Starting May 27, 2019 anyone with a Netflix account will be able to watch seasons 1 & 2 of Outlander. Exciting news for Netflix subscribers but what does this mean for the future of Outlander.
It could mean a couple of things. First, Starz is putting their product out for the masses to bring in more viewers. This is something AMC did with Breaking Bad after it's second season to gain more viewers and it worked. Like Outlander, Breaking Bad was bringing in about a million viewers per episode before hitting Netflix. Season three brought in 10 million plus viewers. So it is possible Starz is looking to gain viewers with this unprecedented release of their content.
Second, they are looking for a new home for Outlander's future. This is one I don't like to think about but should Starz not being willing to commit to more Outlander after the sixth season it is possible they are looking to get Netflix to buy it. I'm hoping Outlander's future is that up in the air but should Netflix buy we all know they are willing to put money into shows. Netflix would be a good home to Outlander but I'm also unwilling to hope for the senario in case Netflix is only in the business of air previously made episodes.
Let's all hope for the best and get everyone who isn't willing to buy into Starz now to watch Outlander on Netflix. Pass the word along.
If you head over to Amazon you will see they've set the release of all versions of Outlander season 4 for May 28, 2019. I haven't seen a formal announcement of this fact but Amazon is usually pretty reliable with their information. Consider this, they are already taking pre-orders which heavily implies this is the actual release date for season 4.
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Honestly, I had no idea what this could mean with the story broke that Starz CEO Chris Albrecht would be stepping down. Albrecht is the reason for the programming currently on Starz and one of the first decisions he made was to get into business with Ronald D. Moore and that is how Outlander was born on Starz.
Lionsgate acquired Starz back in 2016. Lionsgate was after a platform for their content which includes The Hunger Game Series, The Twilight Saga, and Orange Is the New Black. From the gist of Outlander Cast's article it seems the decision to oust Albrecht is really about having control over programming. And it seems Lionsgate isn't keen on things they don't own and as we know Sony owns Outlander.
Does this mean we could lose Outlander? Blake over at Outlander Cast is sure we'll get Season 5 since production has started and we might even get Season 6 because it was promised but they might not be interested in giving us additional Outlander if it isn't a show Lionsgate owns.
This is just a very condensed version of the Outlander Cast article and I highly recommend you go over and read it or listen to their podcast episode about this fiasco.
There are a lot of things that can be assumed about the next season of Outlander but here are a few reminders of things that we know we will be seeing. If you aren't at all worried about spoilers there is a box you can click on to get the book related "things we know" but otherwise I recommend show fan stay away from the spoilers.
1. It is likely going to be based on the fifth book of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series called The Fiery Cross. Of course, we are unsure if we'll get the entire book or part of the book. You may not know this but this is the longest book of the first 5 by nearly 400 pages so it stands to reason we will not be seeing the entire book. Also, the PTBs (powers that be - ie our executive producers) have mentioned it might be easier to break up the books a little. I'm rather keen on this idea as I think it would make things feel less rushed.
2. Both season 5 and 6 will have only 12 episodes each. Season 1 had 16 and 2 through 4 had 13. However, standard season on premium channels tend to be 10 or 12. Outlander has been an exception. Losing an episode does support them taking on portions of book rather than the whole.
US Outlander fans. Starz will be showing a marathon of all 13 episodes Season 4 starting January 27 at 8am and ending with the season finale.
Spread the word.
[Warning: the following story contains spoilers from Sunday's Outlander, "Savages."]
Outlander hosted a very welcome reunion in Sunday's episode in yet another major departure from the books.
Going into the season, fans already knew that the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn would eventually see the return of fan-favorite character Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Jamie's (Sam Heughan) godfather, as executive producer Ron Moore previously saved him from his book fate of dying at the Battle of Culloden. But when he would pop back up in the story was a mystery.
His change of fate had already been revealed last season when he was reunited with Jamie once at Ardsmuir prison, but his story was once again left up in the air when Jamie was sent to Helwater and Murtagh was shipped "to the colonies." Sunday's installment, "Savages," revealed that Murtagh ended up in the same place as Jamie when a chance encounter with Young Ian (John Bell) led the two long-lost friends to reunite.
Canadians, you've probably already seen it. We all know that when a channel doesn't give us the show we want we find other ways to watch it. Plus I'm pretty sure fan would just buy the season outright. But for those of you still waiting for Season 3; the end to your wait is insight.
Outlander is coming to Netflix on August 10. That gives you plenty of time to watch it before Season 4 comes along... hopefully you don't have to wait to watch it though I'm thinking those other methods will come in handy.
Just give us all the show together, Starz!
Terry Dresbach, the Emmy nominated costume designer who oversaw the costume department on the Outlander set, announced on Twitter she will be stepping down from the show after season four.
Book fans; I don't know, if like me, you were disappointed in Season One with the shows take on Claire's ring from Jamie. In the books it is an intricate design of Scottish thistles on a band with an engraving on the inside (Da Mi Basia Mille).
The show producers had a point. Where would Jamie get such a thing at Leoch in the 1740s? If they'd been in France one could see him popping down to a jewelry maker and getting a lovely piece such as this but at Leoch? I suppose that was some of the magic in the book but I got their point even if I didn't like the look of the ring they gave us (I did like that it was made from the king to Lallybroch).
But we could see a change in the ring in the future....
Now that we are all happy to have Season 5 & 6 in our future, we need to look at the other bit of information Starz gave us. Namely the episode number. According to the contracts for 5 & 6 they have a total of 24 episodes for these season which means 12 episodes a season. What does that mean going forward?
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