OUTLANDER showrunner Ron Moore revealed that Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) will reunite about five episodes into the third season during the show’s panel at the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour Friday.
The showrunner also said Season 3 of the Starz fantasy drama could have been split into two seasons due to the high page count of Voyager, the Diana Gabaldon book upon which it is based.
“We did talk about that before we approached the season, just in terms of page count, it’s the biggest book, we thought, well maybe this is too much material for one season,” Moore said. “But once we put the cards on the board and we saw, well there’s five episodes right here just in Jamie’s story and in the reunion of the two characters. So now you’re almost halfway through the season and that felt like about the right pace… I don’t think we were too tempted to stretch it out. Sometimes sheer page count in a novel doesn’t translate to pages on the screen.”
Moore also said the show is not bound to cover one book per season going forward, though each of the first three seasons thus far have covered one book each.
“Each season we approach with fresh eyes,” he said. “We’re not bound to do a season a book, we haven’t said we’re going to combine them or split them or anything, we’ve just said we’re open to whatever is the best way to tell this particular era on the show.”
Outlander Season 3 premieres Sunday, September 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.
Linda Ge | TV Editor