What To Expect In Outlander Season 7, According To The Books

Claire’s troubles have only just begun… (Just kidding, they never end!)
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If a season of Foreign doesn’t end with time traveler Claire Fraser (Caitríona Balfe) and/or her broad-shouldered Highlander husband, Jamie (Sam Heughan), in a precarious situation, is it even a season of Foreign? Someone’s life must be suspended at some point on the scale of danger; if not, what are we doing here? Season six follows tradition: we left Claire in jail, wrongfully accused of murder (and being a witch, but like, when isn’t she accused of that?), and Jamie rushes to find her . What will happen next? Will Claire be hanged for a crime she didn’t commit?

Good news, Foreign friends: the answers are already hidden in Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels. We don’t have to wait to find out what’s going on! While Foreign the television series does not strictly adhere to the novels on which it is based, sometimes shifting the plots or completely altering them, the series has so far mostly followed the events of each novel in order. This final season drew the majority of its plot from book six, A breath of snow and asheswhich means the upcoming season seven will be mostly based on book seven, An echo in the bone.

Now if you look at this stack of really long Foreign novels and are disabled because you are subscribed to the famous philosopher and happy endings Penny Hartz school of thought that “reading is dumb, TV reigns!”, you’ve come to the right place! Below, find some predictions for what Claire and Jamie could do in season seven based on all the information we have from the seventh novel. You have nothing to read! Except for this post. Sorry, we can’t do everything for you. Obviously, all spoilers to follow.

Oh yes. Due to the pandemic and other scheduling issues, ForeignThe sixth season of was truncated with just eight episodes. While the series left Claire alone in a jail cell facing possible execution for a crime she didn’t commit, all of Malva Christie’s stuff is wrapped up in A breath of snow and ashes, and it seems likely that the TV series will begin season seven by wrapping up that story. And, uh, it’s a doozy, people. Tom Christie admits to having feelings for Claire and knows she is innocent, so he confesses to killing his daughter in order to spare Claire’s life. But Tom isn’t guilty either – ultimately Alain Christie confesses to Claire that he is both the father of her sister’s child and that he murdered her to prevent her from telling anyone. Yes, it is quite dark. But as unsettling as all of this is, it should (mostly) be a wrap on the Christies, and honestly, good riddance.

Again, this will include some plot points that take place in book six that have yet to take place in the series: once Bree has her daughter, Amanda, Claire realizes she has a heart murmur, and nothing can be done about it in 1776. Bree, Roger, and their two children travel back to the future and end up in 1980, where they move in—surprise! —Lallybroch. book seven, An echo in the bone, discovers that the MacKenzies are rebuilding their lives in their new (old) time, but that doesn’t mean the end of time travel. They end up receiving a visitor from the past: William Buccleigh MacKenzie. You know, Dougal MacKenzie and Geillis Duncan’s secret son, Roger’s ancestor, who… hanged him that time? It’s not bothersome at all, is it? Well, this guy accidentally runs through some rocks, ends up in 1980, and heads to Roger and Bree for help. I’m crossing my fingers that this happens in season seven for two reasons: one, it’ll be fun to see a dude from the 1770s trying to make sense of the 1980s, and two, you might remember that when we met Buck in season five, he was played by Graham McTavish (who also played Dougal), and it’s always a delight when he appears on Foreign. Give us the Buck!

But that’s not the only time travel that takes place in 1980: one of Bree’s colleagues, Rob Cameron, decides to kidnap Jemmy, and they think he took him back in time. Towards the end of An echo in the bone, Roger and Buck return through the stones in an effort to save Jemmy. Sorry to say, but Jem isn’t here – yet it looks like these two estranged relatives are about to have a real adventure.

At the end of A breath of snow and ashes, Wendigo Donner ransacks the Fraser house in search of gems to travel with, a fight ensues and the house burns down. Jamie and Claire don’t die in this fire, but that answers most questions about this pesky obituary. It hasn’t happened on the show yet, but in season six we got to get a look at someone who looks like Donner at Wilmington Jail, where, conveniently, Claire is being held. On the show, it looks like Donner already has a gem, but regardless, it looks like things are lining up for some version of that fire to happen soon. The fire is significant because it prompts Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian to return to Scotland so that Jamie can recover his printing press and bring it back to America. The journey to Scotland and the stay of the Frasers in their home country form an important part of the book. So I think we’ll get some time in Scotland in all 16 episodes of season seven. Their time there is bittersweet though: yes, they have a long (so long!) overdue reunion with Jenny and (old) Ian at Lallybroch, but they also learn that Ian is dying of consumption. Timing is everything, especially in Foreignto the right?

I’m talking about Jamie’s son, William, of course. There are many William’s in An echo in the bone. We haven’t seen him on the show since that time he and Lord John Gray visited and John caught the measles in season four, but here we find him grown up and a loyal member of the British Army. Does that make things confusing for our resident rebel Jamie Fraser? You bet. While William has his own adventures to live, the heart of his story has always been the secret of his real biological father. You knew this secret would eventually come out, right? Well, it’s not until the end of book seven that William learns the truth. Who knows if we’ll get that far into William’s story, but Jamie’s secret son should at least start to play a bigger role in the overall narrative.

Seriously, if you want any surprises regarding Claire and Jamie’s future, stop reading here. Have you made your choice !

So Claire and Ian leave Scotland without Jamie and later learn that the boat Jamie was supposed to be traveling to America has sunk, and they believe Jamie is dead. Everyone is really sad about it. Then, when Claire is about to be arrested for being a spy (she constantly gets in trouble – we know that), someone offers to marry her in order to protect her. Did you guess Lord John Grey? Because yes, Claire and Lord John end up getting married in book seven, and yes, they consummate that marriage drunk (and full of grief for the loss of Jamie, whom they both love with all their hearts). And then Jamie shows up very much alive! It’s a crazy turn of events, so better start preparing now for what is sure to be a controversial story in season seven.

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