The following will contain NO spoilers for the upcoming season though it might have a few for Seasons 1-3 if you've not watched them.
Droughtlander seems dry and long even if it isn't quite as long as it has been in the past. So I thought I'd remind everyone what we do know about the upcoming season of Outlander.
When Will Season 4 Premiere?
There has been no premiere date set as of yet but considering production of Season 4 started directly after Season 3 (in some cases at the same time) then it is safe to say we aren't looking at an 18 month droughtlander. In fact, it is highly likely we are going to be looking at a fall release for Season 4 because show-runner Ron Moore told EW back in 2017 that they hoped to have new seasons every fall.
How many EPISODES in Season 4?
I've seen many different reports on this. Some people are reporting 10 and I have no idea where they are getting their information. I'm pretty sure they've (show-runners) stated numerous times that there will always be 13 unless for some reason they are green-lighted for more like they had in Season 1. So expect 13 episodes.
How many seasons are left?
Honestly, this depends on the fans. If we keep growing like we have every year then they will more than likely make it through the entire book series (there are going to be 10 books at least). And depending on whether or not they split books there could be more. Right now they've only been renewed through Season 4 but show-runners are confident that Season 5 will be approved as talks aren't about whether or not to do it but how things will be done.
Will there be new characters this season?
It is safe to say there will be new characters every season. Past seasons have had dramatic changes to setting which required a lot of new cast members. However, future books take place in the same general locations of the US Colonies of the late 1700s so while we are going to see a lot of new faces that may be sticking around for future seasons. But we'll definitely be getting some new characters along the way.
Now as to the new characters we know of some. Jocasta Cameron who is Jamie's aunt and will be played by Maria Doyle Kennedy. Then there will be an Irish pirate/smuggler named Stephen Bonnet played by Ed Speelers. Then there is Colin McFarland who will be playing Ulysses the butler and slave of Jocasta Cameron. Yes, slave. Unfortunately the US had slavery in the 1700s so we are going to see it.
Craig McGinlay will be portraying Andrew MacNeil who is another plantation owner (Jocasta owns one). Ainsley Jordan will be playing Judith Wylie the sister of Philip Wylie (which means someone will be playing Philip) and Tim Downie will be portraying the historical figure of Governor William Tryon.
And in case you missed it there will be a canine cast member (or multiples) playing Young Ian's dog Rollo.
What about past characters?
Clearly Jamie and Claire aren't going anywhere. But what about Roger and Brianna? Both will be in Season 4 and have their own storyline which is pretty great just so you know.
Young Ian, Fergus, and Marsali were all on the Artemis which seemed to be having trouble in that hurricane everyone got caught in. We have not idea if the Artemis sank or washed up. We know there are survivors but we don't know who. I will tell you that having set out to rescue Young Ian, and investing so much time in Marsali and Fergus it does seem unlikely they would have perished so I think will see them too.
What about Jenny and Ian? Well, our heroes are in the Colonies and the Murrays are in Scotland so I don't know how much of them we'll see but I'm hoping we'll get some of them.
Murtagh was alive last season and was transported to the Colonies! YEP! I'm truly hoping he'll be back for the future season and since some of the BTS photos show him on set I'm going to say Murtagh will be back. *fingers crossed*
As to Lord John Grey. I don't know if we'll see him again this coming season but he should show up again because Jamie and he are friends.
What time period will we be in?
Well it was fall 1766 when Claire arrived in the past to find Jamie. They then went to Lallybroch but left before Christmas. It took them several months to cross the Atlantic and more time to find Young Ian and be shipwrecked. So I would think it is Winter or Spring of 1767 when we see them again.
As to Roger and Bree it is going to be around 1969 to 1970 when we encounter them again.
This means we will be time jumping again.
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