Outlander fans, we have good and bad news. The good news is that the anticipated season 7 mid-season finale is finally available to watch along with the first batch of season 7 episodes.

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The bad news? Well, that Outlander season 7 is taking a hiatus until a yet-to-be confirmed date some time in 2024 – and so the period of Droughtlander begins once more...

The beloved historical fantasy-drama has continued to capture our imagination as this season has seen leads Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) navigate a changing landscape with the dawning of the American Revolution.

Meanwhile, their daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton), her husband Roger (Richard Rankin) and their children have travelled to 1980s Scotland in search of a safer and better life.

But if the mid-season finale shows anything, it's that they weren't quite able to escape all dangers - and some were a lot closer to home than others.

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As executive producer Maril Davis recently exclusively revealed to RadioTimes.com, though, all stories in Outlander have a way of leading back to Jamie and Claire.

She revealed, when speaking about Roger and Bri's storyline, that: "It connects those stories in a way that I think is important as the story goes forward – everything always comes back to Jamie and Claire. I always think of them as the centre of the wheel and everything kind of spokes off of them."

Balfe also previously revealed exclusively to RadioTimes.com that there will be a lot of peril in store for season 7 so we may want to prepare ourselves for the second half of season 7.

Balfe revealed: "It was such an epic season. And there's just so much that happens this year. But yeah, well hopefully, I think the fans will be happy.

"There’s a lot of peril this season and a lot of things happen," before also stating, "There’s a lot of loss and things are unsettled. It’s just very epic, this season."

Season 7 is the penultimate run for Outlander, with season 8 set to be the series' final outing. But with the mid-season finale ready to watch (and take us on an emotional rollercoaster), fans will surely now be wondering when season 7 part 2 is set to hit our screens.

While a release date for the second half of season 7 is yet to be announced, fans of Gabaldon's book series will know there's lots more action to come - as well as plenty of surprises in store, with Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna Randall, teasing that "the storylines aren’t necessarily the expected ones".

While we may have a brand new Outlander prequel series to get excited about soon, in the meantime here's everything you need to know about Outlander season 7, including everything we know so far about season 7 part 2.

Outlander season 7 release date

Outlander season 7 premiered on Friday 16th June 2023 on Lionsgate+ with the first episode out of eight. New episodes have been released each Friday with the mid-season finale now ready to watch.

Filming started in April 2022 for the latest episodes, and there are more than usual, with the new season comprising of 16 episodes and being split into two parts.

The new season airs both on Starz in the US and Lionsgate+ in the UK.

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander season 7.
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander season 7. Lionsgate+/Starz

Speaking about the eighth and final season of Outlander, Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz, said: “For nearly a decade, Outlander has won the hearts of audiences worldwide and we’re pleased to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a proper conclusion.

“But before we close this chapter, there is plenty of their passionate story to tell over the course of 26 new episodes and even more to explore of this dynamic world and its origin story. We’re thrilled to continue to partner with [showrunner] Matthew Roberts, [and executive producers] Maril Davis and Ronald Moore and can’t wait to see where their alluring storytelling takes us next.”

When will Outlander season 7 part 2 be released?

As of now, there's no official confirmation as to when the second half of season 7 will land. But we do know that it will be on our screens some time in 2024.

With the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes, Caitríona Balfe also confirmed to RadioTimes.com that season 8 has been put on hold indefinitely for now. Speaking about the upcoming eighth and final season of Outlander, Balfe said: "Well, we had a date. And now with the writers' strike, who knows? So we have to just wait and see.

"That's obviously a big thing that's going on at the moment Stateside and that may change things. But you know, it's too early to start speculating about that."

How to watch Outlander season 7 on Amazon Prime Video

Outlander season 7 will eventually be available to stream on Lionsgate+, which is a 'channel' on Amazon Prime Video that costs an extra £5.99 per month on top of your Amazon Prime subscription (£7.99 per month).

Alternatively, you can enjoy a 30-day free trial of the service through Amazon. Download the Lionsgate+ app directly and you'll get a free 7-day trial.

Who stars in Outlander season 7?

Outlander season 7 has seen the return of the majority of main Outlander cast members, including:

  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall Fraser
  • Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
  • Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield
  • Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall
  • John Bell as Young Ian
  • David Berry as Lord John Grey
  • Caitlin O’Ryan as Lizzie
  • Paul Gorman as Josiah and Keziah Beardsley
  • Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie
  • Nell Hudson as Laoghaire Fraser
  • Chris Larkin as Richard Brown
  • Mark Lewis Jones as Tom Christie
  • Glen Gould as Chief Bird
  • Simon R. Baker as Still Water
  • Steven Cree as Ian Murray
  • David Berry as Lord John Grey
  • Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan
  • Andrew Whipp as Brian Fraser
  • Layla Burns as Joan MacKimmmie

There have also been some new additions to the season 7 cast as well, including Charles Vandervaart as Jamie's bastard son William Ransom, as well as Quaker brother and sister duo Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter and Joey Phillips as Denzell Hunter.

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander.
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser in Outlander. Lionsgate+/Starz

Season 6 saw some major additions to the central cast, including Mark Lewis Jones, Alexander Vlahos and Jessica Reynolds in the antagonist roles of Tom Christie, Allan Christie and Malva Christie.

However, Jessica Reynolds will not be reprising the role for the seventh season, following a major plot twist that killed off Malva Christie – although her death will no doubt overshadow the start of next season.

Is Outlander ending with season 8?

Sadly, it is. It was confirmed on Thursday 19th January 2023 that Outlander had been commissioned for an eighth and final season, which will be made up of 10 episodes.

Kathryn Busby, president of original programming for Starz, said: "For nearly a decade Outlander has won the hearts of audiences worldwide and we’re pleased to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a proper conclusion.

"But before we close this chapter there is plenty of their passionate story to tell over the course of 26 new episodes and even more to explore of this dynamic world and its origin story."

Despite this sad news, fans shouldn't get too upset, as we won't be leaving the Outlander universe entirely. Alongside the renewal announcement, it was officially confirmed that a 10-episode prequel series has been ordered, called Outlander: Blood of My Blood.

This new prequel will centre on the lives and relationship of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Brian Fraser and Ellen MacKenzie, with Matthew B Roberts – showrunner and executive producer on both shows – saying: "Jamie and Claire’s TV story may be coming to an end with season 8, but Diana is continuing on with their literary journey in her wonderful book series and is working diligently on book 10.

"With Jamie and Claire, and now Brian and Ellen, there is still so much more to come in the Outlander universe, and we cannot wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans."

Outlander season 7 trailer

Starz previously released the first trailer for Outlander season 7, giving fans a first glimpse at Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) continuing to navigate the New World.

The trailer also teases some of the new faces appearing in the season, including Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter, and Joey Phillips as Denzell Hunter.

Watch below:

Outlander season 7 is available to stream on Starz in the US and on Lionsgate+ in the UK. You can buy Diana Gabaldon's books on Amazon.

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