It’s a bittersweet time for “Outlander” fans. On the one hand, next Saturday (July 9) they’ll be treated to a 90-minute finale that the executive producers have said is an outstanding episode.
On the other hand, with the finale begins another Droughtlander until Season 3. To help ease the pain, Zap2it has put together all the tidbits we can round up about Season 3. Warning: Light spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the books.
Shooting begins soon
Showrunner Ron Moore revealed in a Twitter Q&A that shooting for Season 3, which is based on the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s series, “Voyager,” will begin in “late August/early September.”
The locations are both known and unknown
“‘Voyager’ is another another challenge, a different challenge, for the show,” Moore tells Zap2it. “Fortunately that story at least begins in Scotland, so we don’t have to immediately switch to France like we did this year. 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. They sail that ship around the Caribbean, then there’s a hurricane and shipwreck.”
He adds that the Caribbean scenes are going to be the most challenging part of Season 3 and that he is most looking forward to shooting “all the ship scenes.”
As for the sea voyage, Moore said in his Q&A that shooting in South Africa, where they could use the sets and tanks built for Starz’s pirate drama “Black Sails,” is “under discussion.”
Will the show ever shoot in the U.S.?
Book readers know that by the end of "Voyager," Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) have washed up on the shores of the 18th-century United States. Moore says that shooting in the U.S. won't happen in Season 3 and that there have been "no decisions beyond that."
Season 3 casting
Moore says he is most "looking forward" to casting "young Ian and older Fergus." But he adds that no characters, including adult Lord John, have been cast yet.
Adapting the books
One might think that adapting "Voyager" would prove just as challenging, if nto more so, than adapting "Dragonfly in Amber," but Moore says this is not the case. "['Voyager'] is already proving much easier," he says.
The season length
While Season 1 was 16 episodes, Season 2 was only 13, which is the plan going forward, for now. "The plan is 13 [episodes] per season but always subject to change."
"Outlander" airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.