Outlander, the acclaimed TV series based on the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, has captivated audiences with its epic tale of love, time travel, and historical drama. With Season 7 currently unfolding, fans are eager to delve into the second part of this season and explore what lies ahead. In this comprehensive guide, we will navigate through the intricacies of “Outlander” Season 7 Part 2 and explore the exciting prospects for the show’s future.
A Journey Through the Novels
Diana Gabaldon’s book series, the source material for “Outlander,” originally consisted of a planned 10 novels. As of now, nine books have been penned. The TV adaptation closely follows the books, and as we approach the conclusion of Season 7, which corresponds to the seventh book, “An Echo in the Bone,” it becomes clear that the show will take a unique path to its conclusion. The challenge of compressing the details from the remaining three books into a single season poses a daunting task.
Outlander Season 7, Part 2 and Season 8 Clarification
To clarify the structure of Season 7, it’s important to note that it has been divided into two parts. The seventh season comprises a total of 16 episodes, with the first eight episodes premiering on June 16, 2023, and the second set to air sometime in 2024. Furthermore, in January 2023, the creators announced a thrilling development—a renewal for Outlander Season 8, the final season of 10 episodes.
Outlander Season 7 Production Updates
Despite the challenges posed by ongoing strikes in Hollywood, “Outlander” fans can rejoice in knowing that the second part of Season 7 is already in the can. The dedicated cast and crew returned to the captivating Scottish landscapes to consecutively shoot both parts of the season, embarking on this journey in April 2022. Their dedication paid off when they officially wrapped up filming in February 2023. Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, shared the exciting news on his Instagram account, expressing gratitude to the hardworking crew and eagerly anticipating the release of Season 8.
Release Date for Outlander Season 7 Part 2
The decision to extend Season 7 to 16 episodes came after the pandemic-induced delay in Season 6. As of now, eight episodes of Season 7 have graced our screens, leaving fans eager for the remaining eight. While a return date has indeed been set, the production team is keeping this detail under wraps for the time being. In an interview with Insider, Executive producer Maril Davis mentioned that fans would have to wait a little longer for the official announcement.
Outlander Season 7 Part 2 Plotline
The mid-season finale of Season 7 brought us a significant turning point as the Fraser family finally returned to their homeland of Scotland after more than a decade in the American Colonies. This poignant reunion with their kin and country serves as a fitting pause in the series. The first half of Season 7 delved deep into the early years of the American Revolution, following Jamie’s conscription into the Continental Army in New York. It portrayed his harrowing experience of being wounded in the first Battle of Saratoga and the near-fatal confrontation with his son, William Ransom, a Redcoat, in the second battle.
Fortunately, Jamie’s path takes a different turn as he is entrusted with the solemn duty of transporting the body of his second cousin, Loyalist Brigadier General Simon Fraser, back to Scotland for burial. This journey takes the family far from the frontlines of the revolution.
In the 20th century, Brianna and Roger return to the past to seek treatment for their daughter’s heart murmur, only to be entangled in a perilous situation when a new acquaintance, Rob Cameron, kidnaps their son Jemmy in search of lost Spanish gold from the Colonial era. The season concludes with the couple fearing that Rob has taken Jemmy through the mystical stones.
If there’s one lesson that “Outlander,” both the Starz series and Gabaldon’s book series, has taught us, it’s that the Fraser family’s homecoming and the quest to rescue Jemmy will be anything but straightforward. Watch the trailer below.
What Books Will Outlander Season 7 Cover?
Executive producer Maril Davis previously confirmed that Season 7 would adapt content from Books 6, 7, and 8, spread across its 16 episodes. The first four episodes of Season 7 wrapped up the events of “A Breath of Snow and Ashes,” which had carried over from the shortened Season 6 due to the pandemic. With that storyline now complete, the rest of Season 7 will focus on completing “An Echo in the Bone” (Book 7) and beginning “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” (Book 8). Moreover, the forthcoming eighth and final season of “Outlander” will delve into the ninth book in Gabaldon’s series, titled “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone.”
The fate of the beloved opening credits and theme song, “The Skye Boat Song,” performed by Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, remains uncertain following O’Connor’s passing. Fans eagerly await news on whether her rendition will continue to accompany Season 7, Part 2.
Outlander Season 7 Cast
Prior to the season’s premiere, Starz announced a roster of new and returning guest stars who would grace both parts of Season 7. Some have already made their debut in Part 1, including Benedict Arnold, who crossed paths with Claire at Saratoga. In the 20th-century storyline with Brianna and Roger, we also encountered Rob Cameron and reunited with the time-traveling Buck MacKenzie, last seen at the Battle of Alamance.
However, Part 2 promises the return of fan-favorite characters, some of whom have returned from the grave. Graham McTavish reprises his role as Dougal MacKenzie, who met his end in Season 2. Lotte Verbeek returns as Geillis Duncan, last seen in Season 3. Nell Hudson returns as Laoghaire Fraser, who was once married to Jamie and was last seen in Season 4. Steven Cree, as Ian Murray, Young Ian’s father and Jamie’s brother-in-law, adds to the excitement.
In a surprising twist, Kristin Atherton takes on the role of Jenny Murray, Jamie’s sister and Young Ian’s mother. Jenny was previously portrayed by Laura Donnelly.
Where to Watch
For those eager to catch up or relive earlier seasons, “Outlander” Seasons 1-6 are available on the Starz app. Netflix offers Seasons 1-5 for streaming, and Amazon Prime Video and Hulu subscribers can access the series with a Starz add-on subscription.