Outlander star Sam Heughan has revealed some fresh new details for season seven for fans who may be concerned over Jamie’s fate at the end of the shocking finale earlier this year.
The sixth season of Outlander concluded with the worst possible outcome for the Frasers after Claire (played by Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) were separated by hundreds of miles. Thankfully, the lead actor for the Starz series Sam has just assured fans they don’t need to worry about Jamie’s fate heading into season seven.
Sam has confirmed Jamie is thankfully still alive and well when fans eventually tune into Outlander again.
Production is currently underway on an extended seventh outing following season six, which was shortened due to Covid restrictions.
Although a release date has yet to be confirmed by Starz, the Fraser clan is hoped to return to screens by the end of next year.
In the meantime, millions of fans around the world are on the edge of their seats to find out the outcome of a horrific attack on Fraser’s Ridge.
“We cut it short, so this season is Outlander XL,” Sam confirmed. “It’s 16 episodes and we pick up where we left off.
“Claire has been put in prison and Jamie is, thankfully, still alive and he’s out to rescue her.”
Jamie’s wife was once again hounded by the Brown gang and thrown in prison miles away from her home in North Carolina.
The stakes have never been higher heading into a new season of Outlander, and some fans may be fearing the worst for Jamie as he prepares to take down an army of men to save his beloved Claire.
Thanks to a last-minute rescue from his friends Young Ian (John Bell) and Chief Bird (Glen Gould), Jamie will be back with a vengeance to rescue her from their latest predicament.
Outlander’s last season ended on a major cliffhanger, as Starz was unable to finish its adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s sixth novel, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, due to Covid.
Thankfully, the series was granted an extended run of 16 episodes, which will wrap up the latest chapter as well as bringing book seven, An Echo in the Bone, to screens.
The Covid lockdowns were unfortunately not the only challenges the cast and crew had to face on set, as Sam revealed.
“At the end of season six… Well, it was a shorter season, due to Covid,” he explained on the Zoe Ball Show on BBC Radio 2.
“And also, to my wonderful co-star Caitriona Balfe, she was pregnant.”
“She pretty much shot up until she almost gave birth. She was incredible.”
Caitriona had to film the majority of the latest season whilst pregnant with her first child, but thankfully the actress was still able to deliver yet another stunning performance as Claire
This won’t be the case for season seven, although shooting double the number of episodes as last time will undoubtedly present its fair share of challenges.
It’s also not yet confirmed if season seven will be the last outing for the Fraser, although the world of Outlander will indeed continue with an upcoming spin-off centred on Jamie’s parents.
As the two leads’ careers start to take off outside the time-travelling fantasy drama, they may decide to pursue other projects after hopefully bringing Outlander to a satisfying conclusion.
Outlander seasons 1-6 are available to stream on Starz in the USA and Lionsgate+ via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.