This month see the worldwide release of Outlander season seven. STARZ announced the June 16 return of its fan-favourite time-traveling drama series Outlander, confirming the upcoming seventh season will be split into two parts of eight episodes each, with the back half airing in 2024. It was previously announced that the seventh season would be an extended 16 episodes. Additionally, STARZ released several first look images of the new season to quench the ‘Droughtlander’ thirst. The series has already been renewed for an eighth and final ten episode season and a prequel series, Outlander: Blood of My Blood centreing on Jamie Fraser’s parents has been greenlighted for a first season.
STARZ previously announced several new additions to the Outlander family, including Charles Vandervaart (Lost in Space) as William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small (Snow White and the Huntsman) as Rachel Hunter and Joey Phillips (Casualty) as Denzell Hunter, joining returning fan-favourites Caitríona Balfe as Claire Fraser, Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, Sophie Skelton as Brianna MacKenzie, Richard Rankin as Roger MacKenzie, John Bell as Young Ian, David Berry as Lord John Grey, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Beardsley and Paul Gorman as Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.
Season seven will again feature Outlander’s iconic theme song the Skye Boat Song, which will be performed by Irish singer Sinead O’Connor.
In Season 7, Jamie, Claire, and their family are caught in the violent birth pains of an emerging nation as armies march to war and British institutions crumble in the face of armed rebellion. The land the Frasers call home is changing – and they must change with it. In order to protect what they’ve built, the Frasers have to navigate the perils of the Revolutionary War. They learn that sometimes to defend what you love, you have to leave it behind. As the conflict draws them out of North Carolina and into the heart of this fight for independence, Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger are faced with impossible decisions that have the potential to tear their family apart.
One epic tale
The Outlander television series is inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books, which have sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide, with all nine of the books gracing the New York Times best-seller list. The Outlander television series has become a worldwide success with audiences, spanning the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. Outlander spans the genres of romance, science-fiction, history and adventure in one epic tale. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland. When forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous young Scottish warrior, Claire’s heart is torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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.”
Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Luke Schelhaas, Andy Harries, Jim Kohlberg, Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heughan executive produce the new season, based on the book, An Echo in The Bone and will focus on the struggles of Claire and Jamie amid the American Revolution. Filming for Outlander took place mainly in Scotland, which doubles for North Carolina.
The highly anticipated seventh season of Outlander is set to premiere on Friday, June 16 at midnight ET on the STARZ app, all STARZ streaming and on-demand platforms and internationally on the LIONSGATE+ premium streaming platform in the U.K. On linear, it will debut on STARZ on Friday, June 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT in the U.S. and Canada. New episodes will be available to stream weekly on Fridays at midnight on the STARZ app, all STARZ streaming and on-demand platforms and will air weekly on the STARZ linear platform. See: www.starz.com/us/en/series/outlander/21796
In Australia the seventh season of Outlander will premiere on FOXTEL.
All images cortesy of Starz.
Did you know?
–Outlander features the story of Claire Randall, a Second World War combat nurse, who finds herself thrown back in time to the Jacobite Rising in 1743.
-The Outlander TV show is based on a series of nine novels by Diana Gabaldon which have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.
-The Outlander novels have been published in 27 countries and 24 languages, so far.
– Diana Gabaldon was inspired to create Outlander by an episode of Dr Who.
-Author Diana Gabaldon had never visited Scotland before writing Outlander.
–Outlander was recently named the world’s ‘most bingeworthy’ TV show at a LA awards show.
-It has been reported that the Scottish actors do not wear anything underneath their kilts, in true Scottish fashion.
-The show has sparked a Scots tourism boom with visits to historical sites topping over five million visitors.
–Outlander is filmed in Scotland, primarily at the Wardpark Studios at Cumbernaud near Glasgow. -Author Diana Gabaldon was given in 2020 the “International Contribution to Scottish Tourism” award at the Scottish Thistle Awards, for the ‘Outlander Effect’ on Scotland’s tourism industry.