The 'Outlander' Season 6 Premiere Title Is "Echoes" — But What Does That Mean For The Characters?

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The 'Outlander' Season 6 Premiere Title Is "Echoes" — But What Does That Mean For The Characters?

While Outlander fans may have been able to predict how previous seasons would begin (Brianna and Roger's wedding, anyone?), the Season 6 premiere is far more up in the air. Along with the news that the new seasons is officially in production came the tasty morsel of Outlander Season 6's first episode's title, "Echoes." And while the default reaction may be to think that it has to do with Diana Gabaldon's seventh book in the series, An Echo in the Bone, showrunner Matthew B. Roberts told that's not the case. So what does "Echoes" mean? I spoke with Tracey Randinelli and Carol Stark of My Outlander Purgatory to examine the possibilities.

"When you see the first episode, the title will speak for itself," Roberts told, also saying "Echoes" wasn't initially the title and acknowledged that people are going to assume the Echo in the Bone connection ("... I know people are going to leap all over that"). "Each character will be dealing with something from their past and it will help us tell stories going forward," he said.

With that in mind, here's what these "echoes" could be for each of the main characters in the Season 6 premiere. Slight spoilers ahead for the Outlander book series.


Claire's echo is perhaps most obviously based on the kidnapping and rape she experienced in the Season 5 finale, "Never My Love." For all the criticism one can launch at the Outlander universe for the pervasiveness of rape in its storytelling, the show has taken pains to highlight that trauma does not go away in a single episode. So while Claire's final word in Season 5 may have been, "Safe," the aftermath of the assault on her psychological health will need to be addressed.

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