In the middle of the Droughtlander, Sam Heughan has provided Outlander fans with some holiday cheer and the thought that Season 8 of the Diana Gabaldon-inspired series, which will be the final season, is starting production —or at least costume fittings—as the hot Scot is taking fans inside the wardrobe department with a video set to the Bear McCreary’s title song, “The Skye Boat Song” (Choral Version) (feat. Raya Yarbrough)—with the simple note: “Entering the FINAL season….”
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All 16 episodes of Season 7 were filmed prior to the writers’ strike, and the first eight have aired, with the second eight scheduled for sometime in 2024. When exactly has yet to be revealed. The conclusion of the writers strike on Sept. 27 allowed the Outlander writers to go back to work crafting Season 8.
What Season 8 will be is not yet known because Gabaldon hasn’t finished writing the as yet untitled book 10 in the series, which may or may not be the conclusion of Outlander. Diana hasn’t yet revealed that.
One of the things she has spoken about in interviews is that in the final book, she will address Jamie’s ghost who is looking up at Claire’s (Caitríona Balfe) lighted room in Mrs. Baird’s Bed & Breakfast, which happened in both the first book and in episode one of the series. So, the question is: Will the TV show also include that?
“We want to be respectful of her and we’re going to have to end the show a different way, I think,” executive producer Maril Davis, who is one of the two people to whom Diana has revealed the end of the story, told Parade. “Still, it’s a lot of pressure. You want to make it satisfying. We want to be satisfied and we want the fans to be satisfied. We want to leave the show in a place that you’re feeling, ‘I’m sad but ‘Oh, my God, that was amazing.’”