In March 2021—a full year before season 6 of Outlander began airing—Starz announced that it had picked up season 7 from executive producer Ronald D. Moore and Sony Pictures Television. Since then we’ve returned to Fraser’s Ridge, and a lot happened: Claire struggled with the aftermath of sexual assault, Bree and Roger embarked on a new future as their family grew, the Christies came to town, what really happened during young Ian’s last few years was revealed, Jamie came to terms with the upcoming revolution, and everything fell apart with Malva’s claim that Jamie fathered her unborn child, which led to Claire wrongfully accused and arrested for Malva’s death.
Yeah, a lot happened. But the season—especially the finale, which aired on May 1—was one of the most breathtaking and event-filled of the series.
Now with season 6 over, fans are already looking ahead to a supersized season 7. It’s double the number of episodes from season 6, which was truncated due to star Caitriona Balfe’s pregnancy and pandemic-related scheduling issues. Production is already underway, and the show has been sharing photos from set.
So when will season 7 air? Who’s joining the cast? And what else do we know about what’s to come? Here's everything we know.
When will season 7 of Outlander air?
Production on the new season began in late March 2022. The show’s official Instagram account announced the news on April 6. Matthew B. Roberts will return as showrunner.
In late April, Caitriona Balfe told Glamour that filming on the new season has “been really good. We’re almost finished with the first block of episodes, but it’s been really fun.”
As for when we’ll actually get to see those episodes, given that this will be a much bigger season of Outlander, plan for sometime in early 2023. Starz has given no official airdate, but it’s such a massive show to produce and edit, so anything before then would be highly unlikely. The good news is that Droughtlander shouldn’t be anywhere like it was between seasons 5 and 6, which was a little more than two years.
Speaking of Droughtlander, the cast made this hilarious video of how to get through however long we have to wait. Check it out:
How many episodes are in season 7?
Much more than season 6, that we know for sure. Starz P.R. confirmed with Glamour that it will be a whopping 16 episodes. It’s the biggest since season 1 (also 16 episodes), but even that was split into two parts that aired over 2014-2015.
Which book is the new season based on?
Season 7 will be based on the seventh (out of nine) book in the Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone. In case you haven’t read the books—and the series does deviate a bit from them—I won’t reveal what happens, but you can read more about that here if you wish to do so.
What about new cast members?
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin will all be back, and we’ll update you on other beloved cast members as we get confirmation. As for new faces, Charles Vandervaart has joined the show as William Ransom, Jamie Fraser’s son.
On May 5, Starz announced this “key role” had been cast. He is the secret son of Jamie (though Jamie of course knows) and has been raised by his stepfather, Lord John Grey (David Berry), who last made an appearance in season 6. William is the ninth Earl of Ellesmere; per the press release, he “will arrive in Wilmington full of patriotic zeal and enthusiasm to join the British Army and help put an end to the escalating tensions in the American Colonies. As fans may remember from season 3, William is actually the biological son of Jamie Fraser, though he does not know the truth of his parentage. On the surface, William Ransom is a courteous aristocrat, but simmering under the surface is a Highlander’s fire.”
In a statement to the press, executive producer Maril Davis said, “The character of William Ransom is a wonderful role, and one fans have been eager to see. Finding someone with the talent and physicality to play Jamie’s son was a daunting task, but Charles’s charisma was evident during the audition process and we are excited to see what he will bring to William’s multilayered journey.”
So what else will happen in season 7?
If that season 6 finale is any indication, we’re in for a lot. ( This is Outlander—of course we are.) Claire has to get out of that jail cell first and foremost, and it would be helpful if Malva’s killer could come to light. It does in the books, but we don’t know how the show will address it. What we do know, per showrunner, executive producer, and writer Matthew B. Roberts, is that “Scotland will again be our production home as the Frasers and MacKenzies try to make a home against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War. Season 7 promises more adventure, time travel, and emotional peril than any season before.”
Anytime you need a recap on what happened in the season 6 finale, check out our detailed summary here.
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor and author of the soon-to-be-published book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series (October 11, 2022). You can follow her on Instagram @jessicaradloff14.
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