The Battle Joined is the first episode of Season Three and thirtieth episode overall of the Outlander television series.


After living through the Battle of Culloden, Jamie is at the mercy of British victors, until his past provides his only hope of survival. Meanwhile, a pregnant Claire attempts to adjust to life in 1940's Boston.




Main CastEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Julian Wadham as Lord General George Murray
  • Gerard Horan as Quartermaster John O'Sullivan
  • Jim Sweeney as Andrew MacDonald
  • Sam Hoare as Lord Hal Melton[2]
  • Oliver Tilney as Lieutenant Wallace
  • Colin Stinton as Dean Jackson
  • Kimberley Nixon as Millie Nelson
  • Roger Ringrose as Dr. Thorne
  • Rory Barraclough as Frederick MacBean
  • John McLarnon as Killick
  • Garry Summers as Anesthesiologist
  • Ryan Ralph Gerrard as Giles McMartin
  • Joanna Gart as Nurse
  • Greg Esplin as Hamish

Production NotesEdit


  • To "join battle" is to engage in fighting; for a battle to join is for a battle to begin.
  • After Rupert leaves to face the firing squad, Jamie says, "Slàn leat, a Ràibeirt..." which means "Goodbye, Rupert" in Gaelic.






  1. Special airing at San Diego Comic Con on July 21, 2017
  2. "Lord Hal Melton" is the credit given at the end of the episode, but it is not quite correct; Harold Grey, Earl of Melton, would be more accurate.

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