Several months before Season 7 of the TV drama’s release this year, Outlander was just renewed for an eighth season. Starz, a premium cable and satellite network owned by Lionsgate, has confirmed that Season 8 will be the final season of the historical drama.
Despite the lack of an official premiere date for Season 8, we have heard that filming won’t begin until 2024 owing to scheduling conflicts with the show’s main cast. Therefore, the debut of the final season could be expected around the year 2025.
Meanwhile, the seventh installment will premiere in the summer of 2023. This will place the premiere of the 16-episode season somewhere from June to September.
When Outlander Season 8 Will Be Available?
Starz has renewed Outlander for a final season, and the news has been reported by Variety. Season 7 of Outlander will debut on the upscale cable and streaming service in the summer of 2023, so this announcement comes well in advance of the premiere.
What an incredible journey with an incredible fanbase. #Outlander has officially been renewed for an eighth and final season. pic.twitter.com/mNJ3AZXW2s
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) January 19, 2023
While Starz has already announced that the prequel series Outlander: Blood of My Blood has been given the go-ahead to begin production, the premiere date has not been set. In an interview with Variety, Starz head of original programming Kathryn Busby hinted at a “major climax” in seasons 7 and 8 for Claire and Jamie’s love affair. What we know about the Season 8 of Outlander, read the next paragraph.
Insights Into Season 8 of Outlander
Season 7 of Outlander is still in development with a launch date set for the summer of 2023, thus the announcement of season 8 comes quite early in the process. After the premiere of Season 6 in March of 2022, production on Season 7 immediately commenced that same year.
In spite of COVID-19’s initial postponement of Outlander’s eight-episode sixth season, the upcoming seventh season will have a significant increase in episode count, with 16 episodes planned. Season 7 of Outlander is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book An Echo in the Bone. The prequel series about Jamie’s parents is also in the works, with Gabaldon’s participation confirmed.
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Season 8 of Outlander will be shorter than season 7, but still better than season 6. In the 10 episodes that make up Season 8, Claire and Jamie’s love journey will finally come to a close.
This season marks the return of Outlander’s original trio of executive producers: Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, and Maril Davis. In the sixth season finale, Claire was taken to a Wilmington, North Carolina, jail to await her trial.
She and Jamie were separated by the Brown gang, but Ian Murray’s efforts prevented them from killing him. There’s still a lot of mystery around what happened at the end of Season 7 of Outlander, but the cast has hinted at a dramatic and bittersweet resolution in Season 8.
Claire’s trial and its conclusion will be a major plot point in the upcoming seventh season. Season 7 of Outlander is based on the book, and like the book, it follows the story of Jamie and Claire’s daughter Brianna and her husband Roger as they travel back in time with their two children, Jeremiah and Mandy.
Season 8’s source material has not been confirmed, but it is possible that the sequel to An Echo in the Bone, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, will serve as inspiration. Season debuts for Outlander have often been spaced out by one or two years, but this early renewal could mean a shorter wait between seasons 7 and 8.
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