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Season Three Returns in September, 2017!

NEWS!!! Released on Wednesday, February 15, 2017!

(It’s now 28 million copies, but who’s counting….? Thanks to all of you!!!)

Starz and Sony Pictures Television Announce ‘Outlander’ To Return in September, 2017

Production Transfers from Scotland to South Africa to Shoot Last Five Episodes; Co-stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan Say “Goodbye to Scotland” in Video for Fans

claire-jamie-close2Beverly Hills, Calif. – Today Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, announced that season three of the Golden Globe nominated series ‘Outlander’ will return in September 2017. The third season will include 13 episodes based upon VOYAGER, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series. In March, production and filming on the current season moves from its home base in Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa, to shoot pivotal sea voyage scenes on the former sets of the STARZ original series ‘Black Sails.’ Production on the season began in September 2016 and will wrap in June 2017. ‘Outlander’ will attend San Diego Comic Con again this summer, offering fans a chance to experience more of this beloved series in person.

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?

Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz said “While ‘Droughtlander’ will last just a little longer, we feel it is important to allow the production the time and number of episodes needed to tell the story of the VOYAGER book in its entirety. The scale of this book is immense, and we owe the fans the very best show. Returning in September will make that possible.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television said, “With the scope of the production and all of the intricate details that go into the Emmy-nominated sets and costumes, we had to make sure everything is kept to the high standard of the previous seasons and Diana Gabaldon’s beautiful story. We’re so proud of the incredible work that Ron and the Outlander team have done.”

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The ‘Outlander’ series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one grandiose tale. The second season of ‘Outlander’ won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favorite TV Show.

(Click here for more information about the ‘Outlander’ series from the Starz network’s website.)

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  1. Dear Diana, first I want to thank you for the Outlander Books, that I call my box of chocolates (who is on diet knows what I mean): I read them very slowly so as not to consume them all ;)
    Because I love the way you write, I finished the ebook “I Give You My Body…How I Write Sex Scenes” (in Italian edition) and there’s this text from your blog, about the Rule of Three (Jamie and the Rule of Three here in the site, but the comments are closed): “Outlander’s internal geometry consists of three slightly overlapping triangles. The apex of each triangle is one of the three emotional climaxes of the book: 1) when Claire makes her wrenching choice at the stones, 2) when she saves Jamie from Wentworth, and 3) when she saves his soul at the Abbey.”
    First of this, you wrote another three situation, so jamie saves three times the life of Claire: Jamie marries Claire in order to save her from Black Jack Randall; he save her from Randall at Fort William; he save her again (the three) from Wentworth, sacrificing himself. This is another triangle, I presume, other vertices. They’re six vertices…but three triangles are nine vertices…what are the three missing? I don’t understand…and I always hated geometry! But I want to know what are the other significant events, for you, of the structure of the book.
    Thanks very much.

  2. I so love your books! I look forward to the next. You made reference in an earlier post to disgruntled book fans and I laughed. I suppose I am one! I cannot bring myself to watch the series, though everyone tells me how good it is. I cannot get past the actor that plays Jamie. How often you refer in your books to Jamie’s brilliant red hair – and yet, there he is on film with hair that barely qualifies as red. In the pictures I need to look close to see that it really is red and not brown. It is certainly not a colour that would ever make him stand out in a crowd – or be such that he would have to cover it when he goes into hiding. Given that the colour of his hair was such an important element of the book, I keep wondering what on earth the thinking was on that?


    • Loved ALL of your books! You can’t write them fast enough for me. Looking forward to Book 9. While waiting watching “Outlander” on Starz. Especially love Jamie, soooo hot. You couldn’t have chosen better actors for the series! Can’t wait for season 4!

  3. Hi!
    I read the whole Outlander series. Some books in French, most of them in English. .
    Now watching the series , really amazing.

    I am planning a trip in Scotland next April 2018.
    I am researching the names of some places. I have looked for some XVIII century maps but the ones that I found are not too good.
    Would you know where I should look for maps where maybe I will find some cities, villages where the action of the Outlanders were. Did the names have changed? The major cities are easy to find.
    I still have to read th “Lord John ” series, I will take more notes.

    Your books are incredible for details…
    Keep the good work!

    A French Canadian fan!

    Note… I am not on Facebook…

  4. I am thrilled with the books. The history and detail is remarkable. As an ex nurse mother of adult children and a Christian your writing has engrossed all my senses. Such a gift thank you

  5. Dear Diana just a question ,will there be season 4of the series on tv thank you
    Filomena vitoratos

    • Season 4 is being filmed and produced now. The date for showing the new season on Starz in the U.S. has not been announced yet.

  6. Dear Diana just a question ,will there be season 4 series I love them I’ve read all the books and waiting for book nine patiently and also waiting to see if there will be a new series thank you ,Filomena

    • Filomena,

      Yes, there will be a season four! Just wrapped up with filming, in fact. Will be out in some markets in fall, 2018, apparently.


      Diana’s Webmistress

  7. Merci pour cette saga, j’ai eu peur de regarder la série télévisée, ce n’est jamais le reflet des livres. Mais je n’ai pas été déçue, je trouve les épisodes dans rendu, l’essentiel y est, pour les fans, les détails viennent recoupés sans mal la série. Est ce que la série télévisée ira jusquà la fin de l’histoire du roman. J’attends avec impatience la série 4 en France, encore merci.

    Google Translate:
    Thank you for this saga, I was afraid to watch the TV series, it is never the reflection of books. But I was not disappointed, I find the episodes in rendering, the essential is there, for fans, the details are intersected without difficulty the series. Will the TV series go to the end of the novel’s story? I look forward to the series 4 in France, thank you again.

  8. Diana,

    I am one who has watched the series fiest and now I have just finished book 1, which was great, your attention to detail especially in history aspects is astounding. I had an issue with season three that seem to take a different turn from the first two seasons in that it seem to make Clair more of a mother figure to Jamie rather then an equal which is what I believe is your intention from your first book. I think with this whole women’s movement that is happened in the past year the writers felt that they needed to do something but I feel that they have gone overboard and trying to make Clair too strong of a women and it’s actually coming off as a little bit annoying in my opinion. There is one episode in particular where he says something to her and she turns around and gives him “the look”, you know the look that all of us mothers use make our kids cower in fear and that is exactly what he did and it mad me cringe. There are many other examples but I won’t get into all of that so I guess my question is, since I haven’t made it to book 3 yet. Is this really what Jamie has become after being apart from her for so long? Is he really so afraid of losing her that he will just let her do an act however she wants? As a reader it makes me not want to read any further, I am a strong woman who doesn’t need a man but I love having a man in my life but I wouldn’t want one who I have to treat like my child, I want to equal in life not another child. I thought the whole series was more about a couple who stayed togetger and go through many obstacles but they do it as equal partners and that’s how they get through it.

  9. Just catching up on season 3 and Young Ian has just met Claire. I’m confused by the choice to have him be so fair haired on TV. Did you have any input on this costumeing choice? Ian has always been described as having dark hair.
    Waiting excitedly for the new book!


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