Monday, August 9, was the seventh anniversary of the premiere of the first episode of Outlander and its stars–Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, and Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire Randall Fraser–marked the occasion by posting throwback photos of that auspicious day.
First, Heughan posted several photos with him and Balfe posing with mannequins made to look like dead bodies.
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He wrote, “7 years ago today @outlander_starz premiered! These are the first photos I have on my phone (I actually lost my phone on set in the prison whilst filming the season 1 finale). After 7 years, looks like nothings changed, still learning my lines whilst Cait sleeps.”
Balfe also made a Twitter post, writing, “7 years!!!!! The anniversary of our first airing and what a thrilling ride it’s been since then. Thank you to all our fans who’ve stuck with us so faithfully year after year and to @Writer_DG for giving us all this gift. And @Outlander_STARZ @SPTV for the continued support.”
7 years!!!!! The anniversary of our first airing and what a thrilling ride it’s been since then.. Thank you to all our fans who’ve stuck with us so faithfully year after year ❤️ and to @Writer_DG for giving us all this gift. And @Outlander_STARZ @SPTV for the continued support. pic.twitter.com/T6o688A7XY
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) August 9, 2021
Production has wrapped on Season 6 of Outlander, which is based on Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes, the sixth book in the Outlander series. While no date has been announced by STARZ, Heughan hinted at February as a possible date for the premiere.
As Season 6 begins, the Frasers will be overcoming the traumas from the previous season: Claire’s kidnap and sexual assault, Brianna’s abduction by Stephen Bonnet, Roger’s being hung and almost dying, Jamie’s brush with death after being bitten by a poisonous snake, and the death of his godfather Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) at the Battle of Alamance.
“When we left Season 5, the whole family is fractured,” Heughan said during the Outlander End of Summer series. “They are together, but Claire still has some healing to do.”
Outlander has already been picked up for its seventh season, as well, which will be based on Gabaldon’s An Echo in the Bone.