I always thought being so close to death would make one too nervous to eat. Apparently not.
Remember these lines by Claire from Outlander season 6? Then you must be one of those who have loved the Outlander series and can’t wait for Jamie and Claire to return back to the screen with their wonderful chemistry. Last year’s Christmas brought in good news for the fans of the series when the trailer for the seventh season of the show was launched in December 2022.
Though an official release date has not yet been confirmed, its streaming service STARZ had announced Outlander season 7 will release sometime in the summer of 2023 and will consist of 16 episodes. Now there’s the question – Will the seventh season get split into 2 parts just like the first one? We have tried finding that out.
Outlander is a historical drama series based on the international best-selling Outlander books series, by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore, the show premiered in 2014 on Starz, and traces the story of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a World War 2 nurse who finds herself mysteriously transported back in time and starts a new life in 1743 Scotland. There she falls in love and marries a handsome Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser, thereby getting involved in Jacobite rising.
Catch the teaser trailer of Outlander season 7 below.
Will Outlander Season 7 be split into two parts?
Though STARZ has said that Outlander will release in the summer of 2023, we are still not aware of the actual date of release. The series could premiere as early as the end of June. This would mean that the first episodes itself will be streaming till the end of August or till the beginning of September if there’s a break of one week.
Now we need to keep in mind that a series of this scale which consists of a lot of graphics and requires to evoke the feeling of a period drama needs more than the regular time taken by other series, for its post-production. That means if a regular show takes 6 months, this would take at least 8 months to complete the post-production of all 16 episodes. So the end of August or the beginning of September will not be enough to get through post-production of all its episodes. Moreover, the filming of Outlander season 7 will supposedly go on until at least February or March, which merely indicates that there may not be enough time to get through all the episodes and still release it in the summer.
What we understand from this is, the completion of the series’ filming and all its post-production work would lead to splitting season 7 of Outlander into two, in order to release it in time. The first part may release in August-September which will push the second half of the season to later in 2023 or early 2024. Now that Season 8 of the series is renewed, STARZ will want to space out content in order to avoid an extremely long gap between the two seasons, remembering the drought of 429 days between seasons 2 and 3 of Outlander.
What to expect from Outlander Season 7?
The seventh season of Outlander will be based on The Echo in the Bone, which is the seventh book in the series. As the new trailer reveals, Claire and her husband Jaime (Sam Heughan) will keep navigating the New World in Season 7.
The latest season also promises to dig deeper into the time-traveling concept which is the highlight of the show, as the new season’s first posters ask, ‘When do you belong?’ We can say that the question has been asked to tease that Claire and Jaime might have to make tough choices when deciding when and where they want to live their lives.
Who will be the cast members of Outlander season 7?
While Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will remain our Claire and Jaime, the trailer has already revealed some new faces who will star in the upcoming season, such as Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter, and Joey Phillips as Denzell Hunter. Season 7 of Outlander will also see the return of the earlier cast like Sophie Skelton as Brianna MacKenzie, Richard Rankin as Roger MacKenzie, John Bell as Young Ian, David Berry as Lord John Grey, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Beardsley, and Paul Gorman as Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.
There’s more good news for fans of the series as Starz is also expanding the series universe with a prequel spinoff series named Outlander: Blood of My Blood. The spinoff will tell the story of Jaime’s parents, diverging from the original literary source to give fans a brand new story they can’t find anywhere else.