While the second half of “Outlander” Season 7’s premiere date remains undetermined, Starz has already confirmed that Season 8 will be the show’s last and consist of 10 episodes. In a Deadline report about this news, network president Kathryn Busby shared her perspective on “Outlander” ending. “For nearly a decade ‘Outlander’ has won the hearts of audiences worldwide and we’re pleased to bring Claire and Jamie’s epic love story to a proper conclusion. But before we close this chapter there is plenty of their passionate story to tell over the course of 26 new episodes and even more to explore of this dynamic world and its origin story,” she said.

Meanwhile, the “Outlander” franchise will continue in the original series’ wake upon the debut of a spin-off titled “Outlander: Blood of My Blood.” The events of “Blood of My Blood” take place prior to the main “Outlander” timeline and revolve around a new pair of protagonists. Nevertheless, the spin-off will retain certain key aspects of its progenitor’s story. “There will be several names and faces that ‘Outlander’ fans will know and recognize,” said showrunner Matthew B. Roberts. “There is still so much more to come in the Outlander universe, and we cannot wait to continue sharing these stories with our dedicated fans.”

Moving forward, then, the 16 episodes of Season 7 and 10 episodes of Season 8 will lead into the start of the franchise’s next incarnation in “Blood of my Blood.”

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