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Outlander, which has continued as one of the best shows on television, has announced casting for a couple more of the show’s key roles.

César Domboy (The Walk) will play an older Fergus, the French pickpocket that Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) took under their wing in season two.

Fans will remember Fergus well, but he has grown into quite the charmer, despite his upbringing. He will, in his own way, become an integral part of the season’s progression, and his character adds to show’s broad array of viewpoints. He’s a romantic, and a somewhat chaotic persona, but he is utterly devoted to Jamie.

Domboy has an impressive list of credits while working in France, and appeared in The Walk and the second season of The Borgias.

Also joining the cast, playing one of Laoghaire’s (Nell Hudson) young daughters, Marsali, is Lauren Lyle. Details of how Marsali comes into play haven’t been revealed at this point, and there’s no reason to think that familiarity with the books is going to spell that out exactly, but she is a rebellious and romantic lass who isn’t in the habit of letting things lie.

Season Three is going to be a big step for the series, and one that may prove extremely difficult for TV audiences. We’re moving into a long stretch of our main characters being separated, and while this is a show that is obviously beholden to the books, getting people to work with this sort of concept in a novel is a very different beast from getting people to watch it week after week.

Given the first two seasons, you have to trust that those involved believe they can pull it off in an engaging way that will keep you interested, but the bar is getting moved here.

“Outlander” is based on Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and adapted by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”).  “Book Three” will be based on the third of eight books in the Outlander series, entitled Voyager.

The story picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948.  Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank.  Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.  As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love.

The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt.  Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other.  As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion.  And the question remains: when they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?




Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.