Outlander’s sixth season simply began this spring, but fans of the iconic time-travel series are already thinking ahead—way ahead—to season seven.
“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’ represents everything about our objective including a vibrant female lead character and a great team of writers. We look forward to witnessing the exploits of Claire and Jamie in America during the Revolution as well as additional time travel during this next season.”
Season 7 Will Consist of Sixteen Episodes.
Due to the outbreak, Outlander’s sixth season had to be truncated. However, fans need not panic. To make up for this “droughtlander,” Starz just announced an extended season seven, featuring sixteen episodes.
“We are happy to get into the editing room to work on bringing the audience one step closer to rejoining with the family back on Fraser’s Ridge,” said Matthew B. Roberts, Outlander’s showrunner, in a statement. “Filming in 2021 has offered an unprecedented set of issues which led us to the decision to shorten the season in order to bring the fans the most vivid and exciting season as soon as practical. Dinna fash, we will then record an extended season seven with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.”
Production Recently Started.
Actor Sam Heughan posted the first shot from the set of season seven.
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And fortunately fans won’t have to wait too long to see the final product. Deadline claimed that viewers could see the start of season 7 as soon as “late 2022/early 2023.”
In an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on March 10, star Sam Heughan announced they are “about to go back and shoot season 7” of the series.
The 7th Season Will Be Based on the Book Echo in the Bone.
“We can’t wait to go into the writer’s room and start cracking Echo in the Bone and look forward to providing the fans another season of this wonderful story,” Roberts continued.
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Set in America, London, Canada, and Scotland. The book’s cover artwork reflects the internal shape of the novel: a caltrop. That’s an archaic military weapon that looks like a child’s jack with sharp spikes; the Romans used them to dissuade elephants, and the Highway Patrol still employs them to stop fleeing perps in cars. This book has four principal plot lines: Jamie and Claire; Roger and Brianna (and family); Lord John and William; and Young Ian, all intertwining in the nexus of the American Revolution—and all of them with sharp points. (1777-1778/1972)
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 scheduled to reprise their roles.Balfe would like to try her hand at directing the performance.Though it’s not clear if it will be attainable 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 occasion for me in a very safe space,” she added. “I’m so tight with all of our camera crew, and they were always having discussions about what lens they’re using and what frame it is and they’re really always really helpful in offering 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 Time 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 creating this until Claire and Jamie are a hundred,” Davis stated. “To be totally honest, we intend to do so. There’s still many more novels to go. As for us, we’re willing to continue if Starz and Sony agree, and if the actors agree, we’ll go ahead and finish the season.”
Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch also hinted at the possibilities of a spinoff. “We think there’s a lot of opportunity in the ‘Outlander’ universe to have tale extensions or spinoffs or sequels. We continue to look at that with our friends at Sony,” he said.In the past, fans have pushed for a spinoff series that specifically follows Lord John Grey, and employs Diana Gabaldon’s novellas on the character. But when specifically questioned about a possible Lord John TV show, Hirsch was purposefully evasive.
“Regular discussions about the development of the plot line of Outlander continue to take place between the two of us. To be completely honest, it’s something we’re aware of “EW heard what he had to say. “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 on his new agreement with Disney, Moore revealed that “conversations [were] started on both season seven and on a spinoff.”
“I believe we will receive constructive news on both of these fronts in the near future, and I am thus optimistic about the conclusion of the current situation. I agree that I would’ve been thrilled to see it happen sooner than this but everything happens in its time.
The likelihood of those events occurring, in my opinion, is high, and I am hopeful that we will be able to say something about them before too long.”