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A Bittersweet 8th Season of Outlander is Announced

An Eighth and final season

After months of wondering about the fate of one of the best television series to come out, we have our answers. Season 7 will premiere in the summer of 2023, and feature 16 episodes. Wondering if this will be like the long two-part series 1? It may be. Filming is still ongoing.  

Starz® delivered a few announcements this week. And sadly our story will end in its eighth season. Book fans are wondering how much will be smashed up in Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone and In My Own Heart’s Blood in Series  7, and then will the remainder of IMHOB and Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone will be in the final season? Only the writers’ room knows. Gabaldon is writing the 10th book in some interviews she has said is the final book, and others discussed the prequel book that involves Jamie’s mother Helen, and father Brian’s love story will be released soon.

It is through this book that the new prequel series Outlander: Blood of my Blood has been given the green light at Sony pictures for the team of Maril Davis and Ron D Moore and their Tall Ships production company, along with current series showrunner Matt Roberts to develop the new series. Given the history of Outland series 1 production, and the fact they will have to go back to some old haunts, which fans will love, hopefully, the new series won’t take as long to produce. It could even be in co-production during season 8. 

So what does this mean? All good stories must come to an end. They go on to prequels that show you the young versions of old favorite characters. This means they will need to recast some characters if they can not have the actors who portrayed our favorites, Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis), Dugal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), and Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) their sister, convince us they are younger. We met Brian Fraser in season 1, also much older. And we have been assured a young Murtagh, who is one of many of Helen’s Suitors, will be recast? Helen is the only character we have not met yet. Although it is said she is like Brianna, hmmm.

Who do you think will reappear in the Outlander: Blood of my Blood series?

‘Outlander’ renewed for eighth and final season on Starz

‘Outlander’ Renewed For Eighth & Final Season; Starz Greenlights Prequel Series ‘Blood Of My Blood’

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Holiday 2022 Outlander Season 7 Teaser

With many of us battling a real winter Cyclone Bomb, it’s a great relief and distraction to see the latest Starz ® offering in Outlander Season 7 teasers.

When last we left our heroes, Claire was in jail for Malva’s murder, awaiting the hangman, and Jamie was desperately trying to rescue her for the thousandth time. Have you reread “An Echo in the Bone”, book 7 of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? Look for the television series 7 to hit the air in the Summer of 2023.

And now for some BAFTA fun with Outlandish Journey’s adventures in Glasgow at the Scottish BAFTAs. Please like and comment.

Outlander FInishes First Half of Season 7 Filming

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But first, let’s catch up on a whole lotta Outlander goings on! It’s been just about two weeks since NYCC 2022, when Diana Gabaldon appeared with some of the characters from her book series: Jamie, Murtagh, and Lord John. David Berry, Duncan Lacroix, and Sam Heughan all participated in panels and were quite cheeky. It was bad enough when Duncan and David hit the streets of NYC last year, secretly writing their names in Gabaldon’s books at NYC bookshops. Now ad Sam Heughan into the mix. I am sure that NYC is just recovering.

Please thank and like themusicsweetly for taking this great panel taping. Season 8, Murtagh’s Ghost may make an appearance? I did mention spoilers, right?

Season 7 First Half Completed

As we have mentioned here before, filming started in Scotland in the spring of this year. As was promised after a short Season 6 due to Covid filming restrictions, Season 7 will be an extended season. And some extreme but familiar themes, meaning that yes, Claire found herself in jail for the murder of Malva Christie. Our here always manages to get into it somehow. Let’s catch up with the changes and familiar faces returning to this show. 

As was rumored, Laura Donnelly will not be returning as Jamie’s sister Jenny (Janet), and has been recast with Kristin Atherton, we’ll see how that works. Rumour had been going around that Donnelley would not return. With her great performances on stage and in other series, as an actor, she felt it was time to move on. Luckily Steven Cree is back as old Ian Murray. 

Outlander Season 7 has Jenny Recast

Other ghosts from the past, or characters that we had hoped were definitely done and gone: Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) returns in a flashback, and so does Dugal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish), and horrors, Laoghaire Fraser (Nell Hudson)! More trauma this season, and plenty of ghosts from the past.

New Cast Members

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Well, we can say one thing, Lord Elsmere (Jaimie Vandervaart), or Jamie’s Illegitimate son who doesn’t know his parentage at this point, will now show up as a commissioned officer. Jamie will now have the real possibility of being on opposite sides with his own child in the brewing war. Not to mention the real possibility of Brianna (Sophie Skelton), who knows she has a half-brother, meeting him for the first time.

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Outlander adds new and old cast members

Denzell (Joey Phillips) and Rachael Hunter (Izzy Meikle-Small), a pair of siblings who are Friends (Quakers) were put out of a meeting. More religious dealings to keep Outlander interesting. Denzell is a doctor and works with the rebels for the cause. Just to color things up a bit, Benedict Arnold turns up played by Rod Hallett. Let’s see how much history will get changed on that one since Claire, Brianna, and Roger all know that fate.

Speaking of which, and book spoilers here, Brianna and Roger return to the twentieth century for real this time, family in tow. The MacKenzies befriend a questionable person in the guise of Rob Cameron after setting up a new home. Luckily they receive a box of two century-old letters from Claire and Jamie that catch up to them. Here they learn that they leave North Carolina in flight, and have epic dealings with privateers and ocean battles.

Outlander season 7 premiere date: The state of things at Starz

So while this season may be a long time coming, and possibly be split into two parts like the extended first season, you can rest assured there will be plenty of American revolution to go around. Let’s hope the Browns get their comeuppance. And how will they deal with Laoghaire, that bad penny that just won’t go away?

And take a grand tour of the big house, as many of us know the fate of the said house and that mysterious newspaper article about Fraser’s parishing in a fire.

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Outlander Cast and Author at NYCC Comic Con 2022

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New York City Comic Con 2022, October 6-9th at the Javits Center

Diana Gabaldon will return to New York Comic Con in October. She will be joined by Sam Heughan, David Berry, and Duncan Lacroix. Good thing she’s one tough author. These three actors let loose on New York? The last time Duncan and David were together in NY, some not so stealth signing of copies of Gabaldon’s Outlander books at shops in NYC made a few fans very happy.

Sam Heughan will have first-time small meet and greets at the Con. Check here for availability, selling out quick!

There’s a meet-and-greet pricing for people without tickets to NYCC 2022. Prices vary but run rather high. The Sassanach Tier is sold out.

Please note: the only Photo Op and Autographs available for Sam Heughan are in the tiered packages or in a group Outlander Photo Op session. Duncan LaCroix and David Berry will have Photo Ops and Autographs available through Epic Photo Ops starting Wednesday, August 31 at 1:00 PM ET.

Duncan Photo Ops

David Photo Ops

Outlander Season 6 DVD Releases, And That Prequel Series Blood of My Blood

Screen Shot 2022-08-14 at 2.48.11 PMIt’s been some time since we did catch-up with all things Outlander and we have a lot of developments to cover. The cast and crew are currently working on Season 7 production, and not announcing where they are due to COVID Protocols again. 

Yes, Starz and Outlander Producers announced Matthew B Roberts as showrunner of the new Prequel Outlander: Blood of My Blood. This series follows the story of Jamie’s parents Ellen MacKenzie, and Brian Fraser. This no doubt means we will also see younger versions of Dougal and Callum MacKenzie, Mrs. Fitz, Murtagh FitzGibbons, and many more characters we miss so much. The series will be executively produced by Matthew B Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, and Maril Davis.

Diana Gabaldon has been writing one of her bump-out stories as she calls them, about the days of youth gone by of Ellen, Brian, Murtagh, and the clan for a few years now. Some reports are that she is consulting on the new series, others say she officially has not been asked yet.  There is also a book on Master Raymond in the works. Diana also announced on her website that she is working on Book X, the final Outlander book. Will we finally have the official Jamie’s Ghost explained? If you don’t know how that happened, yup, it’s a time loop. But how? 

‘Outlander’ Author Diana Gabaldon Says She’s Not Been Approached Yet To Consult On ‘Blood Of My Blood’

Season 6 DVD Release Dates September 22, 2022 

Season 6 DVDs are available for pre-order at Amazon and other vendors in September. 

Outlander’ Prequel Series Confirmed In The Works At Starz; Title, Details Revealed

And happy belated World Outlander Day. Here’s a bit of mayhem on the new set, and a sneak peek at young Lord Ellesmere. Apparently, there will be Alpacas or Llamas on set? Strange. Shhhhh Roger.

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Outlander Casting Introduces You to The Hunters for Season 7

The casting department for Outlander has done it again. Two very pivotal characters for Season 7, a Quaker pair of brother and sister that put our last brother and sister duo to shame indeed. Denzell/Denny (played by Joey Phillips) and Rachel Hunter (Izzy Meikle-Small). Denzell is a doctor who helps the rebel colonials as his way to fight. Quakers have very particular ways of doing things, and Rachel will teach you all of them and more. Welcome!

Ian brings a wounded William Ransome (Lord Ellesmere, Jamie’s son) to Hunter’s farmstead. And so begins a love rivalry like no other.

Season 7 is based on the Diana Gabaldon book, An Echo in the Bone.

Joey Philips is managed by dpamanagement.com

Izzy Meikle-Small is managed by Curtis Brown Actors

‘Outlander’: Izzy Meikle-Small And Joey Phillips Join Season 7 Cast

Join Sam Heughan and Duncan Lacroix at Highlanders 5 in Glasgow, UK

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If you are lucky enough to be in Scotland the first week of July, make sure you grab tickets for this fun-filled show. Filled with current and past characters, will Sophie Skelton be able to keep all the lads in shape? Attending are Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Richard Rankin, Andrew Gower, Alexander Vlahos, David Berry, and Paul Gorman. Show Sophie your support!

Tickets are for the whole weekend, including autographs, and come in two pricing tiers. Note, you must purchase the main ticket for the event, then purchase photo ops. Check out the details here HIGHLANDERS 5 Starfury Conventions UK

July 1st – 3rd 2022 at the Hilton Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow.

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Photo Sessions, some sold out already.

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Outlander Season 6 Costume Journeys

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It’s fair to say many fans weren’t sure of the direction Trisha Biggar would take Outlander in costume. However, since she has costumed a galaxy (Star Wars) in all shapes and sizes, it certainly helped in taking on a lead actress who was pregnant during filming, when she was supposed to be very ill and thin. Between Caitriona Balfe’s amazing work and Biggar’s adapted wardrobe, only a few times did we see angles we weren’t meant to. That aside, Claire Fraser is at another part of her journey in the colonies and Biggar wanted to show that a modern woman living in colonial times would have made some adjustments. Especially if she was a doctor/healer.

it’s a slightly modern twist on what women were wearing at the time, which I always feel is so important… that Claire would always find a way of retaining some of that comfort, some of that ease, some of the practicality from the future while also being able to kind of blend in. – Caitríona Balfe 

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However, the extravagant scenes at River Run, and meeting Flora MacDonald, meant some glam had to come back. Trisha Biggar and her team created a lovely blue frock that also cleverly hid things, as a woman in the era would have done up until confinement. 

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“For the party, I did a lot of experimenting with styles to make sure we had a dress that front-on she doesn’t look pregnant and from the back we can also shoot her quite easily. From the side it was covered or minimized by a shawl.” -Costume Designer Trisha Biggar

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Screen Shot 2022-05-29 at 3.31.44 PMBrianna had her own journey for Season 6, she was a working-at-home mom, experimenting with plumbing, firing pottery pipes, and matches. With another child on the way, Sophie Skelton’s character had a lot of adapting and work to do. Not to mention a husband who decided to follow a path to the clergy. 

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Jamie was now becoming Laird of the Land again, being the landholder at Fraser’s Ridge. As the seasons 5 and 6 progressed, we see Sam Heughan wearing much richer, natural tones of color for the American Colonies, blending in his tartan hues of old with the new frontier.

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“The Frasers are leaving the Ridge slightly more often than they did in Season 5 so we developed slightly different looks for them. They’re not always at the Ridge working and doing domestic things. They are meeting society and having to do business with people nearby.” -Trisha Biggar, Costume Designer

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