The latest season of the hit historical drama has been a long time coming, with the first part of season seven premiering on streaming service Starz in February 2022

The author of the Outlander books, Diana Gabaldon, recently addressed fans’ mounting concerns over the extensive delay for the upcoming sequel to season seven.

These concerns have been heightened by eagerness pertaining to a preview of fresh adventures lying ahead for Jamie, played by Sam Heughan, and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe).

However, with the break between episodes lasting over a year since the last instalment, anticipation has soured into frustration for some viewers. They crave more content, but what lies ahead is a continuation rather than a brand new cycle of the show.

This extended postponement has certainly taken the edge off the excitement among many followers of the series.

One viewer took to social media to voice their dwindling interest saying: “I have to agree that my enthusiasm is waning for Outlander all this waiting around for 7b is really disappointing! This is the first time in 7 years of being a tv fan that I’ve felt I’m losing interest.”

Despite Gabaldon’s reassurances, not everyone is comforted by her explanation for the hold up.

Some argue that the impacts of the delay on the show’s allure are irreversible, prompting one viewer to say: “I still think the delay has done irreparable levity. No matter the spin, fans deserved better.”

Starz, the network which airs the show, has faced backlash for ineffective communication regarding timing for the remaining episodes, adding to viewers’ dissatisfaction.

Fans have voiced their frustration over the constant changes in streaming services, which they suspect are just tactics to rake in more cash: “I have gone off the boil with the TV series because it’s been so fractured and they keep changing the streaming service to make more money.”

On her Facebook page, Diana stood by the decision, drawing parallels to the early days of Outlander.

She argued that splitting the season was a strategic move given the uncertainty surrounding the production schedule for season eight.

Diana went into detail about her approach, highlighting the difficulty of keeping fans engaged during an extended hiatus between seasons seven and eight.

The creator of Outlander explained: “So you got a big, hairy gap between Seven and Eight, Prequel won’t be ready to fill it…well, what would you do? Shove out all of Season Seven and then do nothing for a long, long time (during which fickle fans will certainly float away looking for something else to watch), or break it up and repeat what was done with Season One? “.

Despite some backlash, numerous fans stand behind Diana’s choice, acknowledging the intricacies of planning a TV show’s production.

A fan expressed understanding for the spaced-out release: “As much as I would love not to have to wait so so long, I can see why they have chosen to space things out. Some people are being a bit unreasonable about it.”

The eagerly awaited new instalments of Outlander are set to hit screens on November 22, promising to deliver more adventures from Jamie and Claire’s epic saga.

Source: irishstar.com

By Ivaylo Angelov

Ivaylo Angelov born in Bulgaria, Varna graduated School Geo Milev is Tvserieswelove's Soaps Editor and oversees all of the section's news, features, spoilers and interviews.