Outlander: Season 3 (2017)


Season 3

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Outlander's epic love story returns with the same strong storytelling and an added layer of maturity.



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 679

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Air date: Sep 10, 2017

Season 3 begins with Jamie at the mercy of unforgiving British victors, following the Battle of Culloden, until a connection from his past provides his only hope of survival. Meanwhile, a pregnant Clarie attempts to adjust to life in 1940s Boston and life with Frank.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2017

Jamie leads a lonely life hidden in a cave until Lallybroch is threatened by redcoats pursing the elusive Jacobite traitor; and in Boston, Claire and Frank struggle to coexist in a marriage haunted by the ghost of Jamie.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2017

In prison, Jamie discovers that an old foe has become the warden. Claire and Frank both put their best foot forward in marriage, but an uninvited guest shatters the illusion.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2017

While serving as a groomsman at Helwater, Jamie is pulled into the intrigue of the British family. In 1968, Claire, Brianna, and Roger struggle to trace Jamie's whereabouts, leaving Clarie to wonder if they will ever find him.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2017

Brianna grapples with life-changing revelations and Claire must help her come to terms with the fact that she is her father's daughter. Roger brings news that forces Claire and Brianna to face an impossible choice.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2017

After decades apart, Jamie and Claire finally reunite and rekindle their emotional and physical bonds. But Jamie's new business dealings jeopardize the couples' hopes for a simple life together.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2017

Claire follows her conscience as a surgeon, even though it could put her and Jamie's lives at risk. Meanwhile, Jamie attempts to evade the reach of the Crown.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2017

Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2017

Claire and Jamie leave Scotland, sailing to the West Indies on an urgent quest. But when the superstitious crew looks for someone to blame after a string of bad luck, rescue comes from an unlikely source.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2017

Claire races to discover the source of an epidemic aboard a disease-stricken ship before hundreds of sailors die. Meanwhile, Jamie locks horns with Captain Raines, and Fergus is torn between loyalty and love.

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The third season 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 one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire's heart... as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Cast & Crew

Tobias Menzies
Frank Randall/Black Jack Randall
Duncan Lacroix
Murtagh Fitzgibbons
Sam Heughan
Jamie Fraser
Caitriona Balfe
Claire Randall
Graham McTavish
Dougal MacKenzie
John Bell
Young Ian Murray
Lotte Verbeek
Geillis Duncan
Richard Rankin
Roger Wakefield
Gary Lewis
Colum MacKenzie
César Domboy
David Berry
John William Grey
Sophie Skelton
Brianna Randall
Lauren Lyle
Marsali MacKimmie
Jim Sweeney
Oliver Tilney
Steven Cree
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Critic Reviews for Outlander Season 3

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

They may look like no one you've seen in real life, but the intensity and awkwardness and understanding that exist in their relationship are easily recognizable to anyone who's ever been in love.

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…
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The Droughtlander is about to end, replaced by pleasure -- lots of that.

Sep 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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This is a show that's grown and matured since its initial premiere in ways that defied our initial expectations.

Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It is a love story, a historical drama, a feminist manifesto, a time-travel fantasy and, mostly, a fierce celebration of the sturdiness of true love and true love's transforming power.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…

As Outlander resumes and turns away from the war strategizing that characterized much of season two, it feels like a different, but no less compelling show, and one focused, to my delight, more on personal relationships than political conflict.

Sep 10, 2017 | Full Review…

In season 3, Outlander, TV's best romance, soars by making you fall in love with it all over again.

Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Thanks to a well-plotted love triangle and splendid costumes, this barmy historical romance looks and feels engrossing.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Outlander's true north has always been its romance and Season Three understands that in spades.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

How a person mentally handles having lived so long a time in seemingly another world is what makes Outlander so interesting to watch, and every time I do, I'm reminded of a much-beloved episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Outlander has always been achingly romantic, and that feeling isn't lost in season three.

Sep 10, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When Outlander is at its best, there is not a more beautiful show on television.

Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Recent episodes of Outlander have introduced us to yet another quality we wish we had in common with Claire and Jamie: They're almost immune to aging.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Outlander: Season 3

  • Sep 22, 2020
    As a middle aged man enamored with this show up to Season 3, and a sucker for a good love story, not to mention a fan of history, I nearly gave up halfway through this season. It really turned into a soap opera really quick from the start of this season up to about the halfway point. Everybody was seeing or sleeping with everybody, and couples were all around Melrose Place style, ha ha. The characters brilliant acting continued but the lines they were fed made my eyes roll in the back of my head: "we can have secrets, but no lies". Meanwhile Jamie is lying left and right to everybody. And Claire is living a lie for 15 years in Boston. But, then it recovered and finished strong.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    I rated the first two seasons higher. This one loses a little as the show starts to get preachy.
  • Jun 21, 2020
    ceritanya uda beda. tidak seseru season 1 dan 2
  • May 30, 2020
    This period piece is exceptional. Interlacing history and a love story is compelling drama with the factual events of the time. The fantastical element of time travel intrigues and adds so many layers to the story. The pro/an-tagonist in both 18th century Black Jack and 20th century Jack Randal's is a torture she handles with such grace and guts. She's a bad ass and so inspiring.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    I took a break from the show for a year and wow did it ever hook me back in! It's like I never left, amazing acting and great the scenes really draw you in. Looking forward to binge watching the next season.
  • Apr 02, 2020
    I'm sad about the twenty years of course, but they are just following the story line of the books. And because of that I will not take off any stars. The actors, scenes, lighting, music, and post production are what makes this show spectacular!
  • Feb 18, 2020
    Oh my God, I'm hanging by a thread here trying to get through the second half of the season. It was pretty decent, albeit a bit heavy handed at times -- and trying to engage emotionally with Briana is like trying to engage with stucco -- but all-in-all okay... until Claire's return to the past. Oh my Christ. I know a lot of people are moved by this part of the marathon, but for me it's so mawkishly sentimental with interminable, stoney lead-weight tele-novella dialogue... all so over-the-top, throaty, oozie, chest-poundie, in-painy, gravely ooey-gooey, kill-me-y, you-complete-me-y, touch-me-y, no-story-here-for-another-ten-minutes-y, SOOO sill-y repetitive with all these punishments -- rinse, repeat -- I'm laughing, in pain, slapping my head, pacing away and back, to try to survive episodes 6, 7, 8... please tell me it gets sane again! Help. For me, coming down from this bad trip is a bit like falling out of love (ironically, given the subject) with someone you finally realize is a drama-queen suffering borderline personality disorder... that the damage is done. That getting to the end of the season is more of a dare than a desire. Do I want to continue butt-slapping my face through the rest of this Olympian navel-gazing? Not really.... But, oh, is this just a low point? Is the old spark hiding in there? Am co-dependant with this orgie of melodramatic slop? What to do...
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Didn't like it as much as first 2 seasons, but its still great!
  • Sep 20, 2019
    So love this show - From 1st episode to now only watch3rd series this is wonderful - the odd episode is a little flat for me but it's only because the main characters are not so involved - this happens with all shows - however the full account of the extreme love story between the characters remains true - I have not read the books - although I promised myself I would - but some how for me I don't want to spoil the show by being to judgemental - a bit like Gone with the wind - It took me many years to read the book - the incidentals of this production are not so important , only the enduring chemistry for love is what it's truly about and it so delivers at every occasion - one of the best ever shows I have watched - makes me laugh - makes me cry heaps - and makes me so want more.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Loved it, true to the book series

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