What does Starz Season 3 Outlander Teaser Tell Us? Get ready for Jamie tragedy.

Written by: Janet Reynolds


Starz released its official Outlander  teaser (not to be confused with a trailer, which would be longer and perhaps really tell us something) right before its new show, The White Princess.  What did we learn in those 40 seconds about the upcoming Season 3? That we're going to need a lot of patience and hankies before we get what we all want—to see Jamie and Claire reunited.

The 40-second teaser, released appropriately (and I hope deliberately) on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden suggests that at least the opening of Season 3 is going to be Jamie's story—at least until he and Claire are reunited. And that we're going to have a whole lot of sadness before that happens.

First, to recap for those of you who don't have Starz on your TV (although let's be real, it appeared on the internet in minutes. Thank you, Tumblr.) The teaser opens with that heartbreaking scene from Season 2 where Jamie is holding Claire's hand and pushing her toward the stones that will part them, potentially forever. "Good bye, Claire."


Fast forward to Culloden Moor, where it seems to be snowing (in April? Well, it is Scotland) and strewn with bodies. Jamie's voiceover begins. "I have lied, killed and broken trust." Jamie's face appears, clearly not dead.

"But when I stand before God, I'll have one thing to say, to weigh against all the rest." The shots of Culloden fade to Claire and Brianna at graduation, Claire holding some pearls and looking upset (the ones Jamie gave her?).

"You gave me a rare woman," the Jamie voiceover continues, "and God I loved her well." Fade to a quick shot of Brianna at a younger birthday, to Jamie looking confused but hugging a woman that's likely Mary McNab to Jamie shooting someone (book lovers know who).

"I'll find you," Jamie says. Fade to an image of Jamie in a ruin of some sort. "Claire" he yells, heartbreakingly. "I promise," the voice over concludes.

Oh. Dear. God. Why isn't it September???????????????????

So what do we know from this little snippet? Well, the critical point is this: while we all want the Jamie and Claire reunion to happen within seconds of the opening shots of Season 3, that ain't gonna happen people. No, because as my colleague, Holly Richter-White, suggested, it's going to be at least episode 6—maybe 7?—before Jamie and Claire are reunited.

We're probably going to have an episode all about Culloden. Ron D. Moore has already said in a Twitter Q&A that his favorite part of Season 3 so far is Culloden, and fans know he played up the war intrigue in Season 2 (some might argue to the detriment of some other story lines). He also told Entertainment Weekly that he thought explaining what happened on that day was important to the storyline.


So all arrows point to at least an episode on Culloden. (***Oh, here come the spoilers, so jump out now if you haven't read the books.***) Then we will probably have at least one on Claire and Frank's relationship. They have to have that baby, after all. And we need to see Claire in medical school and her relationship with Joe Abernathy. (Please have the skull part, please have the skull part, please have the skull part!) And of course, we need to see Frank the Philanderer and the Big Argument. And then Jamie is in the cave of solitude and Fergus has to lose his hand and Jamie has to go to prison with the whole Lord John Grey development....Oh, and Hellwater. And I haven't even mentioned Leghair.

But what the teaser really reminds us is how utterly sad it will all be. Both Claire and Jamie are going to be living lives of loss and quiet desperation. We're going to get to the happy, but by way of a long (likely, half a season) road of what will feel like utter despair. That's just a fact. And we all need to get used to it.


What did you think of the teaser? Did it satisfy your Droughtlander desperation? 



55 comments

  1. We're going to get the happy but it is a long way off, this concludes. That is ok with me. We're talking about a 20 year separation - seeing what happened to Claire, Frank, Brianna, Jamie, etc is essential to the story. Remember, these books are hundreds and hundreds of pages long. The anticipation of it all is wonderful!

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    1. Kimberly
      I don't disagree with you generally. Just SO MUCH ANTICIPATION!! And I think we can all agree Droughtlander has been exceptionally long....I know it's because they're doing good things, but still....thank goodness for the books!

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  2. Can't wait for season 3!! Loved the trailer; it just reminded me how much I miss the show! I love those two together, they are just so perfect for Diana's books. Thanks for this little teaser!

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    1. Hopefully they'll do a longer trailer soon.....so we can get a few more glimpses to tide us over during Droughtlander.

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  3. I don't think he's hugging Mary McNabb ... that looks like a child who runs to him. One of Leoghaires daughters maybe? Or one of Jenny and Ian's girls? Oh wow I can't wait.

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    1. Most certainly a child, not a woman. I would suggest someone he spends time with at Helwater.

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    2. Having now seen the screen grab, I think you're right--that it's a child...Also he looks sad so we all know who THAT might be :)

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    3. Pretty sure the child is wee Kitty, same child he held as a baby in Season 2.

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  4. I already had a mind set of waiting half the season for Jamie and Claire's reunion. Positive part is sometimes the anticipation and the "ride" up to it is as exciting as the actual thing.... they are number one at being angsty star crossed lovers .❤

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    1. I figured we'd be waiting too....the teaser just drives that home. I'm fine with it generally as long as they do that print shop scene right and don't make too much of a certain someone Jamie connects with. In the book, that relationship is clearly not a wedge between Jamie and Claire other than as a momentary thing because he didn't tell her. I do worry TV folks will try to make it a bigger deal. We shall see.

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  5. Loved the trailer & very excited for S3. Voyager is such a good book & I remember when I first read it how long it took to get them back together. Honestly, I think the wait will have us all on the edge of our seats! I want to enjoy each & every episode & soak up the joy of Diana's book coming to life before our eyes. Production quality is so superior I can't wait to see how each episode delivers!

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    1. Angie--I think season 3 has the potential to take us back to the wonder we all felt in season one and some of us (me in that group) felt less about Season 2. I'm not saying you're in that group. I'm just saying I'm feeling good vibes about Season 3. Voyager was a better book than Dragonfly in Amber.....much easier to tell the stories for TV

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  6. Loved the trailer,although its only a snippet,but it shows the great sadness Jamie&Claire goes through,but happiness is coming with mixed adventure,must not say any more as some of us haven't read the books,as usual its not all smooth sailing,but I love the story,also the adaptation,I have to agree with RDM about Culleden is very important,& Frank is also,hope their won't be too much Frank though!Thank You Janet for this post.Can't wait for September!

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    1. My mind completely gets the need to show Culloden and what happens to both Jamie and Claire during their time apart....and of course as a book reader, I saw that part of their lives. September was just already such a long wait! And if I'm right about the reunion being episode 6 or 7, it could be December before we see them! On the other hand, nice holiday gift don't you think? :)

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  7. Actually, I'm glad that Ron is including Culloden; it's vital to the story and a turning point in Scottish history. Claire's life with Frank has to be included too as Jamie's history with LJG and Hellwater. I don't know how they are going to be able to cover the whole book but since Diana is happy, I'll be happy.

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    1. Trudy, yes DG has suggested she's happy with what she's seen so that's a good sign for us all. It will be interesting to see what they leave in and what they take out. You're right--there is a LOT of action!

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  8. Thanks for the details, Janet, I've only been able to watch on my phone so far. Here are a few things your synopsis made me think about.
    I'm glad they used Jamie's VO because I was worried that his part of the 20 year story would be greatly diminished, based on how it was modified in Season 2 - esp 1st half. (Plus, Sam Heughan's voice even for 40 seconds.) I also hope it means that the production has stayed with the centrality of Jamie and Claire's love for each other, which it strayed from somewhat in Season 2 and found again in the end. Hopefully they figured out that that can remain true no matter what, where, when and how painful the rest of the drama is.
    I don't know if it showed in this trailer but the stills showed that Frank and Claire's 20 years won't all be a bed of roses.
    I'm glad that the first half will show the pain of the separation but I hope the production has figured out how to do dark with the nuances that are shown in the book, like Jamie's strength during his agony.
    I hope that nuance does not include Jamie's relief being a role in the hay or two - as some have imagined based on certain "lead" casting announcements. It's his strength and role as caregiver that keeps him going. Just like it is Claire's. He has his family and men, and she has Briana and her patients, that keep them going. And their memories of course *tears."
    Finally, I'm prepared for the print in episode 7, but DON'T FORGET that the cast and production interviews have all emphasized that there will be a process of Jamie and Claire finding each other again. Since this has been so emphasized we should be prepared for more episodes of angst before they find each other. SPOILERISH The finding each other in Voyager is the one that cements the relationship for the rest of the series - which I think is why it is many readers' favorite book - with their story of constant adventure and mayhem, agony and ecstasy, that they face - or instigate. Ron seems to think that permanent TV relationships don't have enough tension. I'm not sure he thinks the show will work unless we are constantly worried that Jamie and Claire's relationship is at risk, instead of one or both of them just being at risk of peril. He needs to figure out that the drama can come from other things, like mayhem. ;-)

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    1. Diane--you bring up a LOT of good points that I completely agree with, especially the note that RDM thinks permanent TV relationships are "boring." I worry about that and how they will handle a certain someone and Jamie. There's plenty of adventure and misadventure for Jamie and Claire without making it seem as if they're having a hard time reconnecting (which was NOT the case in the book). I hope RDM et al take that approach rather than feeling they have to distance Jamie and Claire. That was a mistake they made in season 2 and we all felt it.

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    2. Your articles always inspire me (to great length, sorry!). Yes, those are all my fears as well, the certain someone, and the fear of "boring." Remembering during first season press when he said that he was specifically planning to challenge that trope? That in most TV the show ends when the leads get married and in OL that's when the adventure starts. Her certainly did a reverse on that. Maybe he decided permanent TV relationships were boring when he decided that married people don't have much sex ;-), and certainly that you can't show it anymore. I don't have emoji's but you can add a troublemaker there!

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  9. After being strictly a television fan of Outlander, I finally succumbed bought and read Voyager. Reading the book greatly allays "droughtlander" angst because I have answers to the questions that would, otherwise, be driving me a little nuts.
    So, I advise my fellow lovers of this series to get Diana's books and read them. They are wonderful!

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    1. WhoopWhoopWhoopie another book convert. If you have not I hope some day you will take the time to revisit Outlander and DIA, they are quite wonderful and so rich.

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    2. Excellent advice (have read the series twice)...but even knowing what happens in the books still makes me a little angsty about how they will handle the TV version. I have so many things in my head that I want to see on screen.....Still, overall, it does help knowing what's what. :)

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    3. I wonder what non-readers think about the fact that "print shop" is mentioned with such awe and reverence! If you read no other book in series, read Voyager!!!

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  10. It seems to me that generally these teasers tend to just show scenes from the first episode. That doesn't seem possible to me for this teaser, based on what I know about the books, unless they are radically compressing the seperation time in the books. I hope they don't do that, I really enjoy seeing Jamie and Claire and getting to know them in the time apart. I think there is something that is elemental in knowing them just as themselves and not part of a supercouple that enriches the story. I hope it is not just skipped over. I don't think it will be.

    I am happy about the choice of including Culloden as well, that event revirbirates through the later books, and has always felt like lost time or a black hole. We feel like we should know what happened, but we don't.

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    1. I agree that the teaser can't show just the first episode here...especially for those who are book readers. There are definitely some snippets from things that happen later. I think you're right re Culloden overall--I just get so excited about the reunion....but we do need to see Culloden for sure.

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  11. I've been mentioning to my BF that the reunion between Claire and Jaime won't actually happen until episode 6/7 of season 3 - to the point that we have made a monetary bet on it (she thinks it'll happen by episode 4 - wishful thinking!) But before the reunion, there are a lot of other things that happen: Claire's pregnancy, Brianna's birth, Claire becoming a doctor, her relationship with Frank and Dr. Abernathy, and yes - please include the skull scene! - For Jamie, (and Sam who portrays our beloved Jamie), this will be HIS season to shine bigger and brighter then ever. We have to see the battle, how he survived Culloden, in jail, in the cave, relationship (friendship) with Lord John Grey, Hellwater, plus other tidbits that I won't mention so as not to spoil. Too much to cover to have the reunion so early in season 3. But the anticipation of it - I'm sure - will be worth the wait. So for now we'll have to 'survive' on teasers, trailers, social media snippets/pics until September comes along...

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    1. I am with you - I think ep 6

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    2. Yes on all you said MayPer....Starz leaking a trailer (which is longer) would help us all a little bit :)

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  12. Love the teaser! I recorded it and have watched it over and over at normal speed, then in slo-mo, and then frame by frame! (I bet I'm not the only one!) So far, from this teaser and the other tiny season 3 sneak-peeks we've received, it looks like RDM and the cast and crew are brilliantly bringing Voyager to life for us! I can't wait to see it! I would like to add that I'm thrilled that RDM can't turn any of THESE characters into Cylons! Still working on forgiving him for Cheif Tyrol! <3

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  14. I loved the teaser, for me it was perfect and made me want to pick up Voyager again to reread or maybe that long plane ride to Easter Africa would do with a relisten. I loved the teaser, it gave me hope that maybe it would be true to the book. I loved the teaser because it really is not a spoiler of the TV series sorry not a fan of spoilers because it can only be new once.

    Jane another get article.

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    1. Donna I think you're right that teasers/trailers have to do a careful dance--reveal enough to make regular viewers happy/curious but enough to lure new viewers, all without telling too much. Overall this teaser works just fine....It's just that September is soooooo far away :)

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    2. I know September seems far away and I know we all want it now but don't rush because once it starts it will be 1 episode closure to another Droughlander. On the other hand in a Q&A RDM had a twitter - it sounded like S4 filming will start in the fall. If that is the case does that mean a season 4 will come sooner??

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  15. Hi Janet and all. Love your perspective on OL. I could really feel Jamie's sadness and deep despair in the snipit we received. I am glad they are taking longer with hope it is to perfect what we will see. At least Claire has Brianna, but her deep sadness is there. I have only re-watched Faith from S2 bc the whole season was such a disappointment for me. I too was furious with RDM bc of the exact reasons stated here. This convo is bringing it all back for me. So, I will hope and pray S3 goes in a different direction. I feel the separation is necessary to see the despair for both of them and think the PSR will be S7. The long wait gave me hope they heard our cries and it won't happen again. Reminding myself again that this is all not real.

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    1. Ah Sassenach---reminding yourself it's all not real.... :) I can identify with everything you said. I'm feeling good about Season 3--I think it's a stronger book with good storylines that will be easier to tell. Fingers crossed....

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  16. Janet, you should have a support group during the first episodes for people with S3 anxiety - for similar reasons.

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  17. I have seen the teaser online around 50 times now (i live in scotland) and im STILL getting goosebumps!! The build up to the reunion is gonna be an emotional rollercoaster 😊😀😯😕😠😢😦😭😍

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    1. Kirstie---oh yes it will be! That scene where Jamie was yelling Claire's name alone killed me. By the time of the reunion scene, we are all going to be wet washrags.

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  18. I haven't read all the comments, but I'm wondering if the child is William? Jamie having to say goodbye... Watched in slow-motion (film, not me!)

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    1. I think you might be right. It's hard to tell even in a screen grab.....Guess we'll just have to wait until the episode!

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  19. What happens after Season 3, if I remember correctly I believe they have been approved for Season 4, I know this is crazy but as each year goes by I wonder will I still be around to see the series continue until we reach the end of the books, I as a senior citizen think about it often.

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    1. Haha. I feel the same way--being a senior and all. But I'm optimistic that everything will turn out and we'll get to see all of Voyager plus all the other books come to life on Starz. I watched season 1 and season 2 before I read the books and I loved both TV series--I don't understand why so many didn't like season 2. I loved the costumes, the King, Louise DeRohan and all the other characters that we won't see again. Can't wait till season 3, but I still want to enjoy summer!!

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    2. I get your concern believe me. DG is not exactly a spring chicken herself given that it takes her 4-5 years to finish each book and she has said the series will be 10 books long. IF--and it's a very big if--book 9 comes out in 2018, that means book 10, the one that ties up all the loose ends, likely won't come out until 2023. By then she'll be 70ish.....and I'll be right up there with her. :0 We need her to focus focus focus!

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    3. I think we all worry about being around to finally find out about that darn ghost. DG did say it will be the very last thing in the last book. She does have a way to keep us purchasing her books at times. Don't mean to be harsh. Just how I see it bc I think she should have wrapped up the story in book 4. Reading FC now going on a year. Cannot seem to finish it. I guess I'm not interested in all these additional characters. Only Jamie, Claire and the original Highlander's. And please someone explain the facination with LJG? Don't get it.

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  21. My understanding is that work has already begun on S4 while everyone is still around. Maybe there won't be that long a wait for it to be here. One can always wish.

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    1. Possibly.....but RDM said on Twitter this week that they won't start filming Season 4 until the fall so I suspect we will have another long Droughtlander. On the other hand, since no one has committed to seasons beyond that, I'm not in a rush. What will life be like when the series is over????

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  22. Patience is a virtue I rarely exhibit but I think it's important to have patience with Season-3. There is so much packed into Voyager that it could fill Season-3 and Season-4 and I wouldn't want to miss any of it in a rush to the print shop scene. There are some sorrowful times but it's part of the tapestry and they make the sweet times sweeter.

    I think my patience is thinner now while waiting for Episode-1 than it will be once Season-3 gets going, regardless where Ron's telling of the tale takes us.

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    1. Yes....we just want it to get going. We'll all be rewatching it a million times any way :) Sept. 24 is still a long way away. :)

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  23. Janet- curious about your take bc I normally feel the same. I'm wondering how they SPOILERS will handle the J&L relationship. In the book he described to Claire how he tried everything he knew from their relationship to make her happy but she cried ignored him etc. So, will they show him trying with her but getting pushed away and silent treatment or him giving her the silent treatment and pushing her away bc he is still very much in love with Claire. Somewhere in between perhaps? I just don't think they will show him always going after her and being disappointed each time. Curious as to your and anyone's thoughts on matter.

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    1. Sassenach---I am decidedly worried over how the TV show will handle this. RDM has already said how he thinks steady relationships are boring and I worry that he sees making the J and L marriage a big rift between Jamie and Claire--when in the book the argument seriously was over in about a chapter. Yes, Claire was furious with him--but not because of the marriage but because he didn't tell her (and he certainly had time). I worry that they have already set up this whole Leghaire still loving Jamie (the famously creepy sniffing the shirt scene in the show and saying she will get him back) that they won't actually follow how this relationship unfolded in the book. In the book Jenny is the one who pushes the relationship and I think it's a sign of Jamie's overall despair and depression that he finally agrees. He just figures fine, I'll live with this woman who needs help maintaining her farm and help her raise her daughters after her abusive husband died. It was, to me, another sign of how much he was just existing rather than living. So....I'm torn. It's hard to imagine Leghaire rejecting any advances from Jamie being nice based on how they've developed her/set it up in the TV show. Under that theory, I think they will have Jamie leaving her ultimately because he can't be untrue to Claire. He just can't live with another woman. So he agrees to support her financially but from afar....And I fear we are going to see J and L in bed.....which may be a moment when I decide to go get a drink of water or something while watching :)

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  25. Yes we will see J and L in bed. Remember in book she cried and gave him the silent treatment for weeks bc she knew he was thinking of Claire while he was with her and that she had a vision of Claire's arm around him while they were in bed. I'm thinking the best way to handle this is to show him trying but looking away, not into it with the previous passion, or finishing quickly and then acting distant. That is not the way it will be unfortunately bc RDM feels the best way to create tension is to mess with our heads forgetting we are not teenagers and will walk away��. Yes, from the show if he pushes things similar to S2. So what will happen? With all that said or rather written I think we will see J and L being happy together which makes me sick just thinking about it. But, things will quickly deteriorate and then the distance problems will come, he will leave and PS. I have also been thinking about the moments when episodes will end. Here's a few of my thoughts. When Claire touches the stones to go back. When her hand is on the door to open to the printshop. When J and C have big fight at Lollybrook she gets on the horse to ride away. And much more. Curious as to what big breaks others foresee. Just cannot wait!!

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