When 'Outlander' Season 6 Starts and How To Watch Online

Outlander is coming back for Season 6, nearly two years after we got the last set of romantic adventures from Claire (played by Caitríona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan).

The release dates for the new episodes are set for March, when they will be airing on Starz and will be available to stream online.

Season 6 adapts the latest in the series of Diana Gabaldon books, with the action starting up in the United States circa 1712, as the country prepared for war.

When Does Outlander Season 6 Start?

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The cast of "Outlander" Season 6. The Starz show is coming back soon. Starz

The release date for Season 6, Episode 1 is Sunday, March 6, with episodes airing weekly on Sundays after that.

For this season, Outlander has a new time slot. The show is moving from 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT and moving forward an hour to 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

Though episodes are usually an hour, the show is getting a supersized Season 6 premiere, which is set to run for 90 minutes.

How Many Episodes Will 'Outlander' Season 6 Have?

Sorry, Outlander fans, the answer is "less than usual." While previous seasons have had anything from 12 to 16 episodes, Season 6 will be only eight episodes long.

Explaining this shorter run, showrunner Matthew B. Roberts said in a statement: "Filming in 2021 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges which led us to the decision to truncate the season in order to bring the fans the most vibrant and dynamic season as soon as possible."

Quoting a typical Jamie Fraser phrase, the showrunner added: "Dinna fash, we will then film an extended Season 7 with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy."

Where Can You Watch 'Outlander' Online?

As a Starz original series, that network's app is the best place to watch the show.

In the lead-up to the show, the network has an offer where viewers can pay $20 to get six months of the service. Alternatively, viewers can pay $5 a month for three months (a total of $15) or get Starz via Hulu for $2.99 a month for four months (a total of $11.96).

If none of those deals appeal, the service also offers a free trial if you sign up through Amazon Prime. New subscribers get a week of Starz for free, after which it is $8.99 a month.

What Is 'Outlander' Season 6 About?

This season is based on the sixth of the Outlander books, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. The synopsis for that reads: "The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

"With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence—with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin. For once, he hopes, his time-traveling family may be wrong about the future."

The official plot summary for the TV version, meanwhile, reads: "The sixth season of Outlander sees a continuation of Claire and Jamie's fight to protect those they love, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of life in colonial America."

"The Frasers strive to maintain peace and flourish within a society which—as Claire knows all too well—is unwittingly marching towards Revolution. Against this backdrop, which heralds the birth of the new American nation, Claire and Jamie have built a home together at Fraser's Ridge. They must now defend this home—established on land granted to them by the Crown—not only from external forces, but also from the increasing strife and conflict in the community within their care."