- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for the midseason finale of “Outlander” season seven.
- Executive producer Maril Davis spoke to Insider about Jamie and Claire’s “uplifting” final moment.
- She also explained why the upcoming episodes were “tough” and gave her a “few more gray hairs.”
The midseason finale of “Outlander” season seven, which is now available to stream on Starz in the US and Lionsgate+ in the UK, saw Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitríona Balfe) finally make the journey back to Scotland after an unexpected turn of events during the second battle of Saratoga.
On the battlefield, Jamie found himself tasked with taking out Simon Fraser, one of the British Army’s most important military leaders, who also happens to be one of his Highlander relatives. He intentionally bluffed his shot (and almost hit his redcoat son in the process), but one of his fellow rebel riflemen proved up to the task.
The shot didn’t immediately kill Simon, however. It left him alive long enough to learn of Jamie’s presence in the Continental Army camp so that he could request, in his dying breath, that Jamie do the honor of conveying his body back to their native home.
Of course, Jamie and Claire are more than happy to oblige, given that returning to the place where their love story began was something they have had in mind ever since the destruction of their home in Fraser’s Ridge.
As a result, the final shot audiences are left with ahead of the midseason hiatus is one of Jamie and Claire with their arms wrapped around one another as they cast their eyes on Scotland’s lush green banks for the first time in years.
It’s a touching, tender moment, and so unlike the somber and heartwrenching cliffhanger endings the last couple of seasons have given the show’s central couple.
Jamie and Claire’s ‘uplifting’ return to Scotland
Executive producer Maril Davis told Insider that giving Jamie and Claire a more positive climax was important to her.
“We weren’t totally sure this season would be split in half,” she said. “I mean, we had a pretty good idea just based on season one. I’m not involved in those decisions, but I’m sure there are reasons why we can’t show 16 episodes in a row. So knowing this would probably be the midway point, we wanted to leave the audiences with something.”
“And leaving Jamie and Claire — and Ian — in that place is just a nice, uplifting moment,” Davis continued.
However, Jamie and Claire’s happy ending is in sharp contrast with how Brianna (Sophie Skelton), the couple’s daughter, is faring in the 1980s, following her decision to travel back through the standing stones with her husband Roger (Richard Rankin) and their children.
Rob Cameron (Chris Fulton), their new acquaintance, stumbled across the couple’s treasure trove of time travel information and set his mind on finding the missing Jacobite gold, kidnapping their son Jemmy to do so.
Brianna and Roger believed that Rob had taken Jemmy back through the standing stones at Craigh na Dun, leaving Roger with no choice but to grab his 18th-century finest, and a gemstone, to follow them.
There’s a big twist in the upcoming episodes of ‘Outlander’
As readers of the Diana Gabaldon books the series is based on will know (and warning, book spoilers ahead), this development takes the story in a completely unexpected direction as Roger and Buck (Diarmaid Murtagh) end up traveling 30 years further into the past than they intend to (it’s also why so many long-dead fan favorites from past seasons are set to rejoin the action).
Featuring two simultaneous timelines is enough of a challenge, according to Davis, but adding a third timeline into the mix was something the team behind the show wasn’t entirely confident would work.
“You probably can’t see, but I’ve got quite a few more gray hairs than when we started season seven. It was really tough,” Davis said with a laugh.
“Going into this season we thought, ‘Oh, wow, we’re gonna have three different periods at some point. How are we going to pull that off?'”
Davis said that while “Outlander” is “usually a tough show for the art department and costume department,” it was even more so this time around.
“That creative challenge actually kind of opened us up to some of these really interesting changes,” said the producer.
Some ‘Outlander’ characters will be ‘left behind’
As for the season seven newcomers, which include Jamie’s secret son, William (Charles Vandervaart), and brother-sister duo Denzell (Joey Phillips) and Rachel ( Izzy Meikle-Small), who Jamie and Claire crossed paths with in North America, Davis said that while the show has “left them behind for a little bit,” as it shifts focus back to Scotland, they will be back at some point.
“We are going to come back to them and they will have their own stories to service,” she said. “We’ll touch on everybody for sure. No one will be left behind.”
Although Davis knows viewers are desperate for any information about when they can expect the second part of season seven (which was shot back-to-back with the first part), she isn’t sharing anything more for now.
The second half of season seven is expected to air in 2024, and although Davis knows the exact premiere date, she’s keeping it to herself for now.
“I’ve been told, but I can’t, I guess, tell you guys,” Davis said. “I wish I could share something. I don’t know when that’s going to be announced. It’s kind of out of my hands but hopefully won’t be too long.”
Episode eight of “Outlander” season seven is now available to stream on Lionsgate+ in the UK and Starz.com in the US. It also airs at 8 p.m. Friday on Starz.