Jamie and Claire's adventures are far from over in Outlander. Their story will continue in Outlander Season 6. Starz's historical drama TV series is based on the ongoing book series of the same title by Diana Gabaldon, and thankfully, its sixth season is arriving this year.
Outlander is Starz's most successful and long-running TV series, and it follows Claire and Jamie Fraser (Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan), a couple brought together through the fabric of time itself after Claire touches the magic stones in the highlands of Scotland during a honeymoon with her husband (played by Tobias Menzies). The show takes lace within various historic events, from World War 2 to the Jacobite Rebellion to times of Scottish settlement in the mountains of North Carolina.
As we get closer and closer to the show's spring premiere date, Starz is sharing more details about the next season. While fans are looking to the Outlander novels for hints on what's coming in the new episodes, we've put together all the information you need to know before Season 6 arrives, including the release date, plot details, cast, trailer, and more.
Outlander Season 6 Release Date: When will it premiere on Starz?
Outlander Season 6 is set to premiere on Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 9/8c across all of Starz's platforms. Its premiere will be 90 minutes long. The news comes from Diana Gabaldon, the author of the Outlander novels, who announced the premiere date on November 22 at the launch event of the ninth book in the series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.
Fans have been waiting since May 2020. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing rules, production was forced to reduce the number of episodes down to eight, which was a significant drop compared to the 12 episodes in the previous season.
In February 2022, John Bell, who plays Ian Murray in the show, dropped a huge tease about a difference in the next season of Outlander. Speaking to Digital Spy, he said: "This season was hugely different on set, we didn't have the same ability to hang out with each other. We made the most of it on set but even then – we were one of the few productions that were allowed to run at that time and due to that special status we had to be so, so careful."
The Season 6 premiere episode, titled Echoes, is now available to watch on Starz. You can watch the first clip from it below:
Outlander Season 6 World Premiere: Where will it take place?
Outlander Season 6 will be having its world premiere on February 24, 2022 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Starz announced that the tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis but the red carpet will be streamed on the official Facebook page of Outlander.
A limited number of tickets were made available for this exclusive event, but they're now sold out. However, fans can watch the event virtually online from 5pm (9am PST, 12pm EST) on February 18.
For those who don't get tickets, the whole event will be available to watch on March 6.
Outlander Season 6 Plot: What book will the new episodes be based on?
Outlander Season 6 will be based on Diana Gabaldon's sixth book of her bestselling Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
There's still a lot of pressure on Jamie to unite the men of his land in the name of King George as the Revolutionary War approaches, but even more pressing in the sixth season will be the newspaper clipping from the future that motivated Bree to return to the past in the first place to warn her parents that they are fated to die in a tragic fire.
According to Starz, Outlander Season 6 “sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie’s fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. Establishing a home in the New World is by no means an easy task, particularly in the wild backcountry of North Carolina — and perhaps most significantly — during a period of dramatic political upheaval. The Frasers strive to maintain peace and flourish within a society which, as Claire knows all too well, is unwittingly marching towards Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge.”
Jamie and Claire "must now defend this home — established on land granted to them by the Crown — not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care. For the Frasers and their immediate family, ‘home’ is more than simply a site in which they live, it is the place where they are laying the foundations for the rest of their lives. If Season 4 asked ‘What is home?’ and Season 5 asked, ‘What are you willing to do to protect your home?’ then Season 6 explores what happens when there is disharmony and division among the inhabitants of the home you’ve created — when you become an outsider, or an ‘outlander,’ so to speak, marginalized and rejected in your own home.”
The title of the eighth episode of Season 6 suggests that Claire will encounter other time travellers whoa re stuck in the 18th Century.
In the finale of Season 5, Claire was surprised to meet Wendigo Donner (Brennan Martin) when she was kidnapped by Lionel Brown (Ned Dennehey) and his gang.Claire asked Wendigo to help her to get to safety but not wanting to draw attention, he refused to become an ally.
For those unfamiliar, Wendigo was a member of the Montauk Five, a group of five Native Americans who travelled through the stones from 1968. They wanted to save their ancestors, which included Otter Tooth, who viewers learned about in Season 4. Claire saw the ghost of Otter Tooth before meeting the Mohawk tribe and learning he had lived with them before. When he began to cause conflict in the group, he was exiled from the tribe but his decision to return led to him being killed.
On Jan. 28, Starz released a promo video that features several Outlander stars sharing a preview for what's coming, and it includes Heughan, who revealed the major spoiler that there's going to be a time skip.
In a Feb 2022 behind-the-scenes look at Outlander Season 6 (via Express), Sophie Skelter, who plays Brianna, reveals what fans can expect when the series returns.
"Season six really does pick up for Brianna personally,” Sophie said. “In the way of very much keeping a close eye on her mother but not in a way where she feels sort of suffocated by Brianna’s care.”
She continued: “Brianna has huge empathy for what Claire’s going through, and she can recognize little signs that maybe other people can’t.”
However, Bree is still not completely sure if Fraser’s Ridge in the 18th Century is exactly where she and her husband belong.
“But as a couple as well, Roger and Bree, again are just sort of resetting back into the Ridge, after trying to leave in season five, but realising this is their home," Sophie explained.
The young couple will have to learn how to fully settle a life on Fraser's Ridge and start a family of their own.
“Their story is sort of starting all over again,” Sophie said. “Their story is sort of starting all over again,” she said “Now that they’ve made their peace in this century, I think it’s very much like going back to chapter one and living life as a family really.”
Outlander Season 6 Episode Titles: What are the titles of the eight new episodes?
The official Twitter account of Outlander revealed the official titles of Season 6's eight episodes.
- Episode 1 - Echoes
- Episode 2 - Allegiance
- Episode 3 - Temperance
- Episode 4 - Hour of the Wolf
- Episode 5 - Give me Liberty
- Episode 6 - The World Turned Upside Down
- Episode 7 - Sticks and Stones
- Episode 8 - I Am Not Alone
Outlander Season 6 Cast: Who will return and who are the newcomers?
Outlander Season 6 will see the return of Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser, along with other returning actors Sam Heughan (Jamie), Sophie Skelton (Brianna), César Domboy (Fergus), Lauren Lyle (Marsali), and John Bell (Ian).
As for the newcomers, joining the cast will be Alexander Vlahos, Mark Lewis Jones, and Jessica Reynolds as the Christie family. They will play Allan Christie, Tom Christie, and Malya Christie, respectively.
The official Outlander Twitter account shared a photo featuring the Christie family:
Outlander star Richard Rankin, who plays Jamie’s son-in-law Roger MacKenzie, talked to RadioTimes.com about how faith is a major theme in the new season: "We're going to see some religious elements being brought into the show and questions [asked] of people's faith and where it lies.
"Tom Christie brings in such a staunch devout approach to Christianity, and his methods of teaching and keeping that line among the community are certainly questioned by Roger," Rankin said. "So immediately, you get that feeling that there's some sort of tension that's going to build between the Christies and the Frasers/MacKenzies."
"It’s always fun to have new characters, new relationships, potential drama and conflict unfolding. I think the Christies are a particularly interesting bunch – they bring with them a sense of uncertainty and danger.
"That's one of the many ways in which Outlander holds itself up so successfully, its guest characters and its guest actors, and I think this is one of the best [seasons] to be honest."
Outlander Season 6 Trailers: Has Starz released trailers, teasers, and other promos for the the new episodes?
Yes, Starz already released the first official teaser for Outlander Season 6, which you can watch above.
The first footage for Outlander Season 6 premiered during a panel at NYCC on Oct. 9, confirming that "the storm," also known as the American Revolutionary War, is coming to Fraser's Ridge in the new season.
The NYCC panel also shared a new Season 6 poster revealing the tagline of the new season: "Come What May".
On March 19, Starz released a full trailer for the next season, and it teases the new dangers and epic romance that Jaime, Claire, and the inhabitants of Fraser's Ridge will experience. You can watch the full trailer below:
The revolutionary war is underway, and the two-minute trailer gives a preview of threats from both foreign (Redcoats) and domestic (book readers would know, and the rest will find out).
"I cannae be two things at once Claire: a rebel, a loyalist, an agent for the crown and an enemy of the king," a conflicted Jamie tells his time-traveler wife in the trailer, to which Claire responds, "You can't live your life afraid of being who you are."
Starz also shared a new clip from Outlander Season 6, and it was uploaded on the show's official Twitter account. The 30-second clip features one of our favorite couples in the hit series, Bree (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) MacKenzie. Watch the clip below:
Taking it to Instagram, Sam Heughan shared a photo of himself, gearing up for the premiere of Outlander Season 6. He asks his 3.4 million followers if they're ready for the new season.
Outlander Season 6 Opening Credits: Will it be different?
Starz revealed the opening credits for Outlander Season 6. Yes, it's different compared to previous seasons', but the show's theme song is still The Skye Boat Song. However, the singers and the mood of the music have changed to fit every season, and Season 6's version is a duet between Raya and Griogair Labhruidh and features new imagery like an extensive look at Fraser's Ridge and a bald eagle. This is the first time the series has featured a male's voice in the opening credits.
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