A matter of time
Get up to speed with time travel drama Outlander before season three premieres on Foxtel
It’s sexy, it’s romantic, it’s dramatic and violent — Outlander has it all and is now in its third outing. Based on author Diana Gabaldon’s books the new season is drawn from the book Voyager.
Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are separated by time but that obstacle fails to dim their love especially when Claire nds out that Jamie survived the Battle of Culloden. She along with daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and historian Roger Wake eld (Richard Rankin) go on a mission to discover where Jamie is 20 years on from their goodbye. But when they reunite will they be able to pick up where they left off?
The story so far Claire Randall was a World War II nurse enjoying a belated honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) when she inexplicably travelled back in time to 1743. She had touched a stone in the mystical circle at Craigh na Dun, beginning an incredible adventure in which she falls madly in love with a Scotsman.
Together Jamie and Claire ght to stay together and then plot to stop Scotland’s war with England, which Claire knows will destroy the Highland culture. When the con ict becomes inevitable Jamie sends a pregnant Claire home through the circles believing he will perish in battle.
Now Claire is back with husband Frank in 1948 and he agrees to raise Claire and Jamie’s child with her. But the pair are struggling to reconnect, with Claire grieving for her Scottish husband. Later in life, Claire and Brianna travel to Scotland where Claire nds out Jamie survived, giving her hope she can return to him.
The other players in season three Brianna: the grown daughter of Claire and Jamie grew up in Boston believing Frank to be her father. The revelation that her father was an 18th century Scot threw her for six but she has come to believe her mother’s story. She has formed a bond with historian Roger Wake eld.
Roger: When Claire rst met Roger in 1946 he was a child adopted by the Reverend Wake eld, who was an avid historian. Now an academic himself he is increasingly drawn to Brianna as he helps Claire nd her way back to Jamie.
Fergus (Cesar Domboy): the French boy born in a brothel was taken under Jamie’s wing and became like a son to Jamie and Claire. He has remained loyal to Jamie over the years and is now an adult himself longing for love and adventure.
Marsali (Lauren Lyle): her mother is Laoghaire (Nell Hudson), who as a young woman was in love with Jamie and became dangerously jealous of Claire. Teenager Marsali also has that romantic streak and is determined to love and be loved.
Young Ian (John Bell): The 16-yearold is desperate for adventure and to go along for the ride in his uncle Jamie’s escapades — but he often nds himself in trouble.
The Aussie connection Local actor David Berry, best known for playing the troubled James Bligh on Foxtel’s A Place to Call Home joins the cast for season three. His character is Lord John Grey who is running a Scottish prison after a scandal caused his fall from grace. John forms a friendship with Jamie but struggles with a love that cannot be. TVS
TRUE LOVE Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is separated from Jamie by time but is determined to find him again. HONOURABLE Jamie (Sam Heughan) (left) and Frank (Tobias Menzies). STRUGGLING Claire, Frank and baby Brianna after her birth in 1948.
BATTLE OF CULLODEN Jack Randall (left) and Jamie in the 1746 clash.
Brianna Roger Fergus Young Ian Lord John Grey