OK, so there isn’t an actual date yet, but we do know it will air in September.
EDITED TO ADD: THE OFFICIAL DATE IS SEPTEMBER 10!!
Despite adding about five months to Droughtlander, this is actually a good thing. I feel that some of the problems with Season 2 could have been avoided if they’d had more time during the filming and early production process. So I’m crossing my fingers for some wise decisions to be made about the ship-going and island portion of the story.
Along with the September premiere date, Starz also released a summary of the season (basically the same as the one they already put out, but edited a little), which does not bode well:
The story picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?
I realize that they’re trying to build up tension, but let’s face it. More than half (if not significantly more than that) of their viewers have read the books, either before the show ever aired, on in response to seeing the show. We all know that Jamie and Claire are going to get back together and Things Will Happen™. So the fact that they’re putting so much emphasis on the time apart makes me think that we’re looking at more than a few episodes of separation.
When I did my season three speculation episode breakdown, I figured on about three episodes before the print shop in Edinburgh. There’s an awful lot to cover during the years apart, particularly for Jamie. But I also wrote my breakdown assuming the series would pick up in 1968 with Bree, Roger, and Claire. Obviously we’re going to get there because we have Joe Abernathy cast, but that summary basically says that the season will start in 1948 and 1746 concurrently.
Sigh. More freaking Frank.
The only good thing I can think of is that, after he’s dead, we will never see him again except in the rare dream/flashback. Same with BJR. And we have at least one more season after this one to live in the blissful world post-Randalls.
Den of Geek has a very comprehensive post about the latest news here.
In other news, I have obviously not yet done my Voyager re-read. I’m a terrible blogger, I know. I’ve been having a rough winter here with illness, injury, accidents, and holidays keeping me away from my keyboard. Plus I have a rather busy writing schedule for my fantasy romance series and a day job. So this blog is on hiatus, barring any Outlander news, for the next few months at least. I’m hoping to come back for the re-read sometime in the summer, a few months before the show returns.
Until then, try to get through Droughtlander as best as you can!