Outlander bosses addresses Starz series is ending as prequel confirmed

After Starz’s hit drama Outlander confirmed the makings of a prequel, fans were concerned Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) and Claire Fraser’s (Caitriona Balfe) love story would soon be coming to an end. The show’s writer and executive producer finally shed light on the topic after addressing the rumours.

Outlander is the onscreen adaptation of a best-selling series of novels written by Diana Gabaldon.

Before the highly anticipated sixth season of Outlander landed on screens in March, the author revealed she was working on a prequel series.

In December 2021, Diana confirmed: “The other major thing that I’m working on right now is the prequel volume, which is the story of Jamie Fraser’s parents, Brian and Ellen.

“I’ve been carrying that one around in my head for quite a while, so I know quite a bit about it.

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“And I’ve just started serious work on it, you might say. So I have actual scenes, things like that,” she told Town and Country.

As a result, many fans speculated the announcement of a prequel hinted at the end of the original Outlander series, even though there are currently nine books in the novel series.

Diana also revealed she had been working on the 10th book, however, when a fan quizzed her about it on Twitter, she told her followers: “I’ve barely begun Book 10; it’ll be awhile.” (sic)

Following an official announcement about the prequel series, showrunner Matthew B Roberts addressed rumours about the original series coming to an end.

Taking to Twitter, Matthew wrote: ”A beginning doesn’t mean an ending…”

This sparked a frenzy on social media with fans expressing their excitement about the show’s continuation.

A relieved @WdawsonDawson stated: “Thank you Matt, I truly hope not! I am NOT ready for Outlander to end. I need more Jamie/Sam.”

A grateful @GaleER13 added: “I’m excited to see both – anything that you, Maril, Ron, and Diana produce, is sure to be wonderful!! You all take such care with your projects. Thx for bringing us what you can, any time you can!!”

@patchamm20 stated: “Thank you!!! Matthew I regained hope this morning by reading you.”

A sixth fan @Benligh1 speculated: “Thanks for clearing this BIG question up Matt!!! I’m taking it we can expect a new announcement soon.”

The prequel titled Blood of My Blood will follow the love story of Jamie’s parents Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser.

As the production is currently in development and still in the writing room, the show is yet to reveal the cast of the prequel.

Speaking on the upcoming series Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming at Starz, released a statement.

It read: “Outlander is a riveting show that from season to season has captured the hearts of its fans around the world.

“We are excited to peel back the layers of this vibrant world to bring our audience the origin of where it all began.

“Matthew, Maril, and Ronald will continue to bring their excellent vision and creativity to this new iteration, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Outlander is available on Starz in the US and available on Starzplay in the UK

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    Despite the tough times in England she never gave up and in 1971 things took a better turn when Cliff Richard hired her as a regular guest singer on his TV variety show.

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    Several more hits, including two albums, quickly followed, with an up-tempo take of the murder ballad Banks Of The Ohio, doing well in Australia as well as the UK.

    Her 1973 song Let Me Be There was her key to success in the US, earning her a Grammy award for best female country vocal performance.

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    Some of the biggest names in American country music were reportedly angered by an Australian pop singer having hits in a genre they regarded as their territory.

    It made no difference, and Newton-John later said she had no idea there was a backlash.

    ‘I was travelling and touring, and I heard about it after, and heard that Dolly [Parton] and Loretta [Lynn] had backed me up, so I had great support,’ she said.

    While some rock music magazines railed against her for not being ‘authentic’, others gave her a pass due to her looks.

    Creem magazine asked it’s readers ‘What female singer would ya like most to sit in yr lap? ‘Connie Francis? (too old) Cher? (too bananas). Answer: Olivia!’

    She won more awards, including another three Grammys, but by the late 1970s her sales were dropping.

    And then she was cast in the 1978 film Grease, which took her fame and success to a new level.

    She was initially not sure if she was right for the part of Sandy Olsson because she was aged 29 when it was filmed and would be playing a 17-year-old.

    But she went for it and demanded and got equal billing with co-star John Travolta.

    An even smarter bit of negotiating was insisting on a percentage of the film’s profits in return for a lower initial fee of $125,000.

    The film and its soundtrack’s success made Newton-John a huge star and a millionaire.

    Hit singles such as You’re the One That I Want and Summer Nights were followed by continued success in the 1980s with singles such as Physical, which had originally been turned down by both Rod Stewart and Tina Turner.

    Though she never again reached the heights of success she enjoyed with Grease, Newton-John still notched 100million record sales in her remarkable career.

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