Sing me a song about a girl who’s about to be gone: Starz has renewed Outlander for season 8, which will be the final season of the time-travel drama, the network announced Thursday.
Outlander Season 8 will consist of 10 episodes.
In addition, Starz has ordered the series Outlander: Blood of My Blood, a prequel centered on the love story of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser. The network confirmed that Blood of My Blood was in development in August.
Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts will serve as the spinoff’s showrunner and executive producer. Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes. Maril Davis and Ronald D. Moore will also be EPs, and Outlander writer Diana Gabaldon will be a consulting producer.
“Outlander: Blood of My Blood is a love story at its core. It examines how far a person will go to find love at a time when love is considered a luxury and marriages are strategic, often for political or financial gain,” Roberts said in a statement. “The title is a nod to Jamie Fraser’s vows to Claire, and there will be several names and faces that Outlander fans will know and recognize. The TV story of Jamie and Claire may end in Season 8, but Diana continues her literary journey in her wonderful book series and is diligently working on Book 10. With Jamie and Claire, and now Brian and Ellen, there’s still time to come there’s much more to come in the Outlander universe, and we can’t wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans.”
Outlander’s upcoming seventh season — the season leading up to the last season, to be clear — will consist of 16 episodes and will premiere in summer 2023. (Check out a trailer here.) She will mark the debut of Kristin Atherton (Doctors, Waterloo Road) as Jamie’s sister, Jenny Murray, a role played by Laura Donnelly (The Nevers) in seasons 1-3.
The season, which showrunner Matthew B. Roberts said will “revive some of our favorite characters in different times and places,” will also see the return of Graham McTavish (who plays Dougal MacKenzie), Nell Hudson (Laoghaire Fraser ) and include Steven Cree (the older Ian Murray), Lotte Verbeek (Geillis Duncan), Andrew Whipp (Brian Fraser) and Layla Burns (Joan MacKimmmie).
Also joining the cast is Charles Vandervaart (Lost in Space) as William Ransom, Jamie’s adult son.
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