After a long time waiting, the Outlander season 3 premiere date is official — and the show’s coming earlier than expected!
As Starz announced earlier today (see the beautiful key art below), the series will be premiering on Sunday, September 10. This is two weeks earlier than many of us had predicted previously, but this is personally within the window that we prefer. For one, it gets the show on the air earlier, but also before fall TV on the major networks picks up and before it has to face competition from the Emmys. It will have many weeks before The Walking Dead premieres, and it also means that the show will likely end on December 3 or somewhere in that range — well before the holiday season.
In some ways, this premiere-date announcement means that we’re probably not getting a two-episode premiere this time around, but we’re fine with that given that this is a date that we can get behind and one that is coming in just two months! We imagined that the date would be out there before Comic-Con, and now it is. At the panel we imagine that there may be even more showcased in the form of either a trailer or some behind-the-scenes featurette. Remember that if you want to read up on what’s coming at that panel, you can do by heading over to the link here.
Do you love the premiere date? One way or another, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments.
About the new key art
This is something that is worth spending a moment on just because it’s beautiful, and it reflects everything that is coming with the upcoming season. First and foremost, you’ve got the stone in the middle, representative of the object that has sent Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) apart, and also the very object that could bring the two of them back together. Also, you’ve got the two characters dressed in different period attire, another reminder that the show will pick back up with Claire in her “present” prior to the events of “Dragonfly in Amber.” You’ll see more of how she and Frank lived, and how the two of them raised Brianna for much of their adult lives. It’s an important period to explore, and you’ll also seen in there just how much Claire struggled with her grief. She thought for that time that Jamie was dead.
Now, she knows that he lived past the Battle of Culloden, and she’s heading off to find him. Meanwhile, Jamie is also going to be seeking out Claire in his own way, even if a part of him considers it impossible. He wanted his great love to get away from Culloden to survive, but that doesn’t mean that he will be living with any shred of happiness without her.
Now, your thoughts
What do you think about the Outlander premiere date, and the key art that Starz has released? Share in the comments below!
Meanwhile, head over to this link to read more of our coverage on the series. (Photo: Starz.)