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The finale of Outlander's sixth season aired just a few months ago, but fans of the popular time-travel series are already thinking ahead—way ahead—to season seven.
Here's what we know so far:
Starz officially announced that Outlander had been renewed for a 7th season in March 2021.
“Starz is committed to investing in unapologetic, bold premium storytelling that amplifies diverse voices and shines a spotlight on women in front of and behind the camera through our #TakeTheLead initiative,” Christina Davis, President of Original Programming for Starz, said in a statement. “The hit series ‘Outlander’ embodies everything about our initiative including a powerful female lead character and an amazing team of storytellers. We look forward to following the adventures of Claire and Jamie in America during the Revolution as well as more time travel during this next season.”
“We are so excited Starz has given us the opportunity to continue the epic ‘Outlander’ journey,” Roberts said.
Season 7 will consist of sixteen episodes.
Due to the pandemic, Outlander's sixth season had to be shortened. However, fans need not worry. To make up for this "droughtlander," Starz just announced an extended season seven, featuring sixteen episodes.
“We are excited to get into the editing room to work on bringing the fans one step closer to reuniting with the family back on Fraser’s Ridge,” said Matthew B. Roberts, Outlander's showrunner, in a statement. “Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible. Dinna fash, we will then film an extended season seven with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.”
In an interview with ET, executive producer Maril Davis even went so far as to call the next season "supersized."
Rumors are swirling that this could be the finale season of the show, but nothing has been confirmed. Diana Gabaldon weighed in on the rumors on Twitter, writing: "Don't pay attention to stupid click-bait online, is my advice. Of course Season 7 _might_ be the last--it may well NOT be the last. Nobody knows that. But people keep pestering, so they get non-answers like, 'Maybe' and add silly headlines."
Don't pay attention to stupid click-bait online, is my advice. Of course Season 7 _might_ be the last--it may well NOT be the last. Nobody knows that. But people keep pestering, so they get non-answers like, "Maybe" and add silly headlines. 😘 https://t.co/si1EFeJxV9
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) July 3, 2022
Production recently started.
Actor Sam Heughan shared the first photo from the set of season seven.
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) April 6, 2022
Heughan and Balfe also both appeared in a teaser video from the set, which was released to celebrate World Outlander Day on June 2nd. “We are here working hard for you, on what is, I think, my favorite season yet,” Sophie Skelton teased in the video.
And fortunately fans won't have to wait too long to see the final product. Deadline reported that fans could see the premiere of season 7 as soon as "late 2022/early 2023."
In an interview on Watch What Happens Live on March 10, star Sam Heughan said they are "about to go back and shoot season 7" of the series.
— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) March 11, 2022
The 7th season will be based on the book Echo in the Bone.
“We can’t wait to get into the writer’s room and start breaking Echo in the Bone and look forward to giving the fans another season of this exhilarating story,” Roberts said.
Diana Gabaldon's website offers the following description of the story:
Set in America, London, Canada, and Scotland. The book’s cover image reflects the internal shape of the novel: a caltrop. That’s an ancient military weapon that looks like a child’s jack with sharp points; the Romans used them to deter elephants, and the Highway Patrol still uses them to stop fleeing perps in cars. This book has four major story lines: Jamie and Claire; Roger and Brianna (and family); Lord John and William; and Young Ian, all intersecting in the nexus of the American Revolution—and all of them with sharp points. (1777-1778/1972)
Want a sneak peek? Read ahead here:
Author Diana Gabaldon wrote part of the first episode of season 7.
Before season six was cut short, Diana had written a portion of episode 609. On Twitter she shared that "small bits" of her script are now "used in ep. 701."
I did, but it was 609. 😜 So then they truncated S6 to 8 episodes. Small bits of my script are used in ep. 701, though. https://t.co/psp1BQN3fG
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) April 23, 2022
The main cast is set to return for a 7th season.
Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser), Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Sophie Skelton (Brianna Randall), and Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield) are all set to reprise their roles.
There are some new faces set to appear on screen as well. Deadline reports that Izzy Meikle-Small (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Joey Phillips (Billy Elliot) have joined the cast as Rachel Hunter and Dr. Denzell Hunter, respectively.
“We’re excited to welcome Izzy and Joey to the Outlander family and can’t wait for fans to see how these two fantastic actors bring Rachel and Denzell to life,” Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement.
Balfe would like to try her hand at directing the show.
Though it's not known if that will be possible in season seven. “It’s something I’ve been talking about doing on the show. It’s falling a little on deaf ears,” she told Vanity Fair.
“It would’ve been the perfect chance for me in a very safe space,” she continued. “I’m so close with all of our camera crew, and they were always having conversations about what lens they’re using and what frame it is and they’re really always super helpful in giving me as much information as I want. It’s a shame, but out of my hands.”
Season 7 has been in the works for a while now.
At the Television Critics’ Association press tour in January 2019, executive producer Maril Davis spoke about future plans for the series.
"We'll keep making this until Claire and Jamie are a hundred," Davis said. "Honestly, we will. There's still many more books to go. And if Starz and Sony are willing, we're willing, and if the actors are willing, we'll keep going."
Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch also hinted at the possibility of a spinoff. “We think there’s a lot of opportunity in the ‘Outlander’ universe to have story extensions or spinoffs or sequels. We continue to look at that with our partners at Sony,” he said.
In the past, fans have asked for a spinoff series that specifically follows Lord John Grey, and uses Diana Gabaldon's novellas about the character. But when specifically asked about a potential Lord John TV show, Hirsch was purposefully vague.
"We continue to talk on a regular basis about developing the story line around Outlander. It’s something that we are aware of," he told EW. "We want to continue to serve that audience with what we think are the best stories."
In early 2021, Outlander creator Ronald Moore said he was "very optimistic" about a seventh season. During an interview about his new deal with Disney, Moore shared that "conversations [were] underway on both season seven and on a spinoff."
"I think we're going to have good news on both those fronts before too long so I feel very optimistic about it. I agree that I would've been happy to see it happen sooner than this but everything happens in its time. I think both those things are probably going to happen and hopefully we'll be able to say something about it before too long."
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