My oh my. If you're anything like me and most Outlander fans, it will certainly seem like eons since we last laid eyes on Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and the rest of the Fraser / MacKenzie clan up on the ridge. While we already knew the Droughtlander between Seasons 5 and 6 was going to be a long one, life stepped in to increase our wait, as it has with many other television shows and movies. But, the Outlander cast had a special holiday message for fans, and did talk about how Season 6 is finally moving forward.
While Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, and many of their Outlander co-stars spent some time over the summer talking about how desperate they were to get back on set and return to work, those who have followed the time traveling romance from the beginning will know that that was something which was not so easy for a show where close quarters, crowd scenes and many hot and heavy sexytimes are frequently required.
But, in a new message to fans for the holidays, which was posted on the show's YouTube page, the cast opened up about how things are progressing on Season 6. Here's some of what they had to say:
Heughan: Obviously 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us and we’ve been having to make amends and we’re having to adapt to fit the situation, but we’re so excited that we are finding a way to get Outlander back on the screen.
Balfe: Prep is getting underway, so yeah, we’re very excited to bring the show to you as soon as possible.
Rankin: It’s been such a long Droughtlander this year, and as we all know that’s because of my hair. So, thank you for allowing me the time to grow it out for Season 6.
Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin and Sam Heughan joined Sophie Skelton in what appeared to be the wardrobe room for Outlander as they brought their message of holiday wishes to fans, and also teased some of what's to come in Season 6. While several productions were able to begin filming again over the summer, or at least by the fall, Outlander has had to deal with even more delays and a much slower start than was previously expected. Luckily, even though the show has had to take a longer time to gear up for the new season, it seem to be back on track.
It was just in late November that Sam Heughan revealed that the cast and crew of Outlander expected to be able to finally start filming on Season 6 early in 2021, and with the actors seemingly beginning to have fittings done for new costumes, it appears that that hope could become a reality very soon.
Richard Rankin may have joked about needing the extra time to grow out his Roger hair, but some major stuff happened in Season 5 which will surely set up some extreme challenges for the Frasers, their friends, and extended family whenever Season 6 finally arrives. While no one could give any specifics, it sounds like having a bunch of new people settle on Fraser's Ridge will make things even more difficult for everyone involved.
We still don't have a firm return date for Outlander Season 6, but you can stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. In the meantime, be sure to see what else you can peep in the new year with our guide to all the upcoming TV premieres!