Outlander: Reunion with Dougal MacKenzie, Geillis Duncan and Co. – these stars are part of the new season

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Outlander season 7 expands the cast with numerous new and also old faces. Look forward to a reunion with Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) and Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek), among others.

  • “Outlander” Season 7 brings back many old characters.
  • Among them are Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan.
  • But also some new faces were confirmed by US broadcaster Starz.

Outlander” fans can look forward to many familiar faces in Outlander season 7. Thus, US broadcaster Starz confirms that Graham McTavish, who can currently also be seen in “House of the Dragon,” will return to his role of Dougal MacKenzie.

Also confirmed is that Nell Hudson will once again play Laoghaire Fraser. Other returning actors and actresses include: Steven Cree as the elderly Ian Murray, Andrew Whipp as Brian Fraser (Jamie’s father), Layla Burns as Joan MacKimmie (Marsali’s sister and Jamie’s stepdaughter), and Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan (a time traveler Claire befriended).

A slew of new actors and actresses were also announced right away. Joining the cast are Gloria Obianyo (“Dune “) as Mercy Woodcock, a Black woman struggling to make it in colonized America; Rod Hallett (“The Last Kingdom”) as Benedict Arnold, a Revolutionary soldier turned traitor; Chris Fulton (“Bridgerton“) as Rob Cameron, a new acquaintance of Roger and Brianna; and Diarmaid Murtagh (“Vikings”) as Buck MacKennzie, the illegitimate son of Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan (in Season 5, Buck was played by Graham McTavish).

Kristin Altherton will take on the role of Jenny Murray, who was portrayed by Laura Donnelly in seasons 1 through 3. Jenny is Jamie’s sister and the mother of young Ian. Previously also confirmed were Charles Vandervaart as William Ransom, Izzy Meikle-Small as Rachel Hunter and Joey Philipps as Denzell Hunter.

Some of the returning characters have long since died in the story, but since Claire Fraser and other characters from the “Outlander” universe can travel through time, it’s easy to bring them back.

“Outlander” Season 7 will most likely not be released until 2023, with filming still in full swing. The upcoming season will have 16 episodes this time instead of the usual 12.

The release date of Outlander Season 7

Outlander: Reunion with Dougal MacKenzie, Geillis Duncan and Co. - these stars are part of the new season
Outlander Season 7 © Starz

Filming for the 7th season of “Outlander” is already underway. This is basically a good sign and under normal circumstances would suggest that the new episodes may be released as early as fall 2022.

Now, however, season 7 comprises 16 episodes, which of course makes filming much longer. Thus, a start in the spring of 2023 is more likely, so just under a year after the start of the 6th season. An official date will probably be in the second half of 2022 at the earliest.

You will also have to wait a while for a trailer, it will probably only appear a few weeks before the release of the new episodes.

The Storyline of Outlander Season 7

Outlander Season 7
Outlander Season 7 © Starz

Since season 6 of “Outlander” was shorter due to the Corona pandemic and only included 8 episodes, season 7 still has to deal with certain sections from the 6th “Outlander” novel “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”. After the season 6 finale, Claire is in prison and is believed to be a murderer. Can she prove her innocence?

Large portions of Season 7 will, of course, be based on “Echo of Hope,” the seventh book by Diana Gabaldon. Showrunner Matthew B. Roberts reveals to U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly, “We can’t wait to get back into the writers’ room.”

In “Echoes of Hope,” Claire and Jamie find themselves in the midst of the American Revolution, while Brianna and her family live in Lallybroch in the 1970s. But they are soon caught up in the past again. In the series, however, the Mackenzies haven’t traveled to the future, so there may be some deviations from the book in their storyline.

Lord John Grey and his stepson William are also involved in the revolution, but fight on the British side. With Ian, things get exciting in love matters.

Cast and production of Outlander season 7

Caitriona Balfe (Claire), Sam Heughan (Jamie), Sophie Skelton (Brianna) and Richard Rankin (Roger) will all be part of season 7. Matthew B. Roberts, Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Toni Graphia, Andy Harris and Jim Kohlberg will once again serve as executive producers