Fans of “Outlander” received both good and bad news at the beginning of this year.
The series’ eighth and final season was renewed by Starz, derailing their initial plans to adapt all of Diana Gabaldon’s books (the last of which has still not been completed).
Although that will put an end to Claire’s (Caitrona Balfe) and Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) time-traveling adventures, viewers were thrilled to find that a prequel series following the saga of the Fraser family was officially in production.
When Deadline claimed that network executives had urged “Outlander” creators Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis to “plot a slew of spin-offs, sequels, and story extensions,” rumours that Starz was expanding the “Outlander” universe first surfaced.
When the prequel series was formally revealed more than two years later, fans finally received the information they had been waiting for. It was revealed some months later that the writers’ room had begun drafting screenplays and that the series’ title was “Outlander: Blood of my Blood.”
Many other information regarding the series have been revealed, even though no release date has been determined for it and no casting announcements have been made. Here is what we currently know. Despite hearing a lot about them over the years, audiences have never met these two “Outlander” characters.
“Blood of My Blood” is a love story at its core, according to Roberts, who will also act as the show’s showrunner and executive producer. It will examine the lengths people will go to in order to find love in a time when romance is viewed as a luxury and marriages are frequently arranged for political or financial advantage.
Fans of the “Outlander” television show and books will know exactly what Roberts means because a condensed version of Ellen and Brian’s romance was depicted in season one: the couple eloped and hid their relationship until Ellen was clearly pregnant with their first child, which forced her family to approve of their union.
The author has revealed that she is working on numerous more stories related to Jamie and Claire, including a prequel novel about the same characters, in addition to what is anticipated to be the tenth and final book in the “Outlander” series.
Although the title of the novel has not yet been decided, Gabaldon informed the audience at the Edinburgh International novel Festival in 2022 that it had plenty of historical intrigue and romance.
According to The Scotsman, she added, “The story is woven in with the Jacobite Risings – there will be a lot of clan politics and other interesting things.”
She has published multiple book snippets with her Facebook audience for those who are interested.
Executive producer Maril Davis explained to Insider in August how the show’s creators are collaborating with Gabaldon and her unfinished book: “We hope she will share as she goes, but we’ve kind of been taking the breadcrumbs she’s left in her books and expanding on those to build a story.”
The 10-episode season of “Outlander: Blood of My Blood” was approved by Starz in a press release from January.
After “Outlander: Blood of My Blood” airs, it is unknown if there will be additional seasons of the show or if it will be a one-off. Insider’s request for comment was not answered by Starz’s representatives.
If you’ve ever wondered what exactly “Blood of My Blood” means, “Outlander” fans will be familiar with it because it is a portion of the Gaelic blood pledge that Jamie and Claire exchanged on their wedding day.
“I offer you my body so that we might become one; you are blood of my blood and bone of my bone. I give you my spirit until our time on earth is up.
Audiences could witness Brian and Ellen exchanging the pledge because Gabaldon created it herself.
Even while he’s absolutely not in the show, Sam Heughan admitted in an interview with Esquire that a younger version of his character might be.
All I can say is that Jamie and I are not involved in it, he continued. I think it’s a prequel that focuses on Jamie’s parents when they were younger, so I suppose you might occasionally see a young version of him.
There is a six-year gap between the start of the series, as we believe, and Jamie’s birth in 1721, so viewers shouldn’t anticipate him to appear in the show right away. After all, before he was born, Brian and Ellen already had two other kids.
In August, Davis revealed to Insider that the Writers Guild of America strike, which started in May of this year, had temporarily halted pre-production on the show.
I hope we all return soon because it’s awful, she remarked. We were in the writer’s rooms for both the prequel and season eight before it happened, and we were in pre-production on both.