Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe
March 14, 2021
Starz® has officially announced that season 7 of Outlander is a go! Filming for the long delayed season 6 began this past month in Cumbernald, Scotland. Covid-19 restrictions delayed the season 6 filming based on Diana Gabaldon’s book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Season 7 will encompass the 7th book in the series, An Echo in the Bone. Matt B. Roberts will return as showrunner, with Sam Heughn, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin all on board. Sony Pictures has picked it up as a 12 episode season. But don’t look for it to air before 2023. Season 6 will be possibly airing in early 2022.
Will the television series stay the course and cover all of Diana Gabaldon’s books? Diana is finishing up the latest book, Go Tell The Bees That I am Gone, the 9th book in the popular series, possibly early next year and may be timed for release when season 6 comes out.
Ron D. Moore, Maril Davis (Tall Ships), Toni Graphia, Jim Kohlberg and Andy Harries will be Executive Producing for season 7. It is not clear yet that Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe will produce again.
Oliver Finnegan as Lord William Ransome
And could we see William Ransome in season 6? Since Stephen Bonnet’s demise was brought in early and in the books, that is where Brianna meets her half brother for the first time, since it the writers are now condensing some story lines, we may get to see young William surface in the season. Outlander has been keeping casting close to the bone this season.
An Echo in the Bone continues with Jamie and Claire Fraser deeply embroiled in the American Revolution. Jamie’s illegitimate son, William Ransome, is an officer in the King’s army with Lord John Grey searching for him. The book has some great plot twists I will not reveal, and as always, the Outlander writers room will possibly combine scenes from the following book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, to speed up the story line.
Even though the American Revolution actually spanned 7 plus years. Remember, just because independence was declared, it was fought for for many years. However, television series on this scale can rarely go through 10 seasons. There have been hints that the Outlander series will receive the same treatment as Game of Thrones, shortened to 8 seasons and writers taking the helm completely as Diana Gabaldon is just beginning the final book in the series. If you have been a fan, you know she takes a good 5 years average to finish each book, often times longer.
However, rejoice in knowing you will have at least 2 more seasons, and a possible spin off series to come.
César Domboy, John Bell, and Kyle Rees
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While Outlander, the wildly popular series starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, is hoping to restart season 6 prep and production, many production crews around the globe struggle with how they will film during a pandemic. Both stars have been contracted for seven seasons, however, there has been no official go-ahead from the studios for a season 7. Prepare yourself for a long shoot that may be broken up into sections depending on if this global pandemic comes back several times as predicted.
Some crews are starting up production plans again in other countries. However, Scotland seems to be still on hold, sadly after announcing building plans for new film studios and announcing Glasgow as the new Gotham for the upcoming Batman film. Filming, just like theater or any other production, requires a lot of people to be in close proximity. How on earth will Jamie and Claire have the, er, famous scenes they are known for? Will all storylines be filmed that don’t require close contact, and camera trickery used to make actors appear close. How will actors adapt with greater distancing in shots? Well, if Graham McTavish can be made to look like a dwarf in his 6 foot plus frame, a film can change perspective and will have to.
Keep in mind that Outlander on a good year bar Scottish weather, can film a season in 8 to 10 months, this production may have to spread out over fall and spring through summer of 2021. Not what you wanted to hear. Sam Heughan revealed recently in a Twitter Q&A that they had started filming and work on episode 601.