Outlander Season 7 will premiere in the summer of 2023. I still think it’s going to be split in two parts, and here are my reasons.
Since STARZ announced the season would have 16 episodes, I’ve said that it will be split in two parts. I still believe that will be the case for Outlander Season 7, despite the summer 2023 premiere news.
There are a few reasons I still think a split season is going to happen. The main reason now is to do with production timelines, but I also don’t think STARZ will air 16 episodes of one show in one sitting.
Post-production of Outlander Season 7 will take time
We don’t know when in the summer the season will premiere. It could be as early as the end of June. That would mean the first eight episodes would run through to the end of August (start of September if there’s a one-week break, which is pretty standard for STARZ).
Is the end of August or the start of September enough time to get through post-production of all episodes? Probably not. It takes at least six months. With a show like this, eight months is more likely. There are a lot of graphics to add to keep the feeling of a period drama. With Season 7 filming supposedly going until at least February or March, there may not be enough time to get through all the episodes.
That would mean pushing the second half of the season to later in 2023 or early 2024. This would make some sense due to how long Droughtlander takes and the fact that Outlander Season 8 isn’t even confirmed yet. If Season 8 is going to happen, STARZ will want to space out content to avoid an extremely long Droughtlander.
There’s also the fact that STARZ doesn’t tend to do more than eight to 12 episodes in one sitting. Look at other shows that have had months-long breaks in the seasons, such as the Power shows. STARZ will have other content ready to run in the fall, so it would be a good time to run those shows between the two halves of Outlander Season 7.