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Outlander season six is on its way as viewers eagerly await the show’s return to screens once again. Starz has commissioned new episodes of the hit time-travelling drama, which sees Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) on various adventures. While you wait, Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the release date, cast, trailer and plot of the new series.
When will Outlander season 6 be released?
Back in 2018, Starz announced a double renewal of the popular show ahead of its fifth season.
However, given series five has only recently begun, not much has been revealed about the exact release date.
The fifth season was pushed back from its original air date of late 2019 and was only released in February 2020.
As a result, fans of the show are concerned there may be another delay heading into season six.
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This was seemingly hinted at by Jamie Fraser star Sam Heughan who told Digital Spy there could be similar gap.
He said: “I’m not sure the exact dates at the moment, but I think it might be the same.”
He also joked: “There will be a Droughtlander but they can go see my movies.”
However, all things going to plan, the show could be released at some point in 2021.
Although it seems likely this will be stalled by the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 shutting down TV production.
Sam Heughan has now given a filming update hinting they are planning to start filming again soon.
Who is in the cast of Outlander season 6?
Fans will be pleased to know both of the show’s major stars will be coming back again for season six.
This means viewers will get to see plenty more of Sam Heughan as the Scottish heartthrob Jamie Fraser.
Caitriona Balfe will be also be back as his wife Claire Fraser as the pair no doubt deal with more peril in the upcoming outings.
While other cast members have not been confirmed, some of the major stars expected to be back include Sophie Skelton as their daughter Brianna Randall Fraser as well as Richard Rankin as her husband Roger Wakefield.
Express.co.uk will update this article as soon as more cast members are revealed for the upcoming series.
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What will happen in Outlander season 6?
WARNING: This section contains minor spoilers for Diana Gabaldon’s series
No official plot details have been released for Outlander season six as of yet, but it is likely it will follow the sixth book in Diana Gabaldon’s series.
This means the show will loosely be based on A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which was released back in 2005.
The novel focuses more on the aftermath of season five, which sees Jamie drawn into the American Revolution.
This will pick up after the fifth book which saw the political unrest heighten while the Frasers attempted to lead a peaceful life in North Carolina.
However, it is not certain the new season of the show will follow the trajectory of the books.
This comes after Executive producer Ronald Moore spoke to Entertainment Weekly about their approach to upcoming seasons of the show.
He said: “Every year we approach it fresh. Should we keep it a book a season?
“We’ve done that up until now. But we’ve talked about splitting books, and we’ve talked about combining them.
“We want to be free in the writers’ room to pick and choose and do what feels most comfortable that year.”
Moore also revealed how the new outing will see them head closer to the American Revolution in an interview with Collider.
“The large [thing] that’s still defining where we are is we’re in the new world, we’re in the American colonies and the American Revolution is getting closer.
“So that’s a big thing that’s going to be moving front and centre the further that we get into season six.”
Some of the producers have also hinted about potential trouble ahead for Jamie and Claire.
Is there a trailer for Outlander season 6?
No, there is no trailer yet for the new season of Outlander yet as it has not started filming.
Ahead of season five, Starz released the trailer four months before it aired.
Therefore, viewers may even get a glimpse at season six later in 2020.
Express.co.uk will update this article as soon as any footage is released ahead of the new show.
Outlander season 6 is expected to be released on Starz in 2021.
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