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Outlander Season 6 begins production

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Production is officially underway on Season 6 of Outlander.

The time-travelling drama, based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series, follows the story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married WW11 combat nurse from 1945 who mysteriously falls back in time to 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world and her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Heughan), a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that spans decades.

Season 5, based on The Fiery Cross, the fifth of nine books in Diana’s series, continued the Fraser family’s adventures, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America. While that featured some elements of the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, that book will primarily be the source for Season 6. It will follow the Frasers through the years running up to the Revolutionary War.

The book is set in 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, with the long fuse of rebellion already lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest. With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence — with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie’s death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future.

Season 6 will comprise 12 episodes and was originally set to begin production in May 2020. Now, after a long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show is officially back in production. Exec-producer Matthew B Roberts told Elle this week: “We had to figure out how to make sure we tested everybody a million times before they walked onto set and keep that bubble as safe as possible.”

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