Why an Outlander season 5 renewal needs to happen early; other odds & ends

Watch the Outlander season 3 premiereHopefully later on today we’ll be back with another Outlander photo preview, but for now there are a few assorted topics to get into.

We know that the enthusiasm is out there for an Outlander season 5 renewal — heck, we’ve heard some people even clamoring for a season 6! (We’d be shocked here at CarterMatt to see that one come about so early, but anything’s possible in theory.) The season 5 renewal is going to happen — we don’t have any doubt of that — the larger question just has to do with figuring out the right timing for it.

Why does it need to be so early? We think that (indirectly) there is a good answer to this question via executive producer Toni Graphia, who noted on the Outlander writers’ recent Q&A with fans that a very big chunk of season 4 is already written — even though the show’s only about a month into production at the moment!

In order for the show to be successful, the writers need to be several months ahead of where the show is in production. This is why the writers room for season 4 opened up in the summer. When you think about that start date, and also the fact that Outlander is an adaptation and you need to give the writers months in advance to comb through the source material. There should really be a season 5 renewal by the spring if you don’t want anything to slow down and so the show can premiere in the fall. (There’s also location scouting and other parts of pre-production that need to be done in the summer so that filming can get underway.)

The process of bringing a season of Outlander to life takes almost a year and a half, which is much longer than other shows out there. So, if you’ve been wondering why we’ve been clamoring for a renewal by early next year, now you’ve got a little more insight on that!

Other Outlander news

For those wondering as to why the Jamie-flogging-Young Ian scene was not included on the show after being in the books, Graphia has a pretty reasonable answer for that. The focus for the show was to demonstrate Claire having an influence on Jamie — also, we feel like Young Ian got the point already.

While we understand why book purists may be upset over the omission, personally we rather liked it the way that it was. We’re not sure watching Jamie flog Young Ian really would’ve done anything for us as a viewer — there’s been plenty of other intense scenes on the show as-is.

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