Outlander sets sail on fall premiere for Season 3

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Feb 15, 2017

They took their sweet time, but Starz has finally revealed when to expect the return of Outlander on our TV screens for the eagerly anticipated third season -- and it looks like we're going to have to wait a wee bit longer …

According to Deadline, Ron D. Moore's critically acclaimed time-travel drama series will debut in September instead of a spring premiere (Season 2 debuted in April of last year following the explosive Season 3 finale of Black Sails). Not only does this mean more #droughtlander to go through for us, but they don't provide specific date. Le sigh.

The reason behind the delay has to do with the fact that the 13-episode third season is taking longer to film. That and the fact that there's a lot of details going into the lavish sets and costumes, and that production (which recently wrapped in Scotland) will move to Cape Town, South Africa, in March to film scenes of a sea voyage on the former Black Sails sets, with filming expected to end in June. Starz also wants to tell the story of Voyager (the third book of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, on which Season 3 is based) properly.

"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," said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming at Starz. "The scale of this book is immense, and we owe the fans the very best show. Returning in September will make that possible."

The official press release also revealed a new synopsis for Season 3, and you can have a look at stars Caitriona Balfe (Claire) and Sam Heughan (Jamie) saying goodbye to Scotland and hello to South Africa:

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 each other, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

Are you guys disappointed about having to wait even longer for the return of Outlander?

(via Deadline)