Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season
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When will Outlander return to rule the television screens with the final season? Continue reading to find out more about
Outlander Season 8. 

Are you ready to return to the captivating world of Outlander for the final adventure? If yes, then we can assure you that the journey into this heartfelt tale of historical time travel novels by Diana Gabaldon is going to delve deeper into the lives of a married former World War II nurse, later surgeon, Claire Randall, and the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser! So, if you are curious to know all the latest details, then you have reached the right place to get all your answers for the final season!

As it’s finally time to embark on an emotional journey filled with new challenges and unexpected twists because we have got you covered with all the new updates that will be helpful for you to understand what new developments are happening behind the scenes that have been disclosed by the network so far, which will increase your excitement more than ever! For your convenience, here is everything we know so far about Starz’s Outlander Season 8. 

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Release Date: When will it premiere?

As per recent reports, the production of the eighth and final season is assumed to begin later this year in Scotland. So, there is clearly a lot of time left, as the series is still in its pre-production stage, which takes time to approve before the star cast and film crew hit the ground. New updates about the series finale may also take more time to release since the ongoing dual strikes, which include the 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, have become a major factor in causing delays for production houses across various networks.

Hence, there is a chance that the final season’s release may be postponed as the two strikes still haven’t reached any agreement with negotiation between the Writers Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers slated to resume next week. Until we receive any acknowledgment, but for your convenience, we speculate that the final season might be aiming to be released before the end of 2024 or even the beginning of 2025, only if the duals strike concludes within the next few weeks as it is speculated to last until October 2023, as it’s only then the production will officially begin later this year after the break without causing any more delays.

Until then, we’ll just have to wait, hope for the best, and see what happens next! *Finger’s Crossed* In the meantime, we urge the readers to check out the official Outlander Season 8 renewal announcement as shared on the show’s Twitter handle among their followers, with a one-minute clip of the star cast showcasing some behind-the-scenes footage confirming the final season, quoting, “What an incredible journey with an incredible fanbase. #Outlander has officially been renewed for an eighth and final season.”

Outlander Season 8 Plot: What to expect from the final season?

As of writing this, we can confirm to the readers that only a few hours ago, the seventh season debuted the final episode of its first part on August 11, 2023. Due to this, the official plot of the eighth season has not yet been revealed because it’s simply too early to reveal the plot summary of the last season. If you have been streaming the new episodes, then you’ll know that there is still plenty of time left to disclose such information because the seventh season still has eight episodes to air in 2024! 

This is one of the reasons why the network, along with the show creators, have restricted themselves from releasing any information about the exact plotlines of the last season in order to avoid early spoilers! The fans will have to wait for some time, maybe until the final episode of the seventh season airs next year. As it’s only then, we’ll get some insight into the final chapter. For now, the viewers will just have to make assumptions about the conclusion of the overall story and the character arcs.

“For nearly a decade ‘Outlander’ has won the hearts of audiences worldwide and we’re pleased to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a proper conclusion,” said Kathryn Busby, president of original programming for Starz. Further adding, “But before we close this chapter there is plenty of their passionate story to tell over the course of 26 new episodes and even more to explore this dynamic world and its origin story. We’re thrilled to continue to partner with Matthew, Maril, and Ronald and can’t wait to see where their alluring storytelling takes us next.”

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Potential Spoiler: What has been confirmed so far?

Even though Droughtlander is here, there are still interesting things in store for us! Much to viewers’ delight, recently, executive producer Maril Davis was asked by RadioTimes.com how the series would end in the absence of the last installment of the Outlander saga, which she has confirmed. She revealed: “We’ve talked to Diana a bit. Once we figure out how the actual ending is going to be – which we don’t totally have yet – I think we’ll run it by her and make sure she’s OK with it.” 

She continued: “I’ve asked her about things that we want to do to make sure she’s OK. The last thing we want to do is step on Diana’s toes, she’s been so lovely and supportive of this series and so thrilled with how it’s gone. We want to repay her and be respectful of her, do her books justice.”

“But also, she’s always felt like the books are hers and the show is something different and I love that about her, she gives us that freedom also to take chances and risks and do things slightly differently.” Davis concluded: “We will of course run things by her, it will have to be slightly different, obviously, because she’s ending it and she hasn’t figured that out yet – what that it is – and we’re going to have to end the TV show. I’m excited about it but we have a few surprises up our sleeve.” 

Davis also revealed: “It’s tough because we’re not finishing the book series, obviously there’s one more book. It’s tough to wrap it up before the books have wrapped. There’s so many things to track and figure out, we want a satisfying ending that’s not Diana’s ending obviously.”

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Cast: Who will return in the last season?

We would like to highlight that there has been no official confirmation about the returning cast members, as we still have to wait for the seventh season to conclude in order to get some idea about which characters will have the potential to make a comeback in the final season. Until then, the main characters from the seventh season are speculated to reprise their roles, which are as follows:

Caitríona 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 Murray, David Berry as Lord John Grey, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Wemyss Beardsley, Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Jocasta Cameron Innes, Mark Lewis Jones as Thomas Christie, Alexander Vlahos as Allan Christie, Paul Gorman as Josiah and Keziah Beardsley, and Andrew Adair and Matthew Adair as Jemmy MacKenzie. 

Some of the crucial crew members include Roberts executive producers alongside series creators Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Luke Schelhaas, Andy Harries, Jim Kohlberg, Balfe, and Heughan. Moreover, Moore’s Tall Ship Productions, Left Bank Pictures, and Story Mining & Supply Company produce the series in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Episodes: How many will be there, and where to stream?

Back in January 2023, it was confirmed that Outlander was renewed for a ten-episode runtime of 53–90 minutes in the eighth and final season. Since then, the official episode titles and synopsis of the last season have not been released yet. The network will publish those details when the episodes are due to air on the streaming service. So, we would advise fans to be patient and binge-watch all the prior seasons to recall the overall storyline.

When the release date draws close, Outlander Season 8, along with all the prior seasons of Outlander, will be available to stream exclusively on STARZ and the STARZ app, with new episodes most likely premiering on Friday nights, just like the prior seasons. Moreover, the previous seasons can currently be viewed on Amazon, the STARZ app, Netflix, and Hulu, depending on the region you live in and the membership plan you choose. Lastly, it is internationally distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Outlander Season 8 Official Trailer: Has it been released?

As mentioned above, it is way too early to release the promotional stuff for the last season when the filming hasn’t even begun. In the meantime, we urge the readers to check out the official trailer for the seventh season, which is now airing all the new episodes on a weekly basis. The new season follows after the harrowing events of Season 6; Jamie and Young Ian race to rescue Claire before she’s tried and wrongfully convicted for the murder of Malva Christie.

But their mission is complicated by the beginning of a geopolitical firestorm: The American Revolution has arrived. In the seventh season of Outlander, Jamie, Claire, and their family are caught in the violent birth pains of an emerging nation as armies march to war and British institutions crumble in the face of armed rebellion. 

The land the Frasers call home is changing – and they must change with it. In order to protect what they’ve built, the Frasers have to navigate the perils of the Revolutionary War. They learn that sometimes to defend what you love, you have to leave it behind. As the conflict draws them out of North Carolina and into the heart of this fight for independence, Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger are faced with impossible decisions that have the potential to tear their family apart.

Take a look at the official trailer for Outlander Season 7 below: 

Outlander | Season 7 Official Trailer | STARZ

Outlander Frequently Asked Questions

Is Outlander Season 8 going to be the last season?

Sadly, the reports are true! We are a bit disheartened to report this to you, but the eighth season of Outlander is going to be the final chapter for Claire Fraser and James “Jamie” Fraser!

The news was confirmed when the eighth season was renewed back in January 2023, along with Outlander: Blood of My Blood, which was officially confirmed for a ten-episode first season. Now there is no doubt that the sun will finally set on the Scottish Highlands, and anticipation for what lies ahead in Outlander Season 8 has reached new heights, which makes one thing pretty much clear: the final season will be nothing short of epic! As stated above, the production of the eighth and final season is assumed to begin later this year in Scotland. 

So, there is clearly a lot of time left when new updates about the series’ final season will be disclosed in the near future. 

Outlander Season 8 Release Date Updates: Everything we know about the final season

Is there a prequel series in development?

Drum rolls, please… It’s a big Yes! 

A ten-episode first season of a prequel series titled, “Outlander: Blood of My Blood,” has been in development since February 2022, and the show will focus on Jamie Fraser’s parents, Brian and Ellen Fraser. “Outlander: Blood of My Blood is, at its heart, a love story. It will explore what lengths a person will go to find love in a time when love is considered a luxury, and when marriages are made strategically, often for political or financial gain,” said Roberts. 

Further adding, “The title is a nod to Jamie Fraser’s marriage vow to Claire and there will be several names and faces that Outlander fans will know and recognize. Jamie and Claire’s TV story may be coming to an end with season eight, but Diana is continuing on with their literary journey in her wonderful book series and is working diligently on book ten. With Jamie and Claire, and now Brian and Ellen, there is still so much more to come in the Outlander universe, and we cannot wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans.”

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for more Outlander Season 8 updates on Web News Observer.