Everything we know about Outlander season 6
By: Ariba Bhuvad
Outlander season 6 is officially in production, and suffice to say, so many of us are rejoicing and celebrating. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming was delayed indefinitely, taking away any possibility of a spring 2021 premiere. But Starz and the folks involved with Outlander have spent millions of dollars to ensure that they can get back to work as safely as possible.
But never fear, the cast and crew are officially back on set and busy working on production for the upcoming sixth season. This Droughtlander may be the longest one yet, but luckily Starz has been releasing behind-the-scenes videos for all of us to enjoy. Earlier this week, we were treated to a one-minute video with the cast promising "new faces, new families…lots of new characters, lots of new relationships, lots of potential drama." I am so here for this!
Season 6 will primarily cover Diana Gabaldon's sixth Outlander book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes
The fifth season did pull some plot points from the sixth book, which included Stephen Bonnet's death and Claire's brutal and horrific sexual assault. And season 6 will continue to expand on the sixth book's content including the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.
For those of you that are interested, the official synopsis from publisher Penguin Random House is as follows:
"The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest. With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future."
Fans of the novel series will be excited to learn that the Christie family has been cast
The Christie family is an integral part of the sixth book, but not in the best of ways. In fact, they are quite problematic for the Frasers, and will likely stir up trouble and drama for them and the folks of Fraser's Ridge.
Playing the roles of Tom, Allan, and Malva are Mark Lewis Jones (Gangs of London), Alexander Vlahos (Versailles), and Jessica Reynolds (My Left Nut), respectively.
Starz released each of their character descriptions (which you can read below) along with on-set videos of them with the cast and crew. I know they've just barely begun, but the chemistry with one another and the rest of the cast is already strong and very apparent. Something tells me this is going to be a very epic season, folks!
"Tom Christie, a fellow Ardsmuir prisoner and devout Protestant, arrives on Fraser’s Ridge seeking a place to settle. As de facto leader of the Protestant settlers who arrive with him, Tom’s strong opinion and convictions begin to create tension on the Ridge."
"Allan Christie travels to the Ridge with his father Tom and his sister Malva. Headstrong and wary of strangers, he is highly protective of his family as they settle into this new environment."
"Malva Christie is Tom’s young, spirited daughter. She is captivated by Claire’s work and modern thinking, which gets Malva in trouble with her conservative father. She struggles to toe the line between what she wants to do and what is expected of her."
What is Outlander season 6 about?
If you've read Gabaldon's book, you may have more of an idea of what to expect from the sixth season. In the off-chance that you have not, there is one very obvious plot point we can expect the season to cover--preps for the American Revolutionary War.
Over the course of 12 episodes, Outlander season 6 will dip into the impending war, how the Frasers will get caught up in it, and of course, dive deeper into Claire's trauma and recovery.
There will be more than one revolution to deal with, and we will be here to witness every single second of it--whenever that may be!