Outlander could come to an end after the seventh season, according to Caitríona Balfe, one of the stars in the show. The series first aired on Starz in 2014, and Balfe plays the role of Claire Randall.
The show is based on a series of novels by a similar name. In the show, Balfe acts as a World War II nurse who goes back to 1743 Scotland during the Jacobite rising.
While there, she meets and falls for Jamie Fraser. The couple then relocates to colonial America just as the Revolutionary War breaks out.
Balfe clarified that she was not confident that the seventh season would be the last in the series. She made it clear that she did not have the authority to speak on the matter but only speculated on what might happen.
She noted that during the seventh season, the show will have aired for nearly a decade, which she feels is a great "time frame" for a series:
"We will have hit the almost 10-year mark by the end of that, which feels like a nice kind of time frame, but we don't know. Those decisions are far above my pay grade."
There is no doubt that Balfe enjoys being part of Outlander. Still, she probably feels that she has been in the series long enough.
The series has taken up much of her time as an actor.
Recently, she got an opportunity to appear in Belfast, a semi-autobiographical film. Balfe may hope that the show ends soon to explore other acting opportunities.
The show's sixth season will start airing in March, and it will have eight episodes. Season seven, which will begin production this year, will be a little different in that it will have 16 episodes to cover the seventh novel in the series, An Echo in the Bone.
All things considered, there are still a lot of storylines Outlander could explore. After all, there are nine novels and a bunch of spin-off novels based on the Lord John Grey character.
This material could offer a lot of additional plotlines for Outlander.
More importantly, the show is still top-rated on Starz, which means it could go up to the ninth season unless it experiences a sudden drop in viewership.