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Outlander Season 6 coming in 2022, getting reduce episode count

Outlander Season 6 filming has wrapped. While that’s great news, we’re still waiting until 2022 for the release. It’s also going to be shorter than initially planned.

Let’s start with the good news. Outlander Season 6 filming has come to an end. The show announced on World Outlander Day that Season 6 filming had wrapped, and now it’s time to start the post-production work.

Post-production work can take months. In this case, it’s going to take about eight months to allow for all episodes to be ready and to make sure there is good space in the STARZ schedule to run all episodes back to back.

“Early 2022” is the official timeline for a release at the moment. This could mean anywhere between January and April, but if we go off “early 2021” for Men in Kilts, which meant February, we could see Season 6 arrive in February 2022. Fingers crossed!

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Outlander Season 6 is getting a reduced episode count

Now for a little more bad news. Originally, Outlander Season 6 was going to have 12 episodes, matching Season 5. That’s not going to be the case anymore, and that’s how filming has wrapped in just five months.

The sixth season is going to be a reduced number of episodes. It will have eight, which will likely mostly be about the Christie family on the Ridge.

Wait, does that mean there’s going to be a lot of A Breath of Snow and Ashes skipped over? Not quite. Outlander Season 7, which was also meant to have 12 episodes, will now have 16 episodes. That’s the four missing from Season 6 added onto the start of Season 7, so there will still be the 24 episodes across the two seasons.

Changing the episode counts is due to the pandemic. We know how difficult it’s been just to get started with filming and episodes are taking a little longer than normal. Holding off some episodes for Season 7 means that there’s a chance things will be back to normal for Season 7.

Some good news is that while Season 6 will be the shortest season to date, the premiere will be the longest to date. It’s going to be 90 minutes long, matching the Season 2 finale.

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What do you hope to see on Outlander Season 6? What do you think of the news to reduce the season count due to the pandemic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Outlander is available to stream on STARZ, which is available via Amazon Channels ($).