Outlander fans rejoice! Starz just bought two more seasons of the hit fantasy drama, ensuring that we’ll see more of Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) for years to come. With production for Season 4 still underway, when will the cast and crew start filming Season 5 and 6?
Starz has not released a lot of details about the new seasons of Outlander. We do know that Season 5 will be based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel, The Fiery Cross, and that Season 6 will be adapted from A Breath of Snow and Ashes.
Starz president Chris Albrecht confirmed the news in a special statement this week, saying, “Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges, adversaries, and adventures in seasons five and six…”
Albrecht did not say when production for Season 5 would begin. The cast and crew are currently in Scotland working on Season 4 and are expected to continue for a few more months. The series is set to return to Starz this fall, and, according to Carter Matt, it is possible that production for Season 5 will begin around the same time as the premiere.
Outlander has been consistent with filming in the fall and producers have teased that they want to get a jumpstart on Season 5 as soon as Season 4 is a wrap.
That said, it is fairly normal for TV series to take a break at some point. Hit shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Westworld have all gone through extended breaks in-between seasons. It is possible that Outlander follows this pattern and gives the cast and crew a rest before starting production on Season 5 or 6.
Either way, it is exciting to know that Outlander isn’t going away anytime soon, and the show will live on through Season 6.
Gabaldon has written 9 books in the Outlander series, not including a number of different companion guides and a spin-off featuring Lord John Grey. The author is currently working on the 9th book in the series and has plans for more.
We do not know if producers plan on adapting one book per season for all of them, but there is plenty of source material to keep the show going for well beyond Season 6.
Until we learn information, fans can expect Droughtlander to end when Outlander returns to Starz this November.