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Here’s What to Expect in Outlander Season 6

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Here’s What to Expect in Outlander Season 6

The trailers are coming, the trailers are coming! Having bonked, bludgeoned, and bluffed their way through the Jacobite rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Ancien Régime-era France, and colonial America, our favorite accidental time travelers Claire Randall (Catríona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) have finally found themselves embroiled in the run-up to the American War of Independence in the sixth season of Outlander, which premieres on Starz on March 6th.

The Droughtlander

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Fans starved of new episodes will be relieved to know that the two-year hiatus between seasons – drolly labeled “Droughtlander” by aficionados – was due to nothing more sinister than the exigencies of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as a result of the multiple disruptions to filming, the sixth season will consist of only eight episodes, with the remainder being shunted into season seven, which has already been commissioned with a tentative premiere date of late 2022.

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The principal cast was kept busy during their enforced layoff. Balfe was last seen garnering positive reviews for her excellent turn as Ma in Kenneth Branagh’s award-winning new film Belfast, also starring Dame Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds, released late last year. Meanwhile, Heughan spent the first few months of the pandemic traveling around Scotland with fellow Outlander star Graham McTavish for Starz’ Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham, which premiered last February, followed by a star turn opposite Lord of the Rings alum, Andy Serkis, in action thriller SAS: Red Notice.

The Return

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The return of Outlander was never going to be easy. Season five’s finale was, to put it mildly, harrowing. As fans know, this is a show where brutality is de rigueur – torture and assault are never far from the central narrative. But even by the show’s standards, the episode “Never My Love,” in which Claire is brutally assaulted by the Brown clan, was shocking. Only a few episodes earlier, Claire’s son-in-law, Roger (Richard Rankin), came within a hair’s breadth of dying at the hands of the British after being hanged in a case of mistaken identity.

When it comes to talking-point television, sex and violence get the ratings, as Outlander’s impressive viewing figures and critical acclaim demonstrate. So it’s fair to expect more of the same this spring. Balfe has already primed audiences for exactly that, suggesting in September that season six would be, as she put it, “heartbreaking and twisted.”

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The Plot: What to Expect

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Much recent speculation has centered on the role of the Christies, a family whose arrival on Fraser’s Ridge has been described by Balfe as “very destabilizing.” The head of the new family, Tom, is played by none other than Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones (Chernobyl, The Crown, Gangs of London), and his past relations with Jamie back in Scotland are understood to be the source of the tension.

A key aspect of the series will be the moral dilemma facing Jamie, who, having been granted a massive estate in North Carolina by the British, has been repeatedly warned by Claire that he will be forced to choose sides as the push for independence becomes more urgent.

Another potential source of tension is the mysterious fire in which, as a newspaper printed in the future informs us, Claire and Jamie are fated to die. Having been alerted to their fate by Claire’s daughter from the twentieth century, Brianna (ably played by Sophie Skelton), Claire and Jamie know the date on which they are supposed to die, but not the year. Will this fire be a result of the upcoming war, how exactly does it come about, and if it is fated to happen, how can the pair possibly escape it?


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The Show’s Future

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Over and above the resolution of these issues, a question mark continues to hang over the show’s long-term future. The author of the Outlander series of novels, American author Diana Gabaldon, continues to add to the saga, publishing the ninth installment, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, in November last year, with a tenth novel currently in writing. Gabaldon has also penned several of the TV episodes. However, the author has also expressed that she envisages the Outlander saga as a ten-book series, suggesting the end may be in sight.

But all is not lost for fans. As a final aside, avid viewers may be interested in the possibility of an Outlander spin-off. Showrunner Ronald D. Moore was quoted late last year as suggesting a new series based on the adventures of fan-favorite Lord Grey (played by Australian actor David Berry since his introduction in series two) may be in the works. While nothing has been confirmed, Moore has consistently teased a spin-off series or two for a couple of years now, and the continuing success of the series – viewing figures dropped slightly for series five, but have otherwise remained surprisingly consistent – speak well to the chances of getting a green light. Stay tuned!



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Halo Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere at Paramount

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The upcoming Halo TV series has officially been renewed for a second season. Paramount recently announced in celebration of its forthcoming one-year anniversary since launching the streaming service. The upcoming live-action TV adaptation of the iconic Xbox video game series is currently set to premiere next month. You can take a look at Paramount’s official announcement of Halo’s second season below.

This latest announcement for Halo comes just two weeks after the release of the show’s official trailer. With most of the previous promotional material over the past few months mainly focusing on Master Chief’s iconic helmet rather than his entire costume, the latest trailer finally gives fans a much better glimpse of what’s to come next month. The trailer also gives us a sample of the show’s version of Cortana, who is played by Jen Taylor, which is also the same voice actress from the video game series. If you haven’t already, you can check out the official trailer for upcoming Halo TV series below.

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While the Halo universe continues to expand, it has unfortunately been confirmed that the television series timeline will not be canon to the video games. In a video posted to Twitter (via Halopedia), Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill says the decision should be beneficial for both universes. “We’re referring to this as the Halo Silver Timeline as a way of differentiating it from core canon,” Wolfkill said. “In both protecting core canon and protecting the television story, and by that I mean being able to give ourselves the chance to evolve both and for both to be what they need to be for their medium without colliding with each other.”

Halo is an upcoming American live-action military science fiction television series based on the video game franchise of the same name. The current synopsis for the series reveals that it will follow “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply imagined personal stories with action, adventure, and a richly imagined vision of the future. ”

The Halo series will star Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey (a scientist for the UNSC, and creator of the Spartan-II Project), Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha, Charlie Murphy as Makee, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky (Director of ONI), Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Olive Gray as Miranda Keyes, Kate Kennedy as Kai-125, Natasha Culzac as Riz-028, Bentley Kalu as Vannal-134, Danny Sapani as Captain Jacob Keyes, and Jen Taylor as Cortana (an artificial intelligence AI construct).

Halo will be available for streaming on Paramount+ on March 24. The upcoming television series will consist of a total of 9 episodes with roughly 50-60 minute runtimes. Currently, Halo has an estimated budget of $200 million, with episodes being directed by Otto Bathurst, Jonathan Liebesman, M.J. Bassett, Roel Reine, and Jet Wilkinson. While the announcement for the second season for Halo is still very fresh, there are currently no other details pertaining to the newest season at this time.

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Book Of Boba Fett Finale Sees 40% Viewer Increase Over The Mandalorian Finale

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Book Of Boba Fett Finale Sees 40% Viewer Increase Over The Mandalorian Finale

The final episode of The Book of Boba Fett saw audience numbers increase dramatically on those seen for The Mandalorian’s finale last year.

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The Mandalorian set a high expectation for future Star Wars series on Disney+, and in some ways, The Book of Boba Fett suffered because of it. However, despite some believing the series lost its way in its last few episodes, seeming to be more interested in setting up the third season of The Mandalorian, the finale managed to pull in 40% more viewers than the final episode of Mando’s second season. While there can be many outside reasons for this, including increasing subscriber numbers and the show’s timing compared to The Mandalorians pre-Christmas finale, it can only bode well for the return of that series later this year.

As reported by Deadline, figures from Samba TV revealed that the final episode of The Book Of Boba Fett saw over 1.5 million U.S. households tuning in between the premiere last Wednesday and Sunday. This equated to a 36% increase on the last episode of The Mandalorian back in December 2020, which had 1.1 million households streaming the show and seeing the return of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

Despite the series on series uplift, the show did suffer a drop in viewership compared to the opening episode. The series premiere pulled in 1.7 million households, which then dropped by 12% over the course of the show, but that is not unfamiliar for Disney+ with many Marvel live-action series seeing the same kind of decline. Overall though, for the first five days, the figures for The Book of Boba Fett will please Disney and LucasFilm and set up a big return for The Mandalorian soon.

The Book of Boba Fett Seemed to Lose Its Way in Its Final Episodes

Although The Book of Boba Fett was always unofficially called The Mandalorian Season 2.5, there were few people who expected the show to feature a full episode catching up with Din Djarin towards the end of the run, and by the time the finale aired, several critics suggested the show had plowed too deep into fan service.

Boba Fett has been a firm fan-favorite character since the original Star Wars trilogy, but his assumed death during Return of the Jedi seemed to have condemned the bounty hunter to join the likes of Jabba The Hutt as a character that would not be seen again in any great capacity. However, The Book of Boba Fett provided its subject an escape from death worthy of a 1940s cliffhanger serial and explained how Boba had been able to return to screens in the second season of The Mandalorian.

While all eyes will now return to the story of Din Djarin and The Child in the third season of The Mandalorian, which like its predecessors, is expected to arrive on Disney+ in November this year. Filming on the new series began in October 2021 and is thought to be nearing completion, which will then give Jon Favreau and his team a finite amount of time to complete the hefty amount of post-production work on the show. Robert Rodriguez says he has no problems talking up The Book of Boba Fett because it’s confident the Star Wars series will be pumped when they see it.

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Here’s What to Expect From the Firefly Reboot From Disney+

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Firefly was canceled too soon. Released in 2002, the series took place in the year 2517. Classified as a space Western drama, the series saw the ensemble cast (lead by Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Alan Tudyk) traveling on the spaceship Serenity in search of new adventures.

It was an undoubtedly popular series, garnering up to 4.7 million viewers per episode. Astonishingly, however, Firefly was canceled before it finished its first season. Only 11 of the 14 planned episodes were released, leaving the dedicated fans of the show devastated. Petitions, fundraisers, and online forums were created in attempts to save the show from being canceled forever, but these efforts were ultimately in vain.

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However, Disney plans to reboot the series as an exclusive for its streaming platform Disney+. Disney had acquired the rights to the franchise after their 2018 acquisition of Fox. Firefly seems like the perfect option to diversify their current line-up for streaming. Here’s what to expect from the reboot.

Updated February 14, 2022, by Will Sayre: If you’re looking for more information regarding who’s involved in the potential Firefly reboot, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve updated this article with more details.

New revelations recently surfaced about Joss Whedon’s past behavior on set of the original series, specifically involving a writer who then came forward anonymously in an interview.

The Rebooted Firefly Will Have a New Story

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The original Firefly series on Fox was intended for mature audiences. Inara, for example, is explicitly known to be a courtesan on the show. There are also political, social, and economic factors that interrogate the morals and ethics of the characters’ world and society. Disney has not confirmed anything about the plot, but there is speculation on how the story will differ. Some routes include picking up right where the series left off and delving into the past of Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) who fought in the civil war against the Alliance. However, it is most likely that Disney will restart the entire series on a more family-friendly note. While Disney achieved a new “first” in Eternals by featuring the first openly gay character and first real sex scene, it’s unlikely that Firefly will do the same. Instead, they might opt for a narrative that would appeal to a more general audience on its streaming platform.


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Joss Whedon Will Not Be Involved

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Since Firefly was his vision and dream, many wondered whether Joss Whedon would return for the reboot. While Whedon isn’t a stranger to creating television properties — Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a much-beloved series to this day — it seems that the allegations of workplace harassment against him might be the reason he won’t be returning. Indeed, WarnerMedia conducted an investigation, resulting in swift action from the studio. Whedon then exited the HBO Max series The Nevers, and it’s safe to assume that producers, especially Disney, are cautious about working with him. He has not directed any television shows or movies since leaving The Nevers.


In January 2022, an interview was shared on Vulture featuring an anonymous writer who worked on Firefly, recalling a time when Whedon belittled another writer in front of several staff members. According to the writer, Whedon felt the script presented to him wasn’t up to par, and rather than addressing this with the writer privately, Whedon brought together the entire writing staff.

“It was basically 90 minutes of vicious mockery,” the writer said. “Joss pretended to have a slide projector, and he read her dialogue out loud and pretended he was giving a lecture on terrible writing as he went through the ‘slides’ and made funny voices — funny for him. The guys were looking down at their pages, and this woman was fighting tears the entire time. I’ve had my share of shitty showrunners, but the intent to hurt — that’s the thing that stands out for me now.”


More Details Are Coming

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Disney has largely kept quiet about the Firefly reboot, but they are planning to create the series. Because of the lack of official information, a release date, cast, and specific details haven’t been confirmed. There are several routes that Disney could spin the plot, and while it is unlikely that the original cast will reprise their roles, perhaps there’s a chance that some actors could make a guest appearance.

Firefly has a dedicated fanbase, one that might not be too pleased if Disney changes the tone and plot to be more accessible for younger audiences. However, with Whedon no longer being a part of the decisions, it seems highly unlikely that this will be a continuation of the original story. That said, with the current slate of successful original shows that Disney+ has created so far, there’s hope that the original magic created in 2002 will translate after all this time.



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