Caitriona Balfe, who stars as Claire on Outlander, says the storyline of the show’s upcoming season 6 is heartbreaking and twisted. The sweeping historical fantasy Outlander, which debuted on Starz in 2014, is based on a popular series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, with each season of the show covering the occasions of one book. Season 5, which zeroed in on the plot of Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross, aired among February and May 2020. Outlander has already been reestablished through season 7, and season 6 is relied upon to debut in early 2022.
Speaking to EW about her work on Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast, Balfe teased a “heartbreaking” and “twisted” struggle in the upcoming season 6 of Outlander. She referenced another family who will join Claire and Jamie locally on Fraser’s Ridge: the Christies, including patriarch Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones) and his children Allan (Alexander Vlahos) and Malva (Jessica Reynolds). Read her remarks about the Christies beneath:
Outlander does baddies and villains very well. [The Christies] aren’t your typical villains, which is great and refreshing.
Claire and Malva assemble a great relationship and bond. It’s very destabilizing for Claire. It’s a really heartbreaking, yet a really twisted narrative that they all get entangled in.
At this point, Claire and Jamie – also the remainder of their family – have experienced an abundance of challenges. Sometimes, as with the Jacobite Rising, they were struggling against history itself, however they’ve also had to deal with too much what Balfe alludes to as “baddies and villains,” regularly in the form of incredible and fierce men like Captain Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies again, in a dual job) and Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speleers). The idea of the Frasers facing an alternate kind of antagonist in season 6 is a fascinating one and will give Outlander fans (including Susan Sarandon) something new to anticipate in the remaining a long time of “Droughtlander” – the name used to depict the huge delay between seasons. While it is ideal to think Clare and Jamie have earned some peace, it probably will not come as a surprise to Outlander fans that the forbearing couple is headed for more heartbreak in season 6.