“Outlander” fans rejoice! The interminable “Droughtlander” (the fans’ affectionate name for the interminable hiatuses between seasons) is over! 15 months after the show’s sensational second season finale, Starz’ blockbuster fantasy romance drama is back, and it is better than ever. While fans worldwide are once again captivated by its addictive mix of spectacle, intrigue and romance, Gold Derby is presenting weekly video recaps with our staff of writers and editors to break down the labyrinthine storylines and bizarre plot twists. This week senior editor Rob Licuria is joined by contributing writer and fellow “Outlander” fan Amanda Spears to dish the highs and lows of the season premiere “The Battle Joined,” written by creator/showrunner Ronald D. Moore and directed by Brendan Maher.
The show’s third season, based on “Voyager,” Diana Gabaldon’s third novel in the series of books, and picks up right where we left off last year. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) has traveled back to her 1948 life, pregnant with Jamie’s child. Back in 18th century Scotland, Jamie (Sam Heughan) is distraught over losing the love of his life and in the aftermath of the bloody Battle of Culloden, where he has killed his nemesis Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, a pregnant Claire attempts to adjust to life in the modern world of 1940s Boston and life with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) as the show’s true lovers remain torn apart by continents and centuries.
“It was really great to see all of our favourite characters back,” Licuria declares as we open up our enthusiastic chat. “Claire is with Frank, going with the flow, because that’s where she needs to be, but it’s not where she wants to be,” he adds. “It is a really bittersweet beginning to the season.”
Spears agrees, but notes that the big death of the show’s main protagonist was a bit of an anticlimax. “Black Jack is dead but I wanted a more satisfying end to such a character that we learned to love to hate,” she says. Licuria agrees, adding that the show “often goes to a really melodramatic place, but for this, it didn’t necessarily do that and we love to hate Black Jack, and he’s gone. That’s it, we’re all just moving on.”
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