Another droughtlander will soon be upon us, but there's some light at the end of this parched tunnel: The show is officially coming back to Starz for Season 6.
Outlander's fifth season, which concludes Sunday, saw Claire and Jamie settled at Fraser's Ridge with the inevitability of the Revolutionary War looming in the distance. While the series's upcoming season hasn't been filmed yet (more on that below), we have a pretty good idea of what to expect—in part thanks to Diana Gabaldon's book series. Here's what we know about Season 6, and keep in mind there are some mild spoilers ahead.
Season 6 Is 100 Percent Confirmed.
Starz announced the news all the way back in May 2018, confirming that like Season 5, Season 6 will consist of 12 episodes. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said "Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries and adventures."
Season 6 Will Be Based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes is Gabaldon's sixth book in the Outlander series. Interestingly, the show has already caught up to some of the most major events in the book—including Claire's capture by Lionel Brown. Here's a spoiler-free description from Penguin:
The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.
With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.
But, um, if you are looking for spoilers, a very detailed summary of the book is right this way.
Filming Hasn't Started Yet.
Outlander was scheduled to begin filming its sixth season in May 2020, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused production to shut down. Caitriona Balfe confirmed as much to Refinery29, saying, "I was due to start filming season 6 of Outlander, but due to the shutdown we have been postponed to an as yet unknown date."
According to actor Sam Heughan, the show is expected to resume production in the fall:
We were supposed to start this week. We have scheduled for Fall. Will just have to see... 🤞 https://t.co/NxLusL0hWV
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) May 4, 2020
Though rest assured, the season has been written and is in the hands of its stars:
We have started... Ep 1!!! So excited. But you’re going to love the rest of this season. https://t.co/Pd5dfBUHOW
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) March 22, 2020
It's Unclear If Season 6 Is the Final Season.
An E! News video unintentionally caused some anxiety among fans when the narrator mentioned that Outlander was entering its "sixth and final season." But the show's executive producer Maril Davis confirmed this isn't necessarily the case—Starz simply hasn't announced a Season 7 renewal yet.
We are not aware that this is the last season. So I’m not sure why they said that. But we don’t have any additional seasons picked up yet.
— Maril Davis (@TallShipProds) May 8, 2020
Either Way, Lord John Grey Is Out.
Actor David Berry confirmed that his final episode was "Journeycake," writing on Instagram "Don't like goodbyes, tears or sighs."
A post shared by David Berry (@mrdavidberry) on May 1, 2020 at 10:10pm PDT
He elaborated in the comments, writing "final ep on show. But 'life is long. Perhaps someday'❤️."
Stay tuned for more Outlander Season 6 updates as they develop, including plot details and casting news.
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