The Outlander Prequel is Officially Happening

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Photo credit: Aimee Spinks
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After yet another long Droughtlander, fans of Starz's Outlander are finally having their patience rewarded. Season 6 The show has been renewed for a bumper-length seventh season, which began filming this year for a 2023 premiere date. And that's not all. An Outlander prequel series is on the way.

As of August 4, the series finally has an official title: Blood of my Blood. Per Deadline, the writers' room has started working on scripts for the new series, which has been rumored for some time, but was only confirmed in February of 2022. It's now been announced that the series will focus on the love story between Jamie Fraser's parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser.

Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts will return to write and executive produce the prequel series. Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis will also return as executive producers.

Although Blood of my Blood is sure to be shrouded in mystery for some time, we do have some sense of what the plot might involve. As fans of Diana Gabaldon's original book series will know, there are a huge number of novellas and short stories that complement the Outlander novels—but only one of them is a prequel. That's Virgins, a novella which follows a 19-year-old Jamie Fraser as mercenaries in 18th century France. (If you're curious, we have a full guide to the chronological order of Gabaldon's books to get you started.)

Gabaldon did reveal in February that in addition to starting work on the tenth (and potentially final) Outlander novel, she's also in the very early stages of a prequel book. In a Facebook post, she revealed that it will focus on Ellen MacKenzie, Jamie Fraser's mother, suggesting that it'll be set well before Virgins.

It's not clear whether the prequel series will also center on Ellen, but it's easy to imagine a show that begins with her upbringing in the Scottish Highlands, and chronicles her courtship with Brian Fraser, and the birth of Jamie and her other children.

In an interview with Esquire UK back in June, Sam Heughan confirmed as much. "All I can tell you is I’m not in it, as Jamie’s not in it," he said, indicating that the series may actually be set well before Virgins. "I believe that it’s a prequel focusing on Jamie’s parents when they were younger, so I guess you might see a young version of him at some point."

Heughan went on to admit that given the... flexible nature of time in the Outlander universe, he couldn't rule out showing up in the prequel series at some point. "I think I may be a little too old to play young Jamie now! I could play his dad maybe, or a flash forward? It is time travel, after all."

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