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Outlander Season 7 Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

Based on the historical novels written by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander has now resumed filming season 6, and recently, it was announced they were renewed for a seventh season. Since 2014, the love story of Claire Randall/Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) has swept fans off their feet with amazement and wonder. There's nothing quite like this series, even though there are plenty of historical dramas such as The Crown and Versailles.

Since the pandemic halted production, fans have taken to re-watching the series up until season 4 on Netflix and season 5 on Starz. From what we know so far, season 6 will air sometime in early 2021, which means season 7 will follow shortly after, or ... maybe not? After the season 5 finale, things were a bit tense after Claire and company sought revenge on her brutal captors, and now, skipping a whole season ahead, what do we know about season 7?

When will we see season 7?

After Starz officially announced that there will be another season after production wraps up season 6, fans are looking to the future of when to expect it. In a video posted on the Outlander Instagram account, Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna, Sam Heughan, Richard Rankin (Roger Wakefield), and Caitriona Balfe all sat down for a brief video to tease and confirm season 7 is a go.

As mentioned before, since season 6 hasn't even been released, it might be awhile before seven will show up. Since season 4 was just released on Netflix, fans that stream the show on there will be left to fill the void with something else. According to Interview PR, season 7 will probably be available on Netflix at least a year or more after the season finale airs. Long story short, don't expect to see anything on Netflix before 2023.

Which characters will be back and who will be joining them?

The main cast members, which include Balfe, Heughan, Skelton, and Rankin, are all set to reprise their roles in season 7. According to Showbiz CheatSheet, Laura Donnelly, who plays Jamie's sister Jenny Fraser, is already filming episodes for a different TV series called The Nevers, so there might not be much of her in season 6 or (gasp!) in season 7.

What we do know, based on season 5, is some new faces have joined the cast. This includes Fergus (CĂ©sar Domboy), Marsali (Lauren Lyle), twins Josiah and Keziah (Paul Gorman), and handmaid Lizzie (Caitlin O'Ryann). Depending on what happens in season 6, they may reprise their roles in season 7. Beyond these roles, it's too early to say who will come back for sure, who won't, and which new faces will be added to the show's mix. Hopefully, the directors won't make us wait too long!

What is the plot of season 7?

Per Showbiz CheatSheet, executive producer Matthew B. Roberts expressed excitement for the 12-episode order for season 7 while offering up a major plot reveal. Since the show follows the nine-book series, Roberts reveals that Echo in the Bone will be the inspiration for the season. If fans keep up with the novels, they'll have an idea of what that means. The overall storyline follows the adventures of Jamie and Claire, as they continue to America during the Revolution. They are joined by their nephew Ian Murray, who is played by John Bell in the TV series, their old friend Lord John Grey (David Berry), and Jamie's illegitimate son, William Ransom, who is played by the young Clark Butler in season 3. Hopefully, this is a sign that these characters will be back for 7 as well.

The story also follows Brianna and her husband Roger, who has returned to the 20th century with their two children, Jem and Mandy. Since the show has remained true to Diana Gabaldon's series, chances are this will be the same for season 7.