We’ve made it clear a few times over at this point that Outlander is worthy of some Emmy love for season 3 — then again, we’ve said the same thing in the past. The lack of love in some major acting categories for this show remains quite distressing, as does the fact that many experts are considering the show and its cast to be underdogs this year yet again. We do think there are chances for the series, Sam Heughan, and Caitriona Balfe, but we’re also not oblivious to the fact that this is one of the most competitive eras in the entire history of television. At this point, things are arguably more competitive than they have ever been.
Yet, is there an even better chance at some nominations for season 4 than there is for season 3? In some ways, it’s easy to make the case for that for a few different reasons.
Potential competition – The field will be a little bit different next year. Depending on when the final season premieres, Game of Thrones may not be around. The same goes for Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale. The Americans is over, so it is for sure out of contention now. With some of television’s biggest hits ineligible, there may be more spots free for a show like Outlander to finally get more of the recognition that they deserves. (Granted, there are some other shows premiering, but few have the platform of a Game of Thrones or a Westworld that instantly draws attention.)
More categories – While Balfe and Heughan will still be in contention, moving forward there may be more opportunities for supporting actors like Richard Rankin and Sophie Skelton. Both are hurt somewhat for season 3 by fairly limited screen time, especially since they were both out of the picture by episode 5. Being around for the bulk of a season should help each of them get more consideration.
Timing – It may sound silly, but shows that air closer to Emmy voting often have better odds. Given that Outlander is premiering this year in November, that may help it for both the Golden Globes and the Emmys … though granted, it didn’t help season 2 much to air in the months leading up to nominations.
Of course, the biggest reason why it’s hard to project too far in advance for season 4 is simply due to the fact that no one has seen the episodes yet! If they manage to up the ante from season 3 in every way, it’s possible that they may get some nominations regardless of competition or when they premiere. What we know is simply this: It is becoming increasingly unfortunate that Outlander isn’t getting any love and if it gets snubbed again this year, we’d like to see it changed in the future.
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