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Complete Guide to Seasons 7 & 8 Starz OUTLANDER w/ Overview Characters, Episodes, News, Updates

Maj Canton - February 5, 2024

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On Monday, February 5, 2024, Starz announced that production is underway on the first season of OUTLANDER: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD, a prequel series to its highly popular time-traveling drama, OUTLANDER. As with the flagship series, the 10-episode season will be filmed in Scotland. STARZ has also confirmed the casting of four key roles in the series with Harriet Slater, Jamie Roy, Hermione Corfield, and Jeremy Irvine leading the cast.

OUTLANDER: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD will explore the lives and relationship of Jamie's parents, Ellen MacKenzie (Slater) and Brian Fraser (Roy). STARZ confirmed today that the series will also explore the origin story of Claire's parents, Julia Moriston (Corfield) and Henry Beauchamp (Irvine). The series will center on these two parallel love stories set in two different time periods, with Jamie's parents in the early 18th century Scottish Highlands and Claire's parents in WWI England.

“We're thrilled to be telling the stories of these two couples. The origins of their relationships explore universal themes that transcend time periods and we're so excited for fans to discover and fall in love with these characters and their love stories the way they have with Claire and Jamie,” says Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner, executive producer and writer on both series.

Harriet Slater
“Ellen MacKenzie”
Photo Credit: Gerry McCabe
Jamie Roy
“Brian Fraser”
Photo Credit: Kristia Knowles
Hermione Corfield
“Julia Moriston”
Jeremy Irvine
“Henry Beauchamp”

OUTLANDER, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer, will be airing the back eight episodes of its seventh season later this year and has been confirmed for a 10-episode eighth season, which will begin production shortly in Scotland.

In addition to Roberts, Ronald D. Moore will also executive produce OUTLANDER: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD, along with Maril Davis. Moore and Davis developed OUTLANDER for television, under their production banner Tall Ship Productions. Story Mining & Supply Company will also executive produce, and Diana Gabaldon will serve as a consulting producer. OUTLANDER: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD is produced by Sony Pictures Television. The series will be available across all STARZ platforms in the U.S. and Canada.

 

On Friday, June 16, 2023 at 8pm ET/PT, Starz (cable) premiered the 7th season of OUTLANDER with the first half, comprising of eight episodes, of the 16-episode season (to return sometime in 2024). Season 7 picks up from the harrowing events of the end of Season 6, with Jamie and Young Ian racing to rescue Claire before she’s tried and wrongfully convicted for the murder of Malva Christie. But their mission is complicated by the beginning of a geopolitical firestorm: The American Revolution has arrived. In the seventh season, Jamie, Claire, and their family are caught in the violent birth pains of an emerging nation as armies march to war and British institutions crumble in the face of armed rebellion. The land the Frasers call home is changing – and they must change with it. In order to protect what they’ve built, the Frasers have to navigate the perils of the Revolutionary War. They learn that sometimes to defend what you love, you have to leave it behind. As the conflict draws them out of North Carolina and into the heart of this fight for independence, Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger are faced with impossible decisions that have the potential to tear their family apart. Having watched the first four episodes of this explosive new season, I can guarantee OUTLANDER fans…you won't be disappointed.

 

On Thursday, May 11, 2023, STARZ released the Season 7 trailer and key art for OUTLANDER. The trailer is full of hints and easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans of the book series who have an idea of what’s to come and is packed with intense moments showing the American Revolution in full swing. The key art (below) furthers this theme, declaring “Our History is Now,” depicting Jamie and Claire on a battlefield.

 


 

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, STARZ released several first look images of the new season to quench the Droughtlander thirst. The series has already been renewed for an 10-episode eighth and final season (Watch the Season 8 cast announcement!) as well as a prequel series, OUTLANDER: BATTLE OF MY BLOOD, centering on Jamie Fraser’s parents has been greenlighted for a first season.

STARZ previously announced several new additions to the OUTLANDER family, including Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter and Joey Phillips as Denzell Hunter, joining returning fan-favorites Caitríona Balfe as Claire Fraser, Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, Sophie Skelton as Brianna MacKenzie, Richard Rankin as Roger MacKenzie, John Bell as Young Ian, David Berry as Lord John Grey, Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie Beardsley and Paul Gorman as Josiah and Keziah Beardsley.

 
Here are those Season 7 first look images.

 

One month earlier -- on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 -- Starz announced that the opening title sequence for OUTLANDER Season 7 will be sung by Sinéad O’Connor, following a tradition each season of adapting the show’s theme song by drawing inspiration from upcoming storylines and locations. Season 7 is set to premiere this summer. Watch the new opening title sequence here.

 

Two months earlier -- on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 -- STARZ announced the return of several fan-favorite OUTLANDER cast members today, in addition to five new cast members joining the popular time-traveling series for its upcoming seventh season, which is filming now in Scotland.  “One of the many joys of our epic story is the element of time travel which allows us to revisit some of our favorite characters in different times and places, and we’re thrilled to welcome back so many familiar faces for Season 7,” says Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner, writer and executive producer. “In addition to our returning cast, we’re also excited to welcome several new actors to the OUTLANDER family and cannot wait to introduce them to fans in our extended season.”

 



Loyal fans will recognize Graham McTavish reprising his role as Dougal MacKenzie, Jamie’s uncle whom he killed just before the battle of Culloden; Nell Hudson as Laoghaire Fraser, Jamie’s ex-wife and Marsali’s mother; Steven Cree as Old Ian Murray, Young Ian’s father and Jamie’s brother-in-law; Andrew Whipp as Brian Fraser, Jamie’s father; Layla Burns as Joan MacKimmie, Marsali’s sister and Jamie’s stepdaughter; and Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan, Claire’s former friend-turned-enemy and a fellow time traveler from the 1960s. Several new actors will be joining the cast for Season 7, including Gloria Obianyo as Mercy Woodcock, a free Black woman navigating the hardships of life in Colonial America; Rod Hallett as Benedict Arnold, the notorious Revolutionary soldier turned traitor; Chris Fulton as Rob Cameron, a new acquaintance of Roger and Brianna; Diarmaid Murtagh as Buck MacKenzie, the illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan, and Roger’s ancestor, a role previously played by Graham McTavish in Season 5, and Kristin Atherton as Jenny Murray, Jamie’s sister and Young Ian’s mother, a role originated by Laura Donnelly in Seasons 1-3.

 

On Monday, June 27, 2022, Starz announced the casting of Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter and Joey Phillips as Dr. Denzell Hunter in the upcoming seventh season of OUTLANDER. Fans of the book series will be familiar with the two new characters, who are brother and sister.  Rachel and Denzell are Quakers whose quiet country life is changed when Young Ian (Bell) arrives at their farm with a sick and injured William Ransom (Charles Vandervaart). Dr. Denzell Hunter has been trained in medicine in Boston and London. As a firm believer in liberty, he is preparing to join the Revolutionary Army as a surgeon. His younger sister Rachel is modest but shows flashes of a fiery spirit that attracts the admiration of both William and Young Ian. “We’re excited to welcome Izzy and Joey to the OUTLANDER family and can’t wait for fans to see how these two fantastic actors bring Rachel and Denzell to life,” says Matthew B. Roberts, showrunner, writer and executive producer.

 

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Joey Phillips


 

On Thursday, May 5, 2022 Starz announced the casting of Canadian actor Charles Vandervaart  in the role of ‘William Ransom,’ the secret son of Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, on the internationally acclaimed original series, OUTLANDER. Production on Season 7 began in Scotland last month with Vandervaart joining returning cast members Caitríona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton, Richard Rankin and John Bell.

 

Raised by his stepfather, Lord John Grey (David Berry), William, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere, is a highly anticipated character from the book series. In Season 7, William arrives in Wilmington full of patriotic zeal and enthusiasm to join the British Army and help put an end to the escalating tensions in the American Colonies.  As fans may remember from season three, William is actually the biological son of Jamie Fraser, though he does not know the truth of his parentage. On the surface, William Ransom is a courteous aristocrat but simmering under the surface is a Highlander’s fire.

 

 


 


Character Descriptions



 

CLAIRE FRASER (Caitriona Balfe)



Claire returns home and attempts to resume a normal life after her arrest for the death of Malva Christie. But with the American Revolution on the horizon, Claire and Jamie must decide what future they’re fighting for. Claire is caught between her knowledge of history, her belief in the American cause, and her desire to protect the ones she loves.




JAMIE FRASER (Sam Heughan)



After the events of Season 6, Jamie struggles to reconcile his idea of home. The one he built turned against him, and the one he left behind is now unrecognizable. With the American Revolution gaining momentum, Jamie knows he’ll fight for Claire and their life together, but where that is, is still a question.




BRIANNA FRASER MACKENZIE (Sophie Skelton)



Brianna and Roger make a new home for their growing family, prompting Brianna to put her skills as an engineer to good use. This change in circumstances brings tension with Roger, as well as new acquaintances, and she struggles to keep her family together in their new life. The arrival of a new child brings about a huge change for her family.




ROGER MACKENZIE (Richard Rankin)



After finding his purpose as a minister, Roger struggles to reconcile ministering with his family’s new life. His recent experiences lead him to question what he thought was his calling from God, and Roger throws himself into fatherhood. He starts to realize that he can be called to more than one thing in life. The arrival of a new child triggers a dramatic change for their family.




YOUNG IAN MURRAY (John Bell)



Young Ian finds himself fighting for his new home. He uses his time with the Mohawk and the skills he learned with them to help the war effort. In the process, Ian meets a relative he never knew and makes connections that help him process the trauma of his past - and leads to his heart opening to a new love.




LORD JOHN WILLIAM GREY (David Berry)




Lord John arrives in America, preparing for the oncoming Revolution. His friendship with Jamie still in question due to their differing political loyalties, John chooses to prioritize his family and duty. But his connection with the Frasers once again brings him into harm's way.




WILLIAM RANSOM (Charles Vandervaart)



William is an ambitious young man, newly arrived in America eager to join the fight. Raised in the upper echelons of British society, William longs for the glory of battle, though he doesn't yet understand what war truly is.




RACHEL HUNTER (Izzy Meikle-Small)



Rachel is a smart and committed Quaker woman who accompanies her brother, Denzell, when he joins the Continental Army as a physician. Although she's a pacifist, Rachel believes in the cause of liberty and aids her brother as they tend to the soldiers that fight for it, finding love with someone unexpected – someone whose lifestyle and values could not be more different than her own.




DENZELL HUNTER (Joey Phillips)



Denzell is a trained surgeon, Quaker, and Patriot. He goes against the ideals of his religion and community to join the Revolution and acts as a doctor for the Continental Army. He feels guilty for bringing his sister into the war, but he knows she's just as strong-willed and passionate as he is about the cause. He struggles to protect her from physical danger as well as danger to her heart after she falls for someone outside their Quaker community.




BUCK MACKENZIE (Diarmaid Murtagh)


 

After the events of Alamance, Roger and Buck reunite in an unconventional way. Their encounter starts with violence but takes a surprising path when fate causes them to work together for a common goal.




LIZZIE BEARDSLEY (Caitlin O'Ryan)


Lizzie gives birth this season, and steps into the role of mother to baby Rodney, in addition to being wife to Josiah and Kezzie.




KEZIAH “KEZZIE” & JOSIAH BEARDSLEY (Paul Gorman)


  

Josiah and Keziah welcome a son into their lives and learn how to be fathers. The pair must still keep their polyamorous relationship with Lizzie a secret as their family grows.




ARCH AND MURDINA BUGG (Hugh Ross and Sarah Collier)


  

Arch and Murdina continue to be loyal servants to the Frasers in the aftermath of the Malva Christie scandal. But a long simmering conflict suddenly erupts between the two families triggering a feud that will have dire consequences.




TOM CHRISTIE (Mark Lewis Jones)


 

After the death of his daughter, Malva, and the disappearance of his son, Allan, Tom struggles to find a reason to live. In order to move on, Tom must find the grace in himself to forgive the Frasers, or surrender his own salvation.




ALLAN CHRISTIE (Alexander Vlahos)


 

Allan disappears from the Ridge only to return to give a final farewell to his beloved sister, Malva, who lies in her grave. But it only leads to even more tragedy.




RICHARD BROWN (Chris Larkin)


 

Richard Brown celebrates after finally taking his revenge on Jamie and Claire for the death of his brother. But his celebration is short-lived, as an unexpected threat comes for him and his men.




WENDIGO DONNER (Brennan Martin)


 

Wendigo reappears and asks for help from our knowledgeable time travellers, but his past with Claire makes them wary of aiding him. He realizes that getting home will require him to change to more violent tactics, which end with explosive consequences.




FIONA AND ERNIE BUCHAN (Iona Claire and Ciaron Kelly)


 

Fiona and Ernie continue to grow their family. Despite their inability to time travel, they do their best to support their friends, the MacKenzies, from afar.




ROB CAMERON (Chris Fulton)


 

Rob is a new acquaintance of Brianna's. At first, he doesn't trust Brianna because she's a woman, but after becoming closer to the MacKenzies, he realizes the family can provide something he needs.




WALTER WOODCOCK (Tobi Bakare)


 

Walter is a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolution. A devastating injury puts his life in grave danger, and he struggles to recover and survive the war, and return to the wife he left behind.




SIMON FRASER (Angus MacFadyen)


 

Simon is a renowned British General and a distant cousin of Jamie's. He is an experienced officer and has fought for the British Army most of his life. He cares deeply for his soldiers and tries his best to prepare them for battle, leading to a surprising connection with William Ransom.




BENEDICT ARNOLD (Rod Hallet)


 

A famous and controversial American General, Benedict Arnold was born in the Colonies and believes in the promise of a new country. However, his experiences in the war have changed his idea of what this new country will be, and he's slowly becoming disillusioned by the men shaping this new nation.




DANIEL MORGAN (Barry O'Connor)


 

A famous marksman and Patriot, Daniel Morgan is the commanding officer of a riflemen unit named "Morgan's Rifles." His skill as a leader is only matched by his skill with a gun. He and Jamie learn they have something in common regarding their history.




SEASON 7 EPISODE GUIDE


If you want to know nothing about the episodes at all, skip this section. Provided by Starz, this episode guide includes general episode descriptions and specific plot details.




Episode 701 -- "A Life Well Lost" (Friday, June 16, 2023 at 8pm): Jamie races towards Wilmington to rescue Claire from the gallows, only to discover that the American Revolution has well and truly reached North Carolina. Written by: Dani Berrow; Directed by: Lisa Clarke

Episode 702 -- "The Happiest Place on Earth" (Friday, June 23, 2023 at 8pm): Claire makes a startling discovery about Roger and Brianna’s newborn daughter. A familiar face returns to the Ridge with explosive consequences. Written by: Toni Graphia; Directed by: Lisa Clarke

Episode 703 -- "Death Be Not Proud" (Friday, June 30, 2023 at 8pm): Jamie discovers Arch Bug has been keeping a dangerous secret. In the 20th century, Roger and Brianna find a link to Jamie and Claire. Written by: Tyler English Beckwith; Directed by: Jacquie Gould

Episode 704 -- "A Most Uncomfortable Woman" (Friday, July 7, 2023 at 8pm): On the way to Scotland, Jamie is pulled back into the Revolutionary war. William is sent on a covert mission. Roger and Brianna struggle to adapt to life in the 1980s. Written by: Marque Franklin William; Directed by: Jacquie Gould

Episode 705 -- "Singapore" (Friday, July 14, 2023 at 8pm): At Ticonderoga, Jamie and Claire prepare for an imminent British assault. Roger compiles information about time travel.

Episode 706 -- "Where The Waters Meet" (Friday, July 21, 2023 at 8pm): Jamie and Claire help civilians flee Ticonderoga after the fort falls into British hands. Roger discovers the identity of the mysterious 'Nuckelavee'.

Episode 707 -- "A Practical Guide for Time-Travelers" (Friday, July 28, 2023 at 8pm): Jamie prepares to face British forces in battle. Roger and Brianna question Buck MacKenzie's intentions. William fights in the First Battle of Saratoga.

Episode 708 (mid-season finale) -- "Turning Points" (Friday, August 11, 2023 at 8pm): Jamie fights in the pivotal Second Battle of Saratoga; Roger and Brianna search for Jemmy.


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