Outlander fans have something new, or should I say someone new, to swoon over.
The Starz original series has thousands (probably even millions) of devoted fans that have been following the journeys of Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe) and James Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and their time traveling love affair.
The upcoming third season, which will premier in 2017, follows Diana Gabaldon’s third book in the series, Voyager. This installment focuses on the time Jamie and Claire are apart after she goes back through the standing circle of stones at Craigh na Dun and finds herself back in 1948. As we found out in the Season 2 finally, Jamie survives the famous Battle of Culloden and Voyager tells us what happened to Jamie after the battle. Voyager introduces the pivotal new character Lord John Grey. The Australian actor David Berry will play Grey, the former British soldier-turned-Ardsmuir Prison governor who strikes up a dubious friendship with the post-Battle-of-Culloden-incarcerated Jamie Fraser.
The character of Lord John Grey is quite important to the series, and to the fans that religiously follow Gabaldon’s epic series. Gabaldon wrote a sister series focusing on the life of Lord John Grey. They work as a stand alone series, but if you’re going to read them as part of the Outlander saga you should read them between Voyager and before the fourth book Drums of Autumn. For all the Jamie fans out there, Jamie is in the Lord Grey series, but Claire is not.
Starz has described Lord John as:
“… a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.”
With the casting of the dashing and handsome Berry as Lord Grey, it makes this avid fan of the show (and the books) wonder if Starz is gearing up to do a spin-off starring Berry. There is no shortage of material for more seasons of Outlander though, as there are still five more books in the Outlander saga, and according to a recent panel at the Paleyfest, Diana Gabaldon said there’s lots more story to come.
You can catch up on all of the Outlander episodes on Starz On Demand and all of the books are available on Amazon.