Sam Heughan is returning as Jamie Fraser in season six of Outlander (Picture: Starz)
Outlander star Sam Heughan has opened up about season 6 being the hardest one to film despite it being shorter than the previous series.
The Starz show is set to return in early 2022 following lengthy delays in filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While it will kick off with a 90 minutes premiere, the series will only be made up of eight episodes as opposed to the show’s usual 12 or 13 per instalment.
In a recent chat on the Just The Facts with Alex Zane podcast, the actor admitted: ‘It’s the shortest season we’ve done, it’s only eight episodes but it’s potentially one of the hardest because we were shooting during a pandemic and there were a lot of factors involved that made it pretty difficult to shoot.’
Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, also opened up about upcoming episodes containing very important scenes for his character: ‘It really is a transitional moment and it’s very hard to switch off.
‘For the first few days after shooting and completing a season of Outlander, you’re still on this hamster wheel of getting things done and everything,’ said the star.
Outlander will return with season six in 2022 (Picture: Starz)
This time, in particular, it seems like it was particularly hard for the actor to switch off from his work: ‘I came to London as I had a bunch of meetings and various things going on, suddenly it just dawned on me that I’m done.’
While the next season will be shorter, fans won’t be deprived of any Outlander in the long run.
Confirming the shortened run earlier this summer, showrunner Matthew B. Robert said that season seven will incorporate the four missing episodes of season six for a total of 16 episodes.
‘We are excited to get into the editing room to work on bringing the fans one step closer to reuniting with the family back on Fraser’s Ridge,’ he 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.
Outlander was already renewed for season 7 (Picture: Starz)
Adding in some Scottish, he continued: ‘Dinna fash, we will then film an extended season seven with 16 episodes next year as life returns to normalcy.’
Ever since Outlander launched in 2014, viewers have been swept up in a world of romance and adventure, as former World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) finds herself transported back to mid-18th Century Scotland, where she meets Highland warrior Fraser.
The sixth season is based on the sixth book in the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon, and 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.
Season seven – which recently received an early renewal – will be based on the seventh of the eight books, titled An Echo in the Bone.