Sam Heughan
Actor Sam Heughan participates in the Starz "Outlander" panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, California, January 9, 2015. Reuters/David McNew

The day for the cast and crew to head to South Africa has finally come. Sam Heughan has confirmed that they will be heading there in “two days.” They will be completing the filming of the remaining episodes there, which includes the sea voyage and the Caribbean scenes.

Heughan (Jamie) interacted with some of the fans after a night shoot for the TV series. The fans had been waiting for him, and he didn’t disappoint them. The actor signed autographs and posed for pictures, all the while being cheerful and paying the fans an odd compliment or two.

A video of Heughan’s interaction with the fans has been posted on Twitter. As the actor prepared to wrap up and leave, one of the fans asked him about the filming in South Africa. He said that he will be leaving in “two days” to begin work on the next phase of the filming. Here’s another video of what appears to be from the same location.

There have been no reports about the production crew landing in South Africa to get the sets ready for “Outlander” season 3. The cast and crew were originally expected to depart by May, and later reports suggested that they could be leaving as early as March. Heughan’s confirmation suggests the production is taking place at a brisk pace, with little to no interruptions.

Readers should also note that the cast and crew cut short their vacation time last Christmas, to help finish filming quickly. Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (Claire) will now be filming with new cast members, as the filming continues.

Heughan and Balfe have already filmed with some of the new cast members, including César Domboy (adult Fergus). They now appear to have filmed with Gary Young (Mr Willoughby), and a picture posted on Twitter shows the actor leaving the set after filming.

Jamie and Claire will set sail to Jamaica this year. Heughan and Balfe recently filmed a harbor scene, which could be about them taking a ship to begin their journey. Pictures of this scene have been posted on the Twitter page of Chris Saint-Martin.

“Outlander” season 3 is set to premiere sometime this year. The producers are yet to announce an exact release date. With no trailer in sight, an April release seems doubtful this time around. The show will have 13 episodes, and it can be watched on Foxtel in Australia.