Here’s the good news, Outlander fans—the Droughtlander is finally over. The bad news? season 6 is only eight episodes long, which is a major change from previous seasons which have run anywhere from thirteen to sixteen episodes apiece.
But more good news—Starz has already renewed the show for a seventh run, and next season will be a hefty sixteen episodes to make up for the truncated sixth. “Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible,” showrunner Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement. “Dinna fash, we will then film an extended season seven with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.”
So in the meantime, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t miss a single one of those precious eight episodes. Here’s the full schedule of exactly when each episode will air:
Episode 1:”Echoes” (90-minute premiere), March 6 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 2: “Allegiance,” March 13 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 3: “Temperance,” March 20 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 4: “Hour of the Wolf,” March 27 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 5: “Give Me Liberty,” April 3 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 6: “The World Turned Upside Down,” April 10 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 7: “Sticks and Stones,” April 17 at 9 p.m. ET
Episode 8: “I Am Not Alone,” April 24 at 9 p.m. ET
Season six of Outlander is shaping up to be one of the most stressful yet, as Jamie and Claire’s peaceful life at Fraser’s Ridge is threatened, first by the arrival of the Christie family, and more broadly by the looming Revolutionary War.
One intriguing change this season is that for the first time, the show hired an intimacy coordinator to guide the actors through sex scenes. During a 92Y Talks interview (per Parade), Heughan revealed that it was his idea to bring coordinator Vanessa Coffey on board.
“With intimate scenes, it’s important that everyone is protected, but also we find a way to explore these scenes and actually maybe get something more out of them,” he said. “I think this season we’ve done an even better job with those types of scenes because she really helped us understand what we are doing and how we build up this relationship and take it somewhere else, so she’s been terrific.”