How the Latest Outlander Signals the Dramatic End of an Era

his post contains frank discussion of Outlander Season 3, Episode 9, “The Doldrums.” If you’ve not yet watched the latest episode of Starz’s time-traveling Scottish romance, now is the time to leave.

You don’t have to be a close watcher of Outlander to notice something significantly different about the latest episode. The opening credits, featuring Bear McCreary’s arrangement of the traditional “Skye Boat Song,” has been given a dramatic overhaul and features new footage and thudding, island percussion.

This is far from the first time the credits have been updated. Fans will remember that in Season 2, when the Frasers went to France, vocalist Raya Yarbrough re-recorded part of the opening song in French. Producer Matthew Roberts explained to Entertainment Weekly that the opening credits will never stop changing: “It gives it a different feel. We always call Outlander a road show. We are never in one spot very often. It’s always moving. That helps us. We change our main title to depict where we are in the story. We will do that again. We will evolve.”

So what makes the switch up this time so significant? Well, in the episode Jamie gets a pang as he and his wife sail away from Scotland. “We won’t set foot on her shores again without young Ian,” Jamie tells Claire as they pursue their nephew who has been kidnapped and is bound for Jamaica. Without spoiling anything, book readers will tell you that the Frasers won’t be back to Scotland for a long, long time. The entire production has relocated, in fact, to South Africa. Stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan teased the move back in February by rattling off all the things (sun) they were looking (sun) forward to (sun) about their new location.

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