What We Know About The Outlander Prequel Series

"Outlander" is one of the steamiest and most captivating shows on television. The Starz show, which is based on the book series by author Diana Gabaldon, follows the epic love story of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a British Army nurse in World War II, and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), whose love transcends time. Following the events of WWII, Claire and her husband Frank take a second honeymoon to Scotland, where their lives are changed forever when Claire is transported to 1743. She's forced to do whatever she can to survive, which includes marrying Jamie for protection. While her goal is to return to her own time, Claire falls head over heels for Jamie and their passionate love story begins, per Rotten Tomatoes.

Fans have grown to love "Outlander," and highly anticipate the release of each new season to see what's next in the lives of Claire and Jamie, who are not only living through some of history's biggest moments but, at times, are trying to alter them as well. Fans have become so invested in the show that Starz is now looking to add to the "Outlander" universe by creating a spin-off series (via AV Club), and viewers are likely to go wild over the news.

The Outlander universe is reportedly growing

According to Variety, there is an "Outlander" prequel in the works by Starz. The show, which has captured the hearts of many fans, will reportedly add to the universe by telling a new story of a time before Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser met. "Outlander" executive producer and showrunner Matthew B. Roberts will reportedly write and executive produce the prequel series, while Ronald D. Moore, who developed the original series for television, will also be an executive producer on the show.

Currently, the network is staying quiet about their plans for an "Outlander" prequel. However, fans have an idea about what the show could focus on. "Outlander" author Diana Gabaldon recently told fans via Facebook that she's working on a prequel novel about Jamie Fraser's parents, Ellen MacKenzie and Brian Fraser. This means that the new show could focus on their life together. Previously, Gabaldon also published the prequel "Virgins" which focused on a young Jamie and Ian Murray in 1740s France. So, either idea could be an option for the new series.

News of the prequel series came just days before the debut of "Outlander" Season 6, which will consist of just eight episodes. However, the show has also been renewed for a seventh season, which will feature 16 episodes. So, it seems that "Outlander" fans have a lot to look forward to.