Droughtlander is in full effect. So far I’ve spent it forcing friends & family to watch the show, as well as read the novels. It’s been a successful endeavor as of yet.
Here’s what we know so far- season 3 is in production, it will be 13 glorious episodes, and, obviously, based on Diana Gabaldon’s third book in her Outlander series, Voyager.
According to the STARZ press release last month, Outlander will pick up immediately after the events of the second season. Will viewers get instant gratification regarding the outcome of the battle of Culloden? In the novels, the lives of Jamie and Claire post Voyager are mainly flashbacks, it’s going to be very exciting to see their time apart on screen. We will also Claire, as well as Jamie, aged up this season. Speaking of aging…
They’ve cast adult Fergus! Entertainment Weekly reports that César Domboy will play adult Fergus. Romann Berrux will be missed, but my lady parts greatly appreciate Domboy’s casting. Adult Fergus is charming, dangerous, and unwavering in his loyalty to the Frasers.
Speaking of lady parts, while the character may not be a fan of them, they are a fan of Australian actor David Berry, who will take over the role in season three. We briefly saw the character in season two, played by Oscar Kennedy. He was the young Brittish soldier who attempted to save Claire from the heathen Scots in the episode “Je Suis Prest.”
I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll just put the official description of the character from Starz, here: “He’s a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.”
John Bell has been cast as Young Ian Murray, Jamie’s nephew. He’s a sweet boy who yearns for adventure when we meet him in the novels, leaving home at a young age, desperate to prove he is a man. Viewers will fall in love with this character.
And finally, in one of the very few castings we will have of cast during Claire’s time, the handsome and distinguished Wil Johnson, (yes, your lady parts will be working overtime this season), will take on the role of Joe Abernathy. Claire and Joe meet during medical school, where they are both outcasts in the nearly all-male, all-while surgical field. Joe and Claire have a great familial type of affection for each other. He’s a wonderful character, looking out for Claire and her loved ones even after she returns to Jamie.
Who will be cast next? Jacosta? Lord William Ransom? (Do NOT Google that name if you haven’t read the novels).
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