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Outlander Season 7 Is Coming, And Will The Sassenach Be Freed? We Investigate

It is set up to sort out the major chaos we were left with at the end of season six.
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*Alert: This Article Contains Spoilers For Outlander Season 6 And The Novel Season 7 Is Based On*

There’s no doubt that finishing a season of Outlander leaves a Jamie-sized hole in our hearts, and we begin to wonder when we can anticipate the next (this time, the seventh) season.

At the end of season six we were almost to the end of adapting the novel series’ sixth book, A Breath Of Snow And Ashes.

In the story, we see Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) continue to forge their life in colonial America, building Fraser’s Ridge and dealing with the complications of a largely unstable environment on their land.

Where Did We Leave Off In Season 6 Of Outlander?

We saw *spoiler alert* the return of Jamie’s Ardsmuir prison rival Tom Christie, stirring up tension on the Ridge, and Claire begin to create and use ether in her medical endeavours. Marsali and Fergus struggle with life as new parents, Jem is low-key confirmed to be Rodger’s biological child and a dysentery epidemic nearly takes Claire out. Then, of course, a murder.

We are, naturally, speaking about the murder of Malva Christie, who had become one of Claire’s close medical apprentices. When she becomes pregnant and tries to convince the Ridge it is Jamie’s son, it throws suspicion onto the couple. When Malva is murdered, it is Claire who is suspected as the ‘scorned woman’ (especially given she tried to perform a C-Section to get the baby out of the body and see if it would live, something frowned upon in 1700’s America).

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Balfe and Heughan on set of ‘Outlander’. (Credit: Image: Instagram)

The audience knows that Malva had been molested by her half-brother Allan Christie, and that he was the father of the child. It was he who murdered her to cover his tracks, Claire eventually finds this out too.

However, Claire is charged with the murder and taken to stand trial in town, while Jamie is nearly deported on a ship, before Ian saves him, so they can go and save Claire. The series ends on a cliffhanger, making us wonder what they will be covering in season seven.

When Is The Release Date For Outlander Season 7?

We will have not one but two dates for Outlander season seven because it is being released in two parts.

Outlander Season 7, Part 1, will officially return on Saturday 17 June 2023 at 7.30pm. 

Outlander Season 7, Part 2, is expected to arrive a fair time after that, in 2024.

How Many Episodes Are In Outlander Season 7?

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This is set to be a huge season. (Credit: Image: Outlander)

Outlander is naturally a big feat to create given the authentic sets creating a world from long ago. The seventh season is expected to be a long one, with 16 episodes total.

In this way, it’s kind of like two seasons rolled into one, long season, two-part season.

Now, it would seem obvious to simply call it, season seven and season eight, however, this series will cover the plot points from the book An Echo In The Bone, which comes in at a whopping 820 page tome. There is a lot to get through, so that could be why they’re essentially filming two seasons but still placing it all under the ‘season seven’ title.

Who Will The Cast Of Outlander Season 7 Be?  

We will see our favourites return to the screen for Outlander, season seven.

  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser
  • Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
  • Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield
  • Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall
  • John Bell as Young Ian
  • David Berry as Lord John Grey
  • Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie
  • Mark Lewis Jones as Tom Christie

We will also see Charles Vandervaart as Jamie’s long-lost son William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter, Ian’s love interest.

What Will Happen In Outlander Season 7?

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Young Ian poised to shoot in ‘Outlander’ season seven. (Credit: Image: Outlander)

Please be aware of major spoiler alerts from the book An Echo In The Bone, which are likely to feature on season seven.

One of the biggest pieces of news for show watchers will be that Brianna, Roger, Jem and Mandy are heading home to Lallybroch, but in the 20th Century. Yet, the ghosts of their life in the 1700s follow them, complicating their lives greatly.

Claire, Jamie and Ian set off to Scotland to see the family and retrieve Jamie’s printing press, but a series of mishaps keep them in the US, so they are forced to become involved in the brewing war.

There are a few close calls as Jamie faces off against his own son, William Ransom. Eventually the family make it to Scotland (Ian has found himself a girlfriend in the form of Rachel Hunter by now), and they sort out all the loose ends in the mainland.

There is a familial loss that keeps them there, but when Marsali’s son gets sick Claire goes back to the US. When Jamie heads off himself, later, news arrives to Claire and Lord John that his boat was sunk with no survivors. In a series of unfortunate events, John is forced to marry Claire in order to keep her safe. In their grief they sleep together, but it turns out that Jamie may not be as dead as first thought.

Who Sings The ‘Skye Boat Song’ In Outlander Season 7?,

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We will get to see more of Lord John Grey and William Ransom this season. (Credit: Image: Outlander)

There have been a number of renditions of Outlander’s iconic ‘Skye Boat Song’ over the years, and season seven appears to be no different.

This time, it will be Irish singer, Sinead O’Connor, performing it in an emotional rendition that really flies.

Showrunner Matthew B Roberts released a statement on the new tune, saying, “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.”

Where To Watch Outlander Season 7 in Australia?

Like the rest of Outlander’s previous seasons, season seven will be available on BINGEFoxtel ONE and Foxtel On Demand. It may end up going on Netflix eventually as well (after the show is finished airing), however that has not been confirmed as yet.

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