Outlander return date confirmed as explosive trailer reveals tragedy for Claire and Jamie

Devoted fans of popular period drama Outlander, starring Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, have had to wait a long time for new episodes after the first part of season seven finished in August 2023. The story, about Second World War nurse Claire Randall, who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland where she meets and falls in love with dashing Highlander Jamie Fraser, ended on a massive cliffhanger after the first eight episodes of that season aired and there was no news when the second batch of season seven’s remaining eight episodes would arrive.

Fans were left wondering the fate of Claire, Jamie and Jamie’s nephew Ian, who decided to leave their new American home during the early days of the Revolutionary War to head back to Scotland.

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Jamie and Claire face an uncertain future in Outlander -Credit:Youtube/STARZ
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Fans are concerned for Jamie's fate -Credit:Youtube/STARZ

Meanwhile Claire and Jamie’s daughter Bree, who had travelled back to the 20th century to raise her family, was in turmoil after her son Jemmy had been kidnapped and taken back to the past, and her husband Roger had to follow despite not knowing exactly where Jemmy could be.

It has now been announced that Outlander season 7, part 2 will arrive on Friday 22 November this year - ending a 15 month wait for new episodes that fans of the show affectionately call a Droughtlander. The announcement comes on World Outlander Day, the date fans celebrate the show and the books on which the series is based, because author Diana Gabaldon’s first novel in the series was published on June 1 in 1991.

As well as announcing the launch date for new episodes, there is also a teaser trailer that hints at some of the events to come in the series, and they are moments fans are already talking about.

Lord John is seen sporting an eye patch in the new trailer for Outlander -Credit:Youtube/STARZ

Young Ian is shown adding stones to a grave, Claire is seen screaming, Jamie’s friend Lord John is wearing an eye patch, and Claire asks an unseen person: “Would you not sacrifice everything for love?” just before a gunshot is heard and we see Jamie’s face.

One fan wrote: “Cannot wait! November is too far away!” while another said: “Can’t wait until this starts up again. Love this show,” and a third agreed: “I’ve been waiting and still will wait I love Outlander and the wait is worth it to me. Just hate to see it end.” There were some worries about what was shown in the trailer, too. “Lord John with an eye patch?!!!” wrote one concerned fan as another commented: “Lord John with an eye patch is quite an Easter egg for book readers!”

One other commenter summed it all up: “So many amazing book parts can’t wait!! Claire’s scream got me scared and then Jamie at the end. November can’t come quick enough.” Following the second half of season seven, there will be one final season of Outlander in 2025, and also the prequel series Blood of My Blood that focuses on Jamies parents and also Claire’s in their 18th century and 20th century timelines.