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Outlander boss addresses potential of post-season 8 film

The show is set to end with season eight

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander
Nicky Morris
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Outlander boss Maril Davis has addressed the possibility of a post-season eight movie while attending the season seven premiere at New York City's Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend. 

When asked by a fan about the potential of a film after the show's eighth and final season, the executive producer left the door open. 

sam heughan and caitriona balfe pose together tribeca film festival© Getty
Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe at the Tribeca Film Festival

She joked: "It depends if we keep everyone alive. Just kidding, we would never do that to you Diana," gesturing to Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the book series upon which the drama is based. 

According to Newsweek, Sophie Skelton, who plays Brianna Fraser, added: "For any show to even get to seven seasons is incredible, to have kept the loyal fans, we are so appreciative."

Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin posed for photos at the Tribeca Film Festival© Getty
Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin posed for photos at the festival

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The show's stars, Caitríona Balfe and Sam Heugan, who play Claire and Jamie Fraser, recently shared their reactions to the show ending after eight seasons. 

Appearing as guests on Good Morning America on Tuesday to chat about the upcoming season, which arrives on June 16, Caitríona said wrapping filming on the show would be "such a bittersweet moment".

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"I think all things have to come to an end but it's going to be really hard to say goodbye to this show," she said. 

Sam Heughan in season seven
The show's executive producer addressed the possibility of a film

Meanwhile, Sam revealed the one souvenir he'll be taking from the set after eight seasons. "I am definitely going to keep, I mean I love all of Jamie's weapons, but I love his boots," he said. "His boots are the thing that I feel like I'm Jamie when I put them on."

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Filming for the final season is set to kick off in a few months' time and will see Caitríona step behind the camera as a director. 

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser
Caitriona will be stepping behind the camera as director in season eight

Chatting about the new opportunity, the Irish actress said: "I feel really fortunate to have been given the opportunity on the show. We've been on it now for almost ten years so it felt like the perfect place to try something new.

"I've already been doing a little bit of second unit this season and gotten to direct Sophie [Skelton] and John Bell, but not this man yet," she said, gesturing to her co-star," who quipped: "Just so you know, I do everything in one take."

Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton in season seven
Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton in the upcoming seventh season

While fans will be sad to see the end of the show, they can look forward to a spin-off prequel called Outlander: Blood of My Blood

The upcoming series will follow the relationship between Jamie's parents, Brian and Ellen, and will consist of ten episodes. 

The series will "explore what lengths a person will go to find love in a time when love is considered a luxury, and when marriages are made strategically, often for political or financial gain," according to the synopsis.

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe in season seven
Fans can expect a prequel series to be released in the future

"The title is a nod to Jamie Fraser's marriage vow to Claire and there will be several names and faces that 'Outlander' fans will know and recognise. Jamie and Claire's TV story may be coming to an end with Season Eight, but Diana is continuing on with their literary journey in her wonderful book series and is working diligently on Book Ten."

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