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As of May 1, 2022,[update] 75 episodes of Outlander have aired, concluding the sixth season. The seventh season will consist of 16 episodes and premiere on June 16, 2023.[3] In January 2023, the series was renewed for a 10-episode eighth and final season.[4]

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The second through twelfth episodes were written by Toni Graphia, Tyler English-Beckwith, Marque Franklin-Williams, Taylor Mallory, Sarah H. Haught, Margot Ye, Luke Schelhaas, Barbara Stepansky, Luke Schelhaas, Sarah H. Haught, and Toni Graphia, respectively.[81]

The 16-episode first season of the television series (released as two half-seasons) is based on the first novel in the series, Outlander. The second season of 13 episodes, based on Dragonfly in Amber, aired from April to July 2016. The 13-episode third season, based on Voyager, aired from September to December 2017. The 13-episode fourth season, based on Drums of Autumn, aired from November 2018 to January 2019. The fifth season of 12 episodes, based on The Fiery Cross, aired from February to May 2020. The sixth season of 8 episodes, based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes, aired from March to May 2022. The upcoming seventh season which consists of 16 episodes, is based on An Echo in the Bone and is set to premiere on June 16, 2023.[1]

By February 2022, development had begun on a prequel series titled Outlander: Blood of My Blood, which will focus on Jamie Fraser's parents Brian and Ellen Fraser. In January 2023, Outlander: Blood of My Blood was officially confirmed for a ten-episode first season, and Outlander was renewed for a ten-episode eighth and final season.[2]

In July 2012, it was reported that Sony Pictures Television had secured the rights to Gabaldon's Outlander series, with Moore attached to develop the project and Jim Kohlberg (Story Mining and Supply Co) producing.[3] Sony completed the deal with Starz in November 2012,[4] and Moore hired a writing team in April 2013.[5] That June, Starz picked up the Outlander project for a sixteen-episode order,[6] and in August it was announced that John Dahl would be directing the first two episodes.[7] Starz CEO Chris Albrecht later said that he had green-lit several genre projects, including Outlander, to shift the network's series development toward "audiences that were being underserved" to "drive a real fervent fan base that then becomes the kind of advocacy group for the shows themselves".[8]

On August 15, 2014, after only the pilot episode had aired, the network renewed the series for a second season of at least thirteen episodes, based on the second book in Gabaldon's series, Dragonfly in Amber.[11] On June 1, 2016, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn.[12]

On May 9, 2018, Starz renewed the series for a fifth and sixth season, which adapt The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes, respectively and each season to consist of twelve episodes.[13]

On March 14, 2021, the series was renewed for a seventh season, originally to consist of 12 episodes and adapt the seventh novel, An Echo in the Bone.[14] On June 1, 2021, Starz announced the sixth season would premiere in early 2022 with a shortened eight-episode season, while the seventh season would consist of 16 episodes.[15] On November 22, 2021, Gabaldon announced that the sixth season would premiere on March 6, 2022.[16] In January 2023, the series was renewed for an eighth and final season to consist of 10 episodes.[2]

Gabaldon was employed as consultant to the TV production.[20] When asked in June 2015 about the adaptation of the first season, she said: "I think they did condense it very effectively ... I ended up getting most of the things that I felt strongly about in there. There were only a few instances where the most important stuff in my opinion didn't get in".[21] In March 2015, she said of the scripts for season two: "The Parisian stuff is very good and in fact I'm deeply impressed by the outlines I've seen ... I think they've done a wonderful job of pulling out the most important plot elements and arranging them in a convincing way".[22] Gabaldon wrote the screenplay for the episode "Vengeance is Mine".[23]

In December 2013, Simon Callow was cast in the supporting role of Duke of Sandringham,[32][33] and Entertainment Weekly reported in April 2014 that Steven Cree would portray Ian Murray.[34] Bill Paterson was cast as lawyer Ned Gowan in June 2014.[35][36] Author Gabaldon has a cameo as Iona MacTavish in the August 2014 episode "The Gathering".[37] In August 2014 it was announced that Frazer Hines had been cast in the role of a prison warden in an episode to air in 2015. From 1966 to 1969, Hines had portrayed the Doctor Who character Jamie McCrimmon, who Gabaldon said had inspired the setting of the Outlander series and the character of Jamie Fraser.[38] Hines plays Sir Fletcher Gordon, an English prison warden, in the May 2015 episode "Wentworth Prison".[39]

Outlander premiered in the United States on August 9, 2014.[83][84] Its first eight episodes aired through September and the remaining eight episodes resumed in April 2015.[85][86] The first-season finale aired on May 30, 2015.[87]

The second season of 13 episodes premiered on April 9, 2016,[94] and the 13-episode third season on September 10, 2017.[95] The fourth season premiered on November 4, 2018,[96] and the fifth on February 16, 2020.[97] The sixth season premiered on March 6, 2022.[16] The first part of the seventh season is scheduled to premiere on June 16, 2023 and the second part debuting in 2024.[1]

British reception was more mixed. In the first UK review, Siobhan Synnot of The Scotsman said "There has not been such a proud display of tartanalia[106] since the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games".[107] Alastair McKay of The Evening Standard quoted Saraiya's comparison with Downton Abbey, adding "[The comparison] is entirely correct. It is magical-mystical heuchter-teuchter cobblers."[108] Euan Ferguson of The Observer called it "gorgeous drivel"[109] and Thomas Batten of The Guardian stated "If you love the scenery, shifting allegiances and palace intrigue of [Game of Thrones], but find yourself wishing the pace were a little slower and that the sex scenes were filmed in a more pretentious manner with lots of slow pans and softer lighting, here's your show."[110] Graeme Virtue noted "the rather languid pace of the opening episodes", but praised the show's "rare acknowledgment of the female gaze" in its treatment of sex scenes.[111] The Daily Telegraph also made the Game of Thrones comparison,[112] while The Independent stated "...yes, it's a time-travelling, wish-fulfilment fantasy, but it's done with such flair and attention to detail that it's impossible not to hop on board for the ride."[113]

The third season also received universal acclaim. It has a Metacritic score of 87 out of 100 based on 6 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[117] Rotten Tomatoes reports a 90% rating with an average rating of 7.95/10 based on 195 reviews. The website consensus reads: "Outlander's epic love story returns with the same strong storytelling and an added layer of maturity."[118] Based on six episodes for review, Liz Shannon Miller of IndieWire gave it an "A"-grade review and wrote, "This is a show that's grown and matured since its initial premiere in ways that defied our initial expectations."[119]

The first eight episodes averaged more than 5.1 million multiplatform viewers.[125] In July 2015, noting Outlander's strong ratings, its "vocal online fandom and a slew of think pieces tied to its feminist twists on the action genre", Josef Adalian of Vulture credited Outlander as one of the series responsible for Starz's increased success against competitors like Showtime.[8] On February 11, 2020, cable provider Comcast moved Starz from its base cable packages to an a la carte option. This occurred five days before the premiere of season five.[126]

In February 2022, it was reported that a prequel series was in works, with Matthew B. Roberts writing and executive producing.[184] In May 2022, executive producer Maril Davis confirmed that the series would focus on the parents of Jamie Fraser.[185] In August 2022, it was confirmed that the series will be titled Blood of My Blood.[186] In January 2023, Starz ordered a 10-episode first season.[2]

After Season 6 concludes on April 24, viewers can look forward to Outlander Season 7, already green-lit by Starz. To make up for lost time, Season 7 will be the longest since the debut Season in 2014 at 16 episodes. Outlander Season 1 had 16 episodes, Seasons 2, 3, and 4 had 13, and Season 5 had 12. By the end of Outlander Season 7, there will be 91 episodes total of the drama.

And given that author Diana Gabaldon still has one Outlander book left to publish (book 9 came out in November, book 10 will conclude the original series), the show could very well end up making over 100 episodes.

New seasons in these regions typically come exactly a year after the series premiere. Season 5, for example, came to Netflix Australia on February 17th, 2021. The series began airing new episodes on February 16th, 2020.

The episode ends with Jamie asking Young Ian to get rid of Roger somewhere, though not to kill him. Um, good luck with that, Young Ian! Meanwhile, Jamie plans on keeping these events a secret from his wife and daughter, despite his bloody knuckles and obvious anger. Something tells me this is all going to get worse before it gets better.

Toni, how did you approach adapting the episode, because you have a lot of ground to cover in terms of narrative, and it unfolds a little differently from the books. Were there specific beats you wanted to hit, or a moment you wrote that made you finally feel like you nailed it? 041b061a72


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