Outlander renewed for Season 8 – the final season! – UPDATE

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It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Starz confirmed Outlander will return for a final season, Season 8, consisting of 10 episodes to follow the hit period drama’s upcoming extended 16-episode Season 7 premiering this summer. 

“For nearly a decade Outlander has won the hearts of audiences worldwide and we’re pleased to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a proper conclusion. But before we close this chapter there is plenty of their passionate story to tell over the course of 26 new episodes and even more to explore of this dynamic world and its origin story. We’re thrilled to continue to partner with Matthew, Maril, and Ronald and can’t wait to see where their alluring storytelling takes us next.”

Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming at Starz
Outlander renewed for Season 8 – the final season!
While fans will certainly be disappointed that Claire and Jamie Fraser’s adventures across time and space will be ending, the show’s prequel series Blood Of My Blood has been greenlighted at Starz and will consist of 10 episodes.

“Outlander: Blood of My Blood is, at its heart, a love story,” said Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner and executive producer. “It will explore what lengths a person will go to find love in a time when love is considered a luxury, and when marriages are made strategically, often for political or financial gain. The title is a nod to Jamie Fraser’s marriage vow to Claire and there will be several names and faces that Outlander fans will know and recognize.

Jamie and Claire’s TV story may be coming to an end with season eight. But Diana is continuing on with their literary journey in her wonderful book series and is working diligently on book ten. With Jamie and Claire, and now Brian and Ellen, there is still so much more to come in the Outlander universe. And we cannot wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans.”

Outlander Season 8 to Begin Production in Scotland in March 2024

The filming of the eighth season of Starz’s historical series ‘Outlander’ is set to commence in Scotland in March 2024. The pre-production of the same started last month. The upcoming installment will also be the last season of the show. The second part of season 7 will premiere next year as well but the exact date is yet to be announced.

The eighth season of the show will adapt Diana Gabaldon’s ninth book in the eponymous source novel series, titled ‘Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone,’ set during the American Revolutionary War. The narrative explores the strains on Claire and Jamie‘s relationship amidst the war’s backdrop. While the show may deviate slightly from the book’s events, season 7 provides hints of potential developments. Gabaldon previously teased that Jamie and Claire’s tale will have a “happy ending” and the viewers can expect the period drama to end with the same.

Sam Heughan Teases Return to Work for Season 8

The end is on the horizon for Outlander as star Sam Heughan teased he’s getting back to work on the series for its eighth and final season at Starz.

The actor took to Instagram to share a snapshot of his return to work with an image featuring a sign that reads, “Welcome to Outlander.” He added a caption, “@outlander_starz Season 8….” along with the word “prep,” hinting at his reason to share. Along with the tease were two emojis, including a tear-up face and two hands raised in excitement.

‘Outlander’ Final Season Delayed by Writers Strike, Says EP Maril Davis

There may be another long “droughtlander” on the horizon. Outlander executive producer Maril Davis revealed that Outlander Season 8, its final season, has been delayed by the WGA writers strike.

At the Outlander Season 7 world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, June 9, in New York City, Davis revealed to the audience of cast, press, and fans that Outlander Season 8 had convened its writers room before the WGA writers strike began. It’s now on pause in solidarity with the WGA.

The comment came during the Outlander Season 7 premiere panel, moderated by ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee. Knowing that Season 8 would be Outlander‘s last, Zee asked what kind of pressure that applies to Season 7 and the creative team.

“I feel pressure for Season 8,” said Davis, while seated next to stars Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin. “I think the writers — and shout out to the writers, because we miss them. [We] stand in solidarity. I know Matt [Roberts, showrunner and EP] wanted to be here. But of course we feel pressure for the last season. Obviously, we want to stick the landing. And we want to do right by everyone, and right by Diana and the fans, and there’s a little bit of pressure. We’ve been in the writers room until the writers strike started, so yeah, I feel it.”

“Well, we had a date,” she told Radio Times when asked when filming was due to start. “And now with the writers strike, who knows? So we have to just wait and see.

“That’s obviously a big thing that’s going on at the moment Stateside and that may change things. But you know, it’s too early to start speculating about that.”

Caitriona Balfe on the ending of Outlander

Are you already feeling like you’re saying goodbye to Claire and Jamie, now you know when Outlander will end?

Sam [Heughan] and I were doing a video for this season and I started to get emotional already. It’s going to be so weird. It’s been such an amazing ride that it’s nice to wrap it up while we all still love each other and we are all still feeling like we’re making a good show.

But at the same time, it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to these characters. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye to each other and not have that kind of constant contact. It feels like it’s the right time, but at the same time, it’s going to be hard I think.

Is it easier to know that you will have a definitive ending with season eight, and can finish the story properly?

To be honest, that’s one of the reasons primarily that Sam and I wanted to do this [final eighth] season, because we didn’t want to wrap it up really quickly.

[During filming of] season seven, there were a lot of conversations going on, whether we would have finished it in two episodes, at the end of that season, or whether we would do another one. I think we felt like it was really important to do it right. To honour the show and honour the fan base and I hope we get to do that – I haven’t seen the scripts yet of what season eight is going to be. But I think it is really important that we give it a proper send-off.

A lot has changed since then and there is sure to be weeping in the glens when the drama comes to an end.

Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment via Zoom, Balfe said, “It’s going to be very sad, very bittersweet. It’s had an amazing run and it will be more than a decade by the time it’s finished, which is an incredible length of time to spend as a character on a show and I will be bereft of spending that time with Claire.

“I think I’ve become institutionalised, so used to being told where to go and what to do by my Outlander family. But I also think it’s time for new challenges hopefully on the horizon. But it will be bittersweet for sure.”

Ed Speleers Reacts to Outlander Ending With Season 8

TV Insider chatted with Speleers ahead of the You Season 4 Part 1 premiere on February 9, and he shared how he feels about Outlander coming to a close with Season 8. He also sang the praises of the series that he says changed the trajectory of his career.

That’s a lot of Outlander,” he says of the Season 8 renewal. Speleers says the Starz period drama has been a net good for everyone involved.

“It’s obviously been a huge part for many actors, many creative people,” the Downton Abbey alum shares. “I think it’s been great for Scotland. I think it’s been great for many of the cast members’ careers”. He then regales the personal impact of playing such a pivotal villain in the series.

“I would have to say I’m very grateful for the fact that I was involved, because I genuinely don’t think the roles I’ve been playing recently would’ve happened if I hadn’t played Steven Bonnet,” Speleers admits. “I feel that playing that part opened up a new wave of work for me, or certainly gave me the confidence to look at other work and explore other ways of operating. So I’m eternally grateful to [executive producer] Maril Davis for giving me that chance in the first place.”

Outlander’s Final Season: Tobias Menzies Gives the Definitive Answer on Whether He’ll Be Back

Tobias Menzies is not slated to reprise his roles of Frank or Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall before the Starz series wraps its eighth and final season, the actor told TVLine exclusively.

Keep following us for more news on Outlander Season 6 and its cast!

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Source: Deadline

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