Having first debuted on Starz in 2014, outlander adapts Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels. The series stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a World War II military nurse who mysteriously travels back to the year 1743 and falls in love with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a Highland warrior and pincushion.
Each season, the fantasy series adapts a new book from Gabaldon’s literary line. And season 6 was based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes, but the episode order ended up having problems due to the pandemic, and Balfe’s pregnancy. This means that only part of the book was adapted, leaving part for the 7th season.
Production on the new year is ongoing, and now, fans have discovered that there has been a recast in one of the roles for the new episodes.
The Murray family of outlander it will look a little different
Kristin Atherton (Doctors, Waterloo Road) is joining the series to play Jenny Murray. The role was recast, with actress Laura Donnelly (The Nevers) playing the character in previous seasons.
Additionally, Starz revealed that some familiar faces from previous seasons will appear again in upcoming episodes.
Graham McTavish (who plays Dougal MacKenzie), Nell Hudson (Laoghaire Fraser), Steven Cree (the elder Ian Murray), Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan), Andrew Whipp (Brian Fraser) as well as Layla Burns (Joan MacKimmmie) will reprise their characters. .
How will that happen, given that some of the fictional people listed above are dead?
“One of the many joys of our epic story is the time travel element, which allows us to revisit some of our favorite characters from different times and places, and we are thrilled to welcome back so many familiar faces for Season 7.” said showrunner Matthew B. Roberts in a statement (via TVLine).
Actor updated status about season 7
The 7th season of outlander was announced in March 2021. At that time, it was supposed to consist of 12 episodes, but in June, Starz increased the episode count to 16 to make up for season 6 cuts.
Filming for season 7 began in April, and now, Heughan has offered an update on filming.
In a new interview with Esquire UK, he opens up about just how deep the cast is filming Season 7 of outlander. According to him, filming is expected to go through February or March of next year, although interestingly, he points out that they are filming an 18-episode mega season, when Starz had previously indicated that season 7 would have 16 episodes.
“We’re filming season seven and it’s flying. It feels like we started yesterday, but we’re already on our sixth episode. This season is going to take a while, it’s an 18-episode mega season, so we probably won’t finish until March or February of next year. It’s big. Because last year we had to reduce it to six episodes because of the pandemic. And my co-star [Caitríona Balfe] was pregnant so we moved.“.