9 Things To Know About Jamie And Claire’s Return

Droughtlander is almost over! “Outlander” Season 3 will premiere this weekend, but fans might want to prepare themselves. There are few things fans will want to know before heading into the new episodes.

Premiere Date — The start date is probably the most important part. If you weren’t one of the lucky fans attending an early screening, then you can watch on the Starz app or TV channel. Simply tune in at 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 10 (remember, the show is no longer on Saturdays).

The Book — If you’re a speed reader, you might be able to catch up on Diana Gabaldon’s source material. The third season will cover her third book in the “Outlander” series, “Voyager.” Gabaldon didn’t write any episodes this season, but she is credited as a consultant.

Separation — Romance fans love “Outlander,” but Jamie and Claire won’t be living out their happily ever after fantasies this year. In fact, they won’t be doing anything together for the first several episodes. Jamie’s story will follow what happens during and after the Battle of Culloden, but Claire will be in the 20th century adjusting to her new life with Frank in Boston. It will take Jamie and Claire several episodes to reunite.

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will raise her baby with her first husband in “Outlander” Season 3. Photo: Starz

Vignettes — Though the Season 2 finale skipped ahead to Claire deciding that it’s time to go back through the stones, viewers will get a better look at the last couple decades. The first several episodes will examine significant moments that have happened to the couple during their 20-year separation.

Jamie Changes — Expect some serious character development to happen during the separation. Sam Heughan warned that his character would be different without Claire by his side.

“He’s lost Claire,” Heughan told Collider. “And he goes through some quite dark moments. Talking about spoilers here, but, it takes some quite big things to happen to his extended family for him to realize that he still has people to live for, and something to live for. But yes, absolutely he changes.”

Jamie (Sam Heughan) will be different after surviving the Battle of Culloden in “Outlander” Season 3. Photo: Starz

Claire’s Marriage — While Jamie is still in his own time, Claire will be trying to raise his baby with her first husband Frank (Tobias Menzies). Though they agreed to stay together and raise Brianna as their own, Claire will have…

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