Mild spoilers for Season 3 of Outlander below. Proceed with caution!
Anticipation for Season 3 of Outlander is huge, and the 4000 strong audience at the show'spanel at Friday's San Diego Comic-Con got given the greatest surprise. Following the cast's Q & A session, everyone in attendance got to see an advance screening of the first episode of Season 3, which I think we can all agree is the best surprise ever.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the panel's host, Jenna Dewan Tatum, revealed that something special was planned, which is why she wrapped up her interviews after just 30 minutes. While the rest of the world continues to wait not-so-patiently to find out what happens next in the Starz series, Outlander fans at Comic-Con have already seen the first instalment.
The episode apparently begins with a major war scene at the Battle of Culloden, and an all-important fight between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). As Entertainment Weekly reports, Menzies suggests that the showdown "is surprising, actually. Maybe it's not entirely what people expect."
The episode is also set in twentieth century Boston. According to Variety, we see Claire returning to her marriage to Frank, to have Jamie's child, and we witness continuing unrest between the pair. Frank is uncertain that Claire can get over her attachment to Jamie, and the couple argue throughout the episode.
At the panel, Heughan also teased that Jamie and Claire wouldn't have as much screen time together in Season 3. He said, "We were apart for a lot of this season. The characters have their own lives."
The episode ends with Claire giving birth to Jamie's child, which obviously only left viewers wanting more.
While the rest of us will have to wait until September 10, 2017 to see the first episode of Season 3, it's exciting to hear some small revelations about the new episodes. And hopefully, Claire and Jamie will be reunited again onscreen, before too long.
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