Outlander was renewed for an eighth season, a few months before the TV show’s seventh season premieres this year. Starz, a premium cable and satellite television network owned by Lionsgate, has confirmed that Season 8 will be the show’s final season.
While a release date for Season 8 has yet to be set, speculation suggests that filming will begin in 2024 due to scheduling conflicts with the main cast. As a result, the final season will likely debut around 2025.
Meanwhile, the seventh season is slated to premiere in the summer of 2023, meaning the 16-episode season will air between June and September.
Surprisingly, even though Outlander is coming to an end, the Fraser family’s adventure will continue. That’s because, in addition to announcing the show’s renewal (and eventual cancellation), Starz original programming chief Kathryn Busby also formally announced the show’s prequel series. According to rumors, the prequel, titled Outlander: Blood of My Blood, would follow the blossoming passion between Brian Fraser and Ellen MacKenzie, the parents of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Rumors of a prequel first surfaced last February and were confirmed in August.
Season 8 of Outlander will be “thrilled to continue,” according to Starz producer Kathryn Busby.
While providing an update on Season 8’s ten episodes, Busby stated:
“For over a decade, Outlander has captured the hearts of people around the world, and we are delighted to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a fitting conclusion. But before we close this chapter, there is still much of their passionate tale to tell in the run of 26 additional episodes, as well as much more to discover about this dynamic universe and its birth story.We are excited to work with Matthew, Maril and Ronald again and can’t wait to see where their captivating narrative takes us next .”
According to reports, the final season will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s eighth novel in the series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. The novella, published in 2014, takes place in June 1778, when Jamie Fraser “returns from the grave to learn that his closest friend has married his wife.” The official summary of the book continues:
“To his surprise, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere realizes he is the illegitimate son of the newly risen Jamie Fraser (a rebel and a Scottish outlaw!)”, and Jamie’s nephew Ian Murray realizes his new cousin is in love with his Quaker. Groom.”
What is our current knowledge of Blood of My Blood?
Outlander: Blood of My Blood will feature ten episodes, with Matthew B. Roberts serving as writer and executive producer. The program, according to Roberts, “is at its core a love story.” He went on to say:
“It will explore how far a person can go to discover love in a time when love is seen as a luxury and weddings are formed purposefully, often for political or financial gain.”
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) 19 January 2023
The planned series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television, Left Bank Pictures, Moore’s Tall Ship Productions and Story Mining & Supply Company.