Outlander scraps season 6 episodes written by series creator Diana Gabaldon

It’s not long now until Starz hit fantasy series Outlander will be back on screens with its highly anticipated sixth season.

The next instalment of the show is set to differ from the books slightly but the changes have been given the stamp of approval from Outlander author Diana Gabaldon.

Diana gave the new season a glowing review during a promotion for her latest project, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, which is the tenth Outlander story.

She also revealed she had written a script for programme makers, which was scrapped and pushed back for season seven.

The author said last November, during a Penguin Random House event for the new book: “The first episode is absolutely spectacular. It’s wonderful.

“They’re all good. As a matter of fact, this is the first season where I have not had a single episode that I found less likeable.

“They always do a good job; it’s just which direction they’ve chosen to head in. Anyway, the season is extremely good throughout.

“I did in fact, write a script for season six, but that was before they decided to truncate season six and move the last four episodes into season seven.”

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon (R) with show star Sam Heughan
Outlander author Diana Gabaldon (R) with show star Sam Heughan

The show is the on-screen adaptation of Diana’s best selling novels and while previous runs have followed the events of the book, season six will be different.

The author initially teased fans that “a number of things happen” in upcoming episodes but, as we reported last year, lifted the lid and disclosed that some will be centred on specific characters.

Thankfully for viewers, the new season will have eight episodes but will remain the shortest season in the franchise due to production difficulties with the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules.

The Fraser family are now settled at Fraser's Ridge in Outlander season six
UK watchers will have to subscribe to a new streaming service to watch Outlander season six

She said: “A couple, for instance, are focused heavily toward young Ian and his life with the Mohawk and what happened there.

“Whereas, others are more closely focused on Jamie and Claire. And there’s quite a bit on Roger and Brianna and Fergus and Marsali.”

“There’s quite a lot of stuff for six episodes, but they’ve handled it beautifully.

“We’re going to stop the season after the sixth episode, which believe me, is a really exciting place to stop it. And then we’ll just show those four extra episodes into season seven, which will then be 16 episodes, mirroring the first season, which also had 16.”

Season six will be based on Diana’s sixth novel A Breath of Snow and Ashes, which readers now know will have major changes to the on-screen fantasy world.

However, some fans have theories on other differences the series will have.

It was previously unveiled the Christie family would be the latest addition to Outlander and would soon be residing on Fraser’s Ridge.

In October, showrunners released a script of the upcoming premiere, which revealed Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, had doubts about Tom Christie, played by Mark Lewis Jones, moving in.

Although the two had some disagreement and rivalry in the past, fans think their relationship is only going to get worse in the upcoming season.

Taking to Reddit, user TheCoolDeadpool predicted Tom could fall in love with Jamie’s wife Claire Fraser, played by Caitriona Balfe which will undoubtedly cause friction on the Ridge.

Outlander season six will premiere on Starz on Sunday, March 6.

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