It’s time to travel back in time. Outlander is returning to our screens. The Starz fantasy-romance show has begun production on its sixth season, taking extra precautions to account for the ongoing pandemic. What can fans expect in the latest installment of this beloved drama? Here’s everything we know so far about what to expect in season six:
When is season six set?
With a time-hopping show like Outlander, the question isn’t always what; it’s often when. Unless there’s more funny business with The Stones (and listen, there could always be more funny business with The Stones), the show picks up about where it left off: 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution. Of course, only Claire (Caitriona Balfe), and by extension her family, knows what will happen. Neither the colonists nor the British know that war is on the horizon, so it’s up to the Fraser clan to navigate as best they can, protecting their home without altering the future too much.
Where does the new season take place?
Following an altercation with Lionel Brown at the end of the fifth season, Claire has returned to her home with Jamie (Sam Heughan) at Fraser’s Ridge in what will become North Carolina. In this picture from set, we can see our leading lovers navigating the wild backcountry by horse-drawn cart:
Where is the new season being filmed?
Scotland, actually! It looks like production has not come stateside, even if the story now takes place largely in the “New World.” As you can see in this behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the sets and costumes, the Fraser homestead is being constructed both outdoors and on a soundstage.
When will season six premiere?
We don’t know for sure. Executive producer Matthew B. Roberts told Elle that the show, which necessarily features intimate, undistanced scenes, is using massive amounts of COVID testing to ensure the cast and crew’s health. Unless an outbreak delays production, we’d guess that a premiere in early 2022 seems plausible? If not, we’ll just use The Stones to time-hop to whenever the new season is out, because we honestly can’t wait.