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It was a good morning for lovers of kilns, knitwear and time-travel, because “outlanderFans descended on the Javits Center in New York City to catch a glimpse of the show’s upcoming sixth season.

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In one of the most anticipated panels of this year’s New York Comic Con – the biggest comic convention to return to live format since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – executive producer Maryl Davis, “Outlander” series writer Diana Gabaldon and star saw. Sam Hughan take the stage, joined remotely by actors Caitriona Balfe, Lauren Lyle, Cesar Domboy and John Bell.

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And after an entertaining teaser trailer (which you can watch in full above), the cast and crew answered questions from “Entertainment Weekly” moderator Ruth Kinane and fans in the audience. Asked to use one word to describe the upcoming season (which falls in early 2022), the cast substituted “painful,” “cathartic,” “healing” and “intimate” among other words. Chosen.

And while those words were meant to be applied to the events of the story in this context, it seems as though the filming process itself was very engaging and intense.

“We really bonded,” said Balfe, who plays Claire Fraser, a time-traveling surgeon with experience filming during a pandemic. Davis said his set remained “Covid-free” throughout the shoot, a comment that met with enthusiasm and applause from the crowd.

Davis also took the time to acknowledge the powerful contribution of the crew, which he described as worthy of much respect and support – comments meant to acknowledge the imminent strike authorized Monday by members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (or IATSE). Was. .

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Davis was not alone in praising his peers and co-workers. Heughan, who plays Claire’s Scots husband Jamie Fraser, also singles out his on-screen wife, celebrating her strength in navigating such an intense, trying season while pregnant. Balfe announced on August 18 that she would give birth to her first child with husband Tony McGill.

And Balfe, in turn, shared her admiration for costume designer Trisha Bigger, whom she credits with helping to hide her changing shape as filming progresses. (This is well deserved praise – when would someone give Bigger an Emmy?!)

What fans can expect from the story in Season 6: The only word needed is “drama.” Without spoiling what’s to come, the actors tease a troubled relationship between Fergus (Domboy) and his whiskey stash, the arrival of a new family on Fraser Ridge that will bring hard-fought peace and of course the impending Revolutionary War. interrupts.

“I was going to say ‘sharp,'” Heughan joked, adding that Davis’ description — “painful” — was even more appropriate.

Based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of the same name, “Outlander” premiered on Starz in 2014, quickly becoming one of the cable network’s biggest hits. The fifth season, which ended in May 2020, can be watched with a Starz subscription, while the first four seasons are streaming through both Starz and Netflix.

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About the AuthorAllison Shoemaker is a Chicago-based pop-culture critic and journalist. she is the author of “How TV can make you smartand is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association. She is also a producer and co-host for the Podlander Presents network of podcasts. Find her here Twitter And instagram On @allisonshoe. Allison is a Tomatometer-approved top critic on Rotten Tomatoes.