“Outlander” Season 3 will begin from right where the finale episode of the previous season left off, with Claire and Jamie still separated, Diana Gabaldon has confirmed. This means that there won’t be any shocking flash forward beginning like the premiere episode of the second season.

The premiere episode of the next season will begin the same way as the book “Voyager,” on which it is based, Gabaldon told STV in an interview. So, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) will still be apart at the beginning.

"Claire in the 20th century but 20 years on from where we left her and Jamie of course is still back in the 18th century but we pick him up immediately from where we last saw him which is here [at Culloden]," Gabaldon said.

The TV show will now be told from three different perspectives, according to the author. Apart from Claire and Jamie, the show will also focus on the storyline of Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who will emerge as another major character as story progresses.

Gabaldon also hinted that a “reunion” will take “Outlander” Season 3 back to a linear form of storytelling. This reunion will happen in 1866, the author revealed.

Claire found out that Jamie survived the Battle of Culloden and wanted to go back in time to meet him in the previous season. However, the one thing that could hold her back is her love for her daughter. Brianna had a difficult relationship with her mother, as she always seemed to be in another world. It was only in the finale episode that the two characters started to come close to each other. The protagonist will now have to make a choice between connecting with her daughter and leaving her behind to reunite with Jamie.

Filming of “Outlander” Season 3 is set to begin next month. The show is expected to have 13 episodes, just like the second season.