‘Outlander’ Season 7 Countdown Has Begun, and Revolution is Coming
It’s hard to believe, but it has been more than a year since we bid adieu to our friends in
It’s hard to believe, but it has been more than a year since we bid adieu to our friends in “Outlander.”
Well, that’s assuming you haven’t been obsessively watching reruns since season six wrapped on May 1, 2022.
But we’re not admitting that we have been.
Anyway, the countdown to season 7 has begun – it will air on June 16, 2023 – and everyone’s getting hype about what to expect in the next season.
Season 6 was a rollercoaster of emotions, that took us from feeling safe and hopeful to bereft and anxious about what’s next.
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Let’s take a quick look back at what happened in season 6:
- Claire struggled with healing in the aftermath of being sexually assaulted.
- We found out what young Ian has been up to for the past few years.
- Bree and Roger set off on a new journey as their family grew.
- The Christie family came to town, with their puritanical beliefs running up hard against Jamie and Claire’s more progressive (one might say “futuristic”) community expectations.
- Jamie came to grips with the impending Revolution and began to make peace with his role in the war to come.
- The Fraser peace came crashing down after Malva claimed that Jamie had fathered her unborn child.
- After Malva was found murdered in the garden outside of Claire’s own kitchen, the time-traveling doctor was arrested and wrongfully charged with her murder. Claire struggled to remember what happened because she was dosing herself with drugs to cope with being assaulted.
And those are just the highlights (lowlights?) of what transpired.
Season six was a short one because Caitriona Balfe (Claire) was pregnant in real life, and the cast and crew ran into scheduling and production issues due to lingering pandemic restrictions. So fans only received a grueling eight episodes.
Season 7, however, will return to the series regularity, with sixteen episodes. And, as expected, they’ll be split into two parts. The first eight will air starting June 16, and the remaining eight will air sometime in 2024. Jesus H Roosevelt Christ, could we just get a regular season?
And here’s what we can look forward to, according to Glamour:
“The war that we knew was coming is finally here, and loyalties will be put to the test. Per Starz’s official description, ‘Season seven picks up from the harrowing events of the end of season six, with Jamie and Young Ian racing to rescue Claire before she’s tried and wrongfully convicted for the murder of Malva Christie. But their mission is complicated by the beginning of a geopolitical firestorm: The American Revolution has arrived. In the seventh season of Outlander, 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.’”
New photos released of the upcoming season show Claire standing in front of Fraser’s Ridge with slightly longer hair, so we can surmise that she returns home – but it’s unclear how the rescue or exoneration will go down.
And as a side note (and cool trivia point), this year’s opening song will be performed by Sinead O’Conner. Showrunner and executive producer Matthew B Roberts said of this season’s song, “We are honored to have Sinead O’Connor performing ‘The Skye Boat Song.’ Her rendition is, for me, a reminder of all that’s beautiful about Outlander. She is talented beyond measure. Hers is a voice of the ages—one which pierces heart and soul—and embodies the spirit of the show.”
So now there’s nothing left to do but count down the days – and there’s less than a month to go.