It’s been an age since the season 5 finale of Outlander shattered our hearts into tiny pieces (and pissed me off in equal measure, because more rape?), but the end of Droughtlander is finally in sight. Author Diana Gabaldon recently announced that season 6 of the show, which is based on her best-selling books, will premiere on March 6, 2022.
The new season will likely follow in the footsteps of previous installments from Starz, and be inspired by the events in a corresponding Outlander book—namely A Breath of Snow and Ashes. For those of us who haven’t read the books (or at least haven’t gotten this far yet), there are a lot of questions about the Frasers that need to be answered. How will Claire recover from her terrible and life-changing encounter at the end of season 5? How long does the family have before the Revolutionary War will threaten to tear them apart? And Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ, can Jamie and Claire just have a moment’s peace for once? If you haven’t seen the trailer yet (which doesn’t really answer the questions above LOL) you can watch it below.
I have a lot of complicated feelings about this show. And while I am excited about watching a new season, I’m also apprehensive. Honestly, the rapey tropes that have permeated this story from the beginning are getting real old real fast. Will this season have that, too, or can we finally move on to something else? Additionally, I’m hoping for some more diverse representation in season 6. I felt as though season 4 did a fairly good job of showing the indigenous population of North Carolina on screen, but it seems as though that fell by the wayside in season 5 with Young Jamie taking the place of any Native Americans. It’s hard to know what they’ll do, but one can at least hope for positive changes.
Season 6 of Outlander returns March 6, only on Starz.