The Outlander covers must sell like hotcakes, because there were three special collectors’ covers merely two months ago, and how here we are with the next batch. Which seems like bonkers overkill, no?

Here, let’s look at both. We didn’t feature September’s back then, and in a way I’m glad, because they’re useful here: The juxtaposition underscores how problematic and verve-free these seem to be. Let’s discuss. The new batch appears first. [Editors’ Note: This year, we modified the slideshow to include all Outlander covers EW has done, in chronological order. The covers mentioned here are the second batch of season three covers, in the opulent yellow dress.]

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