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.
TV Fans, if you think about season 4 there are a lot of story lines which were left hanging. Here are just a few story lines PTBs (powers that be, ie writers and producers) need to address early on in season 5.
1. Are Roger and Brianna still married? They hand-fasted which is for a year and a day. Roger was gone the entirety of Brianna's pregnancy and then the wee one was 2 months old, the day before Roger returned. This means Roger and Bree have another month on their hand-fast. Will they marry? I mean we assume right? So do we get another wedding? PLEASE!
2. Roger and Brianna have this little boy now. What is his name? Bree waited for Roger before she gave the baby a name so what will it be? And will it be addressed immediately in the season premiere? I truly hope so because that child needs a name.
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?
Last week, news broke that Outlander was renewed for an additional 2 seasons meaning not only will we be getting the promised Season 4 but 5 & 6 as well.
But word is that Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan will be taking a slightly longer, and much deserved, break than usual before returning to Season 5. According to Caitriona, they'll be getting about 7 months off which sounds like it will mean a bigger droughtlander after Season 4.
While, none of the fans want a massive droughlander, I think most of us can concede that Cait and Sam deserve the time off to rest or even to work on other projects which will help further their careers. After all if they can't do other work, will they want to keep renewing their contracts on Outlander?
We have renewal people! Starz confirmed on their twitter account not only the renewal of Season 5 but Season 6 as well. Book fans will know that if they continue down this path of a book a season that will take us into A Breath of Snow and Ashes. However, Ron Moore has mused that they are considering splitting books up just to be able to really get into the action of what is to come in the series.
But their tweet has another unexpected bit of news. They announced that they didn't want to wait until Season 4 started in November to tell us about the renewal of 5 & 6. Or was that their sneaky way of telling us that September just isn't an option but hey you are going to get an additional 2 seasons!
Either way. I'm actually happy. I'd rather Outlander not start with all the fall shows as it makes life very overwhelming. But then having Outlander on during Thanksgiving and Christmas is also a bit overwhelming but also really great gifts from Starz. I'll take it.
Despite there being no official renewal, the producers have already begun the process of developing Season 5. Ron Moore told PaleyFest goers last weekend that the Outlander team has already started planning Season 5 and are deep into pre-production.
This is good news that will go a long way to preventing a very long droughtlander between Seasons 4 & 5 because everyone is positive Outlander will be sticking around for years to come.
I'm a firm believer that Outlander is going to be renewed for many season to come because Outlander has put Starz on the map when it comes to programming. To top that it has been Starz's highest (or one of them) shows to date.
And to prove Outlander is popular check out the news about the DVD & Blu-ray boxset which was immediately an Amazon bestseller on the day of its release and has stayed on the bestseller list at Amazon.
If that weren't enough as of right now the DVD is #5 on this list and the Blu-Ray is #20 and everything around them in that Top 20 are movies. Not a single other in the Top 20 is a TV show.
So maybe the HUGE popularity Outlander is gaining is the reason Starz and Sony are still trying to negotiate Season 5 terms. Part of me hopes they are arguing for more episodes.
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