform it for the rest of the group. Everyone then discusses the scene and what was good, what could be improved and how the characters were portrayed,” Dawson said.
Heughan has been busy on press tours, and filming the TV series. But, that did not stop the actor from recognising how important it is to nurture young talent, and promote organizations like the Rowland’s Youth Charity. He immediately contacted Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, of which he is a patron. The organisation conducts the annual National Festival of Youth Theatre, the largest annual gathering of youth theatres in the UK.
Young people from across the UK participate in workshops and have fun at the National Festival of Youth Theatre, and Heughan felt this is exactly what the group needs. The actor’s largest fan group The Heughligans donated the money needed for five members of the Rowland’s Youth Charity to attend the event, which begins from July 4.
“The National Festival of Youth Theatre is important to Rowlands as this is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to learn new skills and network with other young people with a shared interest in theatre. We will plan to learn as much as we can from other groups and bring the whole experience back to our own wee theatre group,” Dawson said.
Youth Theatre Arts Scotland has received £6,000 (around AU $10697) of the £15,000 (26,740) collected by the fans. This gives the drama club members free entry into the event. [Update: £15,000 was raised for two of Sam Heughan’s charities. Heughligans don’t handle any of the donations, and the amount that was raised for the purpose of the drama club has been donated to them in full].
The whole idea of approaching Heughan was a result of Dawson wanting to get a young person a course in drama, but this person couldn’t afford the fees at Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.
When Dawson received a phone call from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland office, informing her of the offer, she was “dumbstruck.” She was told that Heughan had personally spoken with the organization to help out the “wee group.”
“Rowlands and myself can never thank Sam or Youth Theatre Arts Scotland enough as this has given some of our young people a fantastic opportunity that they would never have had before as we as a organisation would not have been able to fund this,” Dawson said.
Talking about “Outlander,” Dawson said that it was her mum who first read the books by Diana Gabaldon, and she apparently “would not stop talking about them!” “When I found out that the series was coming out I was a bit sceptical as I did not know how they would be able to match the books but I was proven wrong the show is fantastic,” she said.
Unfortunately, Outlander fans have yet to see Jamie and Claire live their lives as parents. A few weeks back in Season 2, Claire’s pregnancy took a turn towards tragedy when she miscarried and her daughter was stillborn. No one can deny that she was the cutest and badass fake-pregnant woman TV has seen in a minute. Plus, watching Jamie adore his expecting lady was basically everything and more. And, ummm, that epic sex scene that took place when Claire was mighty pregnant? That happened. Not only did it happen, but actress Caitriona Balfe told Rolling Stoneshe and her hunky, single co-star Sam Heughan “loved the scene” as much as we did.
“Sam and I fought to keep the belly bump in… Why should that be a taboo?,” she told the magazine. “It’s the one safe space for them in this time where they’re kind of estranged from each other, and they’ve been struggling with their intimacy — and the fact that this is what brings them together, this unit of a family that they’ve become… I think it’s a very sexy thing.” Sexy indeed. And even though I think the two stars have what it takes to have a red-hot romance off-screen, do they feel the same?
I caught up with the stars at LA’s Paley Center for Media recently and picked their brains about how they feel they would be as parents together in real life. Neither are parents in real life, and well, let’s just say they’re really, really good at acting.
“Oh, wow. [There would] probably [be] a lot of bickering, I would imagine,” says Heughan. “Certainly any children would have a very dodgy accent,” the 36-year-old jokes. He adds that Balfe would be the one to lay down the law. “I would like to think that I would be very relaxed, but actually would probably be kind of tough,” he says. “No, I think I’d be pretty relaxed. Yeah, she’d be tough. Very tough.”
Woah, woah. Is Balfe that hardcore? Actually, yep. She confirms she pretty much is. “I don’t know how much co-parenting would be going on. I think I’d probably be left holding the baby,” the 36-year-old actress says, laughing. “Oh, I’d be strict. He’d be MIA, are you kidding me? He’d be like, ‘Oh, I’m just going to go climb seven mountains this weekend, I’ll see you on Sunday night.’”
Hey, gotta give it to them for being honest. Maybe they’ll get another shot at being parents in seasons 3 or 4 (which are officially happening!) and their acting chops will really be put to the test. Until then, a girl can dream.
With only days left in Season 2 of Outlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) have taken to the killing fields for the battle of the Scots against the British as they attempt to reinstate a Jacobite king on the throne of Great Britain.
On Saturday night’s Prestonpan episode, trusting in Claire’s knowledge of history, Jamie leads the Jacobite army into a critical battle with British opposition near the town of Prestonpan, even as Claire tends to the dead and dying, a reminder of the true cost of war.
“Episode 10 is my favorite,” Heughan told Parade.com at the Paley Center for Media event The Artistry of Outlander. “It is very rewarding as a Scotsmen and a fan of history. Some of the episodes focus on individual characters, but this one focuses on everyone. Everyone is affected by the battle and everything that happens to them.”
Then he adds with a smile, when asked about costuming for the battle scenes, “The Scots fought naked, or at least dropped their kilts. You will have to watch the episode to see if we do that or not.”
Returning to Scotland has been healing for Jamie and Claire, but in the last episode, when the Fraser men were training for war, the sounds of gunfire and battle gave Claire flashbacks that took her back to the World War II battlefields in France. Momentarily incapacitated, it was obvious she was suffering from PTSD.
“I think a great healer of any kind of trauma is being able to share it with someone,” Balfe says. “I think once Claire shared it with Jamie, it was a big relief for her and it released some of that pressure cooker that she’s been feeling. It releases the pain and the tension, but she knows how tough war is. She knows what they are about to face. Since her miscarriage, Claire is a more fragile woman. She has always had such a strong core, but having such a traumatic event happen not that long ago, she’s a little raw at the moment. But I think you will see her gather herself together and be by Jamie’s side, and be the useful nurse that we know her as.”
Episode 10 of Outlander airs Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on STARZ, but first read the rest of the interviews with Heughan and Balfe:
Can you talk about what a changed man Jamie is in these last four episodes. He’s back in Scotland, back in his kilts and finding his niche.
Sam: Absolutely. At the start of Season 2, he was half the man he formerly was. He still had a lot to deal with psychology-wise. Then Randall kind of frees him. The fact that Randall is still alive is such a relief to Jamie and he can take control of his destiny, which he does. Of course, it causes problems between him and Claire, but ultimately, by the time they get to these last few episodes, Jamie’s released and finding his feet again, and turning into the man who he is supposed to be, which is as a leader of men. He is a natural clan chief. He is a natural leader and it was a real payoff to play those episodes.
In these final four episodes, you are out on the battlefield, will there still be intimacy between Claire and Jamie?
Caitriona: We have seen in Episode 1 that Claire comes back in a certain condition and that doesn’t happen … there’s not a stork that comes. But the relationship is what is the center of this show. We have always said if there is sex, if there is violence, it is there for a reason, it tells you something about where they are. There is a war looming. They are on the road, it would feel trite to put in a non-essential scene.
I think as we saw in episode 8, Scotland is a very healing place for them, and their bond is set now. They are a team and they are fighting together and they are trying to change history, I believe that intimacy is there. Paris was a very poisonous place for them. Now that they’re back in Scotland, they’ve put that behind them.
Sam: Let’s hope so. We know that she’s pregnant when she goes back to the stone, but you can expect a lot of things to happen before that moment.
Claire is very resilient in 1700s in Scotland, would Jamie be as resilient in 1960s in Boston?
Sam: He is a forward thinking man. If Claire were there, he would learn to adapt, but I think it would be quite a stiff learning curve. He would have no patience for many things, but he would probably like airplanes, I imagine.
You have a 90-minute episode coming up for the finale. What can you share?
Sam: In the finale, you will have to tune in to find out, but from episode 10 on down, we really are coming down to zero hour. It is all about this point in time, which is the Battle of Culloden and whether we can stop it or not. That is what is going to happen between then and now.
Most episodes we shoot far more material than we need. Each one could be feature-length. We do shoot for a long time. We probably shot 10 or 11 months this year, and we do press, so the show is all-encompassing. Now the pickup for seasons three and four are going to take us another couple of years.
The Artistry of Outlander exhibit at the Paley Center for Media will run throughout the summer and will take visitors into 18th century Parisian society, where they will be able to view iconic costumes designed by Emmy® Award-winning Costume Designer Terry Dresbach as well as actual set pieces from Outlander production designer Jon Gary Steele, life-size episodic photography, and behind-the-scenes video segments.
Outlander’s racy scenes have been a talking point since the show first aired in 2014 — breaking the standards of what sex scenes look like on television and pushing characters and plot lines forward. And, well, they’re just good.
But they’re not always so good to film, says the perfectly chiseled Scottish actor Sam Heughan. Speaking with Variety, the star said they are actually “so not sexy,” but appreciates them for the reasons we all do.
“We always talk to the producers and the writers and work out how it moves the relationship forward or what it reveals about the character. But our show is definitely a central relationship and so we learn a lot about our characters through their sex life,” he said.
His co-star Caitriona Balfe tends to agree.
“The sex scenes are never very easy to film,” she told USA TODAY. “You’re usually not wearing an awful lot in front of a room of probably about 20 crew so it’s always slightly awkward.”
But for the complicated relationship between Claire and Jamie Fraser, the scenes are crucial in telling the story of the couple’s emotional connection, or periodic distance, as viewers have seen in season 2.
“As we go on in the season and the show, you’ll see it always tells an important part of Claire and Jamie’s relationship, so it’ll be there when it’s important,” she says.
And as far as any mishaps, there’s only been once momentary misplacement of Sam’s modesty pouch.
“Luckily I was very far away from that so my eyes didn’t start to burn.”
OUTLANDER actor Sam Heughan’s ‘My Peak Challenge’ charity campaign has raised £225,000.
The Scottish celebrity will donate the money to blood cancer charity, Bloodwise.
The charity will use the money raised to help to fund a clinical trial of a pioneering new method of treating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), one of the most aggressive blood cancers.
Heughan launched the ‘My Peak Challenge’ campaign in January this year, which asks participants to commit to completing a new challenge, be it learning a new skill or reaching a new fitness target.
Heughan, 36, and his ‘Challengers’ were able to raise the incredible sum thanks to donations from all over the world by those inspired by people’s incredible feats.
The money will be able to fund two thirds of the of the clinical trial to be held at Oxford University which will see a new drug, made in collaboration with Stanford University in California, tested on leukaemia patients for the first time.
Doctors hope that the new drug will help enable patient’s immune systems to kills cancerous cells and be able to fend off the disease returning in future.
Heughan shared the success with his 254,000 followers on Twitter on Tuesday night.
He said: “Here’s the final total! Can’t thank you all enough! #peakers #supporters
“Every step taken, every goal achieved!”
Speaking about the success of his charity mission, he said: “It’s been brilliant to see this campaign evolve and I am thrilled by the amount it has raised for the charity.
“Participants have achieved amazing results and broadened their horizons.
“This will have such an impact on blood cancer research and help improve the lives of patients with one of the most aggressive forms of the disease”
His loyal army of fans were quick to praise the star’s charitable achievement and shared their own pride in being involved in the cause.
@JoeyBierly said: “This never would have been possible without you Sam. You inspired us.”
@AnneSMueller commented: “I’m so proud to be part of it even if it’s not much from my side. Thank you so much, Sam, for mobilizing the Clan.”
And @HintonAlisa said: “The clan has spoken. So proud to be a part of it. Be proud Sam.”
The types of challenges undertaken by participants for the charity range from people being inspired to try their very first 5k run, to others who have scaled mountains and ran marathons.
The clinical trial that the money raised will support is for a drug called Hu5F9-G4, which it is hoped will help stop signals from a protein called CD47, which prevents the body’s immune system from destroying cancer cells.
There are already plans underway for a follow-up ‘My Peak Challenge’ in 2017.
Before dawn on a freezing morning last winter, Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, who play soulmates Claire and Jamie Frasier, arrived on set in the rugged Scottish countryside to shoot a heartbreaking scene for the Season 2 finale. The pair soon got chills—and not from the cold.
“When the sun came up, there was this magical layer of snow,” recalls Heughan, who makes fans swoon as the heroic 18th-century Highlander in love with feisty time-traveling former WWII battlefield nurse Claire. “The whole place looked like a Disney set. It was perfect for such a powerful scene,” Balfe adds.
But the action on Outlander, as fans well know, is far from Disney fare. This season has seen the couple challenged by a move to France, the fallout from Jamie’s rape in prison, the devastating loss of their child and now the impending Battle of Culloden, a clash between Scotland and England that will kill thousands and wipe out Highland clan culture, which the duo failed to stop. “Jamie thinks he’s going off to die [in battle],” Heughan teases. “His hand is forced and some of his actions have dire consequences. Ultimately, he and Claire get trapped.”
The action in the supersized 90-minute finale cuts between Claire and Jamie dealing with a disastrous chain of events leading up to the war in Scotland and incidents that happen more than two centuries later, in 1968, when a middle-aged Claire visits Scotland with her 20-year-old daughter, Brianna, or “Bree” (Sophie Skelton), whom she has raised with husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) despite her undying love for Jamie.
To prepare to play an older Claire, Balfe watched films starring some of her favorite actresses—Charlotte Rampling, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep—and compared performances they gave in their twenties to those later in life. Balfe changed the register of her voice, deepening it to give her character more authority, and she even tweaked her posture. “I was interested in how she carries herself, how the weight of experience rests on her,” Balfe says. “In 1968, Claire’s got all of these memories flooding her mind. Everything is unnerving her.”
Claire’s distracted mood doesn’t sit well with Bree, who is suspicious. “She thinks her mom’s lying to her,” Skelton says. “Bree’s a very logical person. She majored in history! And she’s strong-willed.”
The mother-daughter tension builds to a powerful argument. The scene, created by writer-producers Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts, was penned before the rest of the script so it could be used to audition actresses for the part of Bree. The moment will be familiar to readers of the bestselling Outlander novels—but not an exact copy. “We’re very mindful of the mass of loyal book fans,” Roberts says. “We try to give them what they want, just not how they expect it.”
The quarreling mother and daughter get a mediator in the form of another new face in the series, a grown-up Roger Wakefield (Richard Rankin), whom viewers met in previous episodes as a boy in 1940s Scotland. “Roger’s intelligent both academically and emotionally, and he’s quite charming,” says Rankin, a Scottish actor who grounded himself in the role by spending two weeks in the Highlands before shooting began and found a visit to the Culloden battlefield “deeply haunting.”
Roger is instantly smitten with Bree, and the two soon join forces to unlock some secrets from the past. “For her, it’s more about the excitement of solving this puzzle,” Skelton says. “Bree isn’t very easily swept off her feet.”
A good portion of the finale, however, deals with Claire’s inner emotional life in 1968 as she revisits some of the places she knew with Jamie in the 1700s, including their onetime home, a now dilapidated Lallybroch. “It was really sad because it looked so abandoned and discarded,” Balfe says. “It’s the tragedy of time and what it does to places.”
No matter how time and fate conspire to drag Claire and Jamie apart, “This is a love story. They’re lovers who are meant to be together,” Graphia says. “It’s safe to say they’ll always find each other. We just don’t know when, where and how.”
Outlander, Season Finale, Saturday, July 9, 9/8c, Starz.