Historical events

When is it set and what historical events will it cover?



War is brewing (Picture: Robert Wilson/Starz)


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War is brewing (Picture: Robert Wilson/Starz)

*Contains possible minor spoilers for the context of Outlander Season 6*

Season 6 of Outlander has finally arrived, with the first episode of the latest drama from Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) now available to watch on its new home of Starzplay in the UK.

Although the show is truncated to eight episodes this time instead of its usual 13 to 16, due to the pandemic, viewers are still treated to a feature premiere episode.

This season follows season five, so the Fraser-MacKenzie clan are still in pre-Revolutionary War America and still in the home they made for themselves: Fraser’s Ridge.

Stars Richard Rankin, who plays Roger, and Sophie Skelton, who is Brianna, teased the ‘tension’ and ‘disruption’ for the family in North Carolina, while speaking exclusively to metro.co.uk before the start of the season.

What time period will the show cover though, and what historical events might it include?

When is Outlander season 6 taking place?

Outlander season 6 begins in 1773, following the events of last season, after an early flashback to Ardsmuir prison in 1753 introduces Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones) as a new settler and figure in the Jamie’s past.

The show’s seasons have tended to follow Outlander author Diana Gabaldon’s books each time, covering roughly one book per series, but there have been some shake-ups.

Season five saw Outlander cover parts of the sixth book, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, after largely wrapping up the events of the fifth book, The Fiery Cross.



Tom Christie is a link to Jamie's past 20 years ago (Photo: Robert Wilson/Starz)


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Tom Christie is a link to Jamie’s past 20 years ago (Photo: Robert Wilson/Starz)

This means that Claire’s attack and ordeal at the hands of Lionel Brown and his men has already happened on television, as well as Brianna’s eventual revenge on Stephen Bonnet (Edward Speleers), despite the formation of large parties. of the sixth book.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes will be the basis for all eight new Outlander episodes though, and the book covers the years 1773 to 1776, so it’s likely the TV show will do the same.

What historical events will Outlander Season 6 cover?



Fraser's Ridge grows in season six (Photo: Jason Bell/Starz)


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Fraser’s Ridge grows in season six (Photo: Jason Bell/Starz)

1770s America sees the period before the American Revolutionary War.

If the show ends this season in 1776, as the book does, then it will encompass the start of the fighting, which began on April 19, 1775.

In the book, Brianna and Roger recount to each other Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem Paul Revere’s Ride, which commemorates the actions (with wavering precision) of the patriot whose April 18 race warned patriots of the imminent arrival of British forces.



Jamie's loyalty is set to be tested (Picture: Starz)


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Jamie’s loyalty is set to be tested (Picture: Starz)

As in season five, Jamie’s shared duties cause problems as he tries to balance the oath he took to the British crown after the Jacobite rising with his loyalty to his family and the hope that the American independence was assured.

There’s also the potential question of whether Jamie and Claire’s house will burn down, the printed record of which, dated January 21, 1776, inspired Brianna and then Roger to travel through the stones to warn Claire in season four.

Outlander Season 6 premieres March 6 on STARZPLAY.

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