Outlander season 6 release date confirmed for early 2022

It’s official! We know when we can expect to see Outlander season 6 on its network, Starz. The news is a bit surprising given the show only started filming the season in January. Filming was delayed due to the pandemic. Well, there’s an answer for that.

According to the official Outlander Twitter account, season 6 is going to be shorter. It will now be eight episodes instead of the 12 they had planned. But, that’s ok! Because Outlander season 7, which had already been confirmed back in March, will now be 16 episodes instead of 12.

Outlander showrunner Matthew B. Roberts told Deadline:

Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible.

A shorter season means a shorter time fans have to wait for their favorite show to come back! Less episodes may not have been our first choice, but at least the series will be returning faster this way.

Outlander season 6 release date on Netflix

So when is the show coming back on Starz? The Outlander Twitter account confirmed the Outlander season 6 release date will be early 2022. But they haven’t revealed when exactly yet.

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long! I think with the circumstances they’re dealing with and the amount of post-production work they still have to get through, this really is the best option. There’s now a shorter wait for season 6 since it’s eight episodes versus 12. They know fans don’t want to be kept waiting too long (that’s right, I’m looking at you Stranger Things).

So what does this news mean for Outlander fans on Netflix? Unfortunately, it’s still going to be a while before Netflix U.S. fans can enjoy the show. The streaming service hasn’t even released Outlander season 5 yet.

Netflix has had a pattern of adding a new season of the show two years after the finale aired on Starz. So the Outlander season 4 finale aired in January 2019. Then Netflix released season 4 in January 2021. That means those who watch it on Netflix U.S. probably won’t be able to see season 5 until May 2022 and season 6 in early 2024.

I know that’s a long time! But at least fans know the show is continuing not only for one, but two seasons with Outlander seasons 6 and 7. You can always head on over to Starz if you’re too impatient to wait.

What is Outlander season 6 about?

What can we expect to see in Outlander season 6? Deadline reports:

Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser’s Ridge. They must now defend this home – established on land granted to them by the Crown – not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care.

It seems like there are some more challenges ahead for the Frasers. But this time it’s stemming from within their home on Fraser’s Ridge. Can’t this family ever catch a break? I guess it wouldn’t be Outlander without trouble for the Frasers!

Are you excited Outlander season 6 has a release date? What do you think about the shortened season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!