Shipwrecked souls: Behind the scenes of Outlander's Season 3 finale
What it's like to bring Claire and Jaime's love story to life.
WE’RE NOT IN SCOTLAND ANYMORE
My first day on set, while Balfe and Heughan are rolling around in the sand in the middle of the South African winter (it’s sunny, but there’s a distinctly Scottish nip in the air, and unlike the soggy stars, the crew are snugly wrapped in puffy jackets and hats), I duck into a cozy tent to catch up with executive producer Maril Davis, who flew in the day before and is just as jetlagged as I am.“We’re already deep into Season 4,” she reveals, despite the fact that filming on the new season won’t begin until October. “It’s a year-round machine at this point. I think [the fans] do wonder why we’re not on sooner, it’s just, I don’t think we could churn them out any faster.” Outlander usually films episodes in blocks of two, consisting of 24 shooting days (12 per episode) and an equal number of prep days — and that’s not counting the post-production process of editing, visual effects, scoring, sound design, additional dialogue replacement, and color correction.It’s a crisp June morning on Silverstroom Beach, a secluded bay located on the western cape of South Africa. The normally pristine stretch of soft white sand is littered with the debris left behind after a catastrophic shipwreck — barrels, rigging, and jagged chunks of wood.