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Outlander Season 6 really will arrive someday, and executive producer Matthew B. Roberts has promised that it’ll be filled with drama—and worth the wait. And that’s not all: Fans can also look forward to joyful scenes that will be pulled right from bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s sixth novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes.

Of course, as any Outlander obsessive knows, bringing Season 6 to fruition has been anything but easy. Sam Heughan, who stars as Jamie Fraser, told UK’s Daily Record in March 2021, “We started in January and it’s going well. Obviously, it’s been tough with COVID protocols, but also the weather in Scotland has been pretty horrendous. The snow has been bad, but it feels like the spring is finally here, there is hope around the corner!”

As a result of the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic brought about while filming in 2020, Outlander has been reduced to eight episodes, which will air in 2022.

“We are excited to get into the editing room to work on bringing the fans one step closer to reuniting with the family back on Fraser’s Ridge,” Roberts said. “Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible. Dinna fash, we will then film an extended season seven with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.”

The new season will pick up where Season 5 ended with the Frasers and the MacKenzies healing from the traumas and the losses they experienced. But they are all reunited as a family and that will make them strong as they face what lies ahead.

Of course, the core family members will return, including Heughan, Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser, Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall MacKenzie and Richard Rankin as Roger MacKenzie.

Want a few sneak peeks? Keep reading for everything we know about Outlander Season 6 to date—including whether Balfe’s brand-new baby boy means an even longer wait for the series to return.

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What’s the Outlander Season 6 release date?

Season 6 of Outlander, which began filming in January 2021 and wrapped in May, is slated to air in early 2022, according to Starz.

What does Caitriona Balfe’s pregnancy mean for Season 6 of Outlander?

Now that Balfe has revealed the birth of her son, we have to ask: Did her pregnancy affect filming on Season 6 of Outlander? It was previously announced that Season 6 had been shortened due to COVID-19, and to make up for that, additional episodes would be added to Season 7.

“I don’t know how to write ‘COVID-friendly scenes,’ certainly not an Outlander scene, because we are going to have people next to each other, being emotional—you talk close to people, and that’s where it transfers COVID,” Roberts told Elle“We had to figure out, how do we keep OutlanderOutlander? So, we wrote the scripts [as originally intended] and dove in with production: Our producer in the U.K., Guy Tannahill, and our new production designer, Mike Gunn, and our staff over there who have worked on Outlander for a long time. We said, ‘Okay, this scene can’t happen like this. If we did this, this, and this, then we can make it happen.’”

But now, counting the months, it is clear that the producers had the additional issue of Caitriona’s pregnancy to deal with as the actress was pregnant the entire shoot, as filming began in January 2021. That means there was a good chance she may have been showing toward the end, which would be a problem.

As fans of the books know, in The Fiery Cross, Claire was having hot flashes, which means she was starting menopause. And while it is possible to get pregnant during menopause–hence the term”change of life babies”–it is more difficult. Plus, when Jamie and Claire left Fanny’s baby in Brownsville for others to care for, they decided that their family was finished. They had Brianna, Roger, and baby Jeremiah.

But the biggest question of all is, will there be any love scenes between Claire and Jamie in Season 6, which is something we all tune in for? Knowing that Balfe was pregnant, the producers could have filmed them early on before she began showing, or they may not have written any at all. We will just have to wait to see when Outlander returns in 2022.

Is there a trailer for Season 6 of Outlander?

It’s not exactly a trailer, but here’s a first look at Season 6 from Heughan, Balfe, Skelton and Rankin. They share what they’re most excited about, including new faces and new families, like the Christie family.

“The characters forge new relationships, which makes for potential drama,” says Rankin. “That’s what Outlander does so well.”

“The underlying theme of the season is there is a lot more turmoil here,” adds Heughan.

Will there be a Season 7 of Outlander?

Yes! Starz has given the green light for Season 7 of its time travel, romantic epic series, and there is a possibility of an Outlander spinoff!

“Conversations are underway on both Season 7 and spinoffs,” executive producer Ron Moore told The Hollywood Reporter“I think we will have good news on both those fronts before too long, so I feel optimistic about it. I agree that it should have happened before this, but everything happens in its time and I think that both of those things are probably going to happen and, hopefully, we will be able to say something about it before too long.”

What will happen in Outlander Season 6?

Outlander Season 6 will be based on Gabaldon’s sixth novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes. A portion of the story from A Breath of Snow and Ashes was covered in Season 5 of Outlander, but it is a big book, so there is a lot more story to come.

As it opens, the Frasers are overcoming the traumas from last season: Claire’s kidnap and sexual assault, Brianna’s abduction by Stephen Bonnet, Roger’s being hung and almost dying, Jamie’s brush with death after being bitten by a poisonous snake and the death of his godfather Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) at the Battle of Alamance.

“When we left Season 5, the whole family is fractured,” Heughan said during the Outlander End of Summer series. “They are together but Claire still has some healing to do.”

And Balfe agreed, “One of the things I am looking forward to seeing is how she copes with all of that and the repercussions of it. How the family as a whole unit heals together or help her to heal. I think that is going to be a really lovely part of the story.”

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Are there any Outlander spoilers for Season 6?

Since A Breath of Snow and Ashes encompasses the years 1773-76, the Frasers are coming closer to the American Revolution.

“I just love this book, because, I think, there is so much for everyone in it,” said executive producer Maril Davis. “Jamie and Claire, their love deepens; Roger and Brianna, they have their own journey, and something fun and new happens with them. Caitlin O’Ryan, who plays Lizzie, has a great story, and she is such a phenomenal actress. There are just so many exciting things.”

Some high points from the book that may or may not be included in the TV series are:

—Jamie’s new job as “Indian agent” finds him away from Fraser’s Ridge a good deal as he travels to meetings with the Cherokee tribes.

—Claire is accused of murder.

—Roger becomes a minister.

—Brianna and Roger have a daughter.

—Lizzie is pregnant, but she isn’t sure whether the father is Josiah or Keziah Beardsley, so they all three raise the child together.

And Heughan hints at a change for Season 6, telling in an exclusive interview, “Every season, every episode, there is always something that you don’t expect. And I’m like, ‘OK, that’s what Jamie’s doing. That’s who he is.’ Actually, this season from what I’ve seen of the scripts, I’m excited because I think there is another side to him you haven’t seen before.”

When Season 6 begins, the first episode will be titled “Echoes,” and it has nothing to do with An Echo in the Bone, the seventh book in the Outlander franchise. Rather, showrunner Roberts told Elle, When you see the first episode, the title will speak for itself. Each character will be dealing with something from their past and it will help us tell stories going forward. There was a different title on my very first drop.

But since Roberts shared that information, fan sites are posting the titles for several other episodes as well, but those have not yet been confirmed by Starz:

1. Echoes

2. Allegiance

3. Temperance

Which Outlander cast members are returning for Season 6?

Sam Heughan

Caitriona Balfe

Sophie Skelton

Richard Rankin

John Bell

Caitlin O’Ryan

How long does Sam Heughan plan to star on Outlander?

“I hope we get to the end and I hope we finish it properly,” Heughan told in an exclusive interview.  “We are about to do season 6 and we will see what happens. We love the story. It is getting there. I think it’s had a second life with being released on Netflix and various things and lockdown. People are discovering it, which is great. Scotland will always be my home. I will always have a place there. I would love to find a place. I don’t know for my career. Something I keep asking myself is where will I go when this is all done. I don’t know. I don’t know what will happen. What is life after Jamie Fraser?”

Where was Outlander Season 6 filmed?

The entire season was filmed in Scotland, which doubles for North Carolina.

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How many episodes will there be in Outlander Season 6?

Despite our wish for more, there will only be 8 episodes in Season 6, down from the 12 there were in Season 5.

Where can I watch and stream Outlander Season 6 on TV and online?

When it premieres, the new season of Outlander will air on STARZ and the STARZ app, most likely premiering new episodes on Sunday nights. Previous seasons of Outlander are currently available to stream through Amazon, the STARZ app and Hulu.

Is there a trailer for Outlander Season 6?

Not yet, but stay tuned. As soon as one becomes available, we will post it here.

What happened in Outlander Season 5?

Despite being only 12 episodes, Outlander Season 5 was jam-packed. Here are the highlights:

Brianna and Roger were married in a lavish wedding at Fraser’s Ridge, when Brianna learned that Stephen Bonnet was still alive.

Jamie pretended to hunt for his godfather Murtagh Fitzgibbons with the aid of Redcoat Lieutenant Hamilton Knox, even though he had no intention of capturing him, much less killing him. Truth be told, Jamie’s sympathies were actually on the side of the Regulators, but Governor Tryon threatened to take away Fraser’s Ridge if Jamie didn’t raise a militia to subdue the Regulators.

Claire learned that the medical advice she distributed using the pseudonym Dr. Rawlings, which is the name of the doctor on the medical chest that was a gift from Jamie, had gone far and wide, which put her life in jeopardy.

Jocasta married Duncan Innes even though her heart belonged to Murtagh.

The Redcoats and the Regulators faced off at the Battle of Alamance. When a Regulator tried to shoot Jamie, Murtagh saved his life, only for one of Jamie’s soldiers to shoot Murtagh. Murtagh died before Claire could try to work her medical magic.

Roger was mistaken for a Regulator and hanged by Governor Tryon. Jamie and Claire had him cut down just in time, but he lost his singing voice.

Young Ian returned from his time with the Mohawks, but was a changed man.

Jamie was bitten by a venomous snake and extracted a promise from Roger to kill Stephen Bonnet in his stead if he died. Claire used every trick in her book to save Jamie’s life.

Brianna was abducted by Stephen Bonnet, who planned to sell her into white slavery. Jamie, Roger, Claire and Ian came to her rescue just in time.

Stephen Bonnet was sentenced to death by drowning–his worst fear–and Brianna took pity on him and shot him before the water rose all the way.

Claire was kidnapped and assaulted by a group of renegade men from Brownsville, forcing Jamie to gather a group of loyal men to rescue her. They managed to save her life, but not before she was sexually assaulted and abused.

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