Without a script, there is no show — and for Outlander, that statement could be read in many different ways. Without the work of Diana Gabaldon, there would be no pathway for the writers to bring these stories to our TV screens widening the net for people to find out about this incredible series. Meanwhile, without the writers and what they bring to the table, there’d be no adaptation for the cast and crew to film. It’s a collaboration (one that our CarterMatt co-owner Jessica’s cousin is part of as a writer for season 5) where many steps need to be taken, but we know now that quite a few of them are! Season 5 is currently in production — today is actually the third day of it!
If you haven’t seen yet, we highly recommend checking out our piece outlining some of what we learned from day one … Sam Heughan was a very generous social-media guide for what was a very eventful first day back at work!
Anyhow, let’s get back now to the writing, as executive producer Matthew B. Roberts has revealed that he is responsible for writing the premiere episode. There may be some scenes being filmed for this now, though note that Outlander doesn’t often film every single part of its story in order. Instead, they film more in “blocks” — batches of episodes that are often worked on concurrently. If Roberts’ episode isn’t being worked on right now, it will be soon enough.
Roberts is one of the primary executive producers behind the scenes at this point on the show, and he and Toni Graphia are responsible for writing a number of the most important episodes. Typically, the most prominent writers/showrunners are responsible for writing the premieres and finales, mostly because they want to help either set the tone for a season or close things out in a way that feels appropriate. It’s also a way for them to make the largest stamp that they can. Roberts co-wrote the season 4 premiere “America the Beautiful” for last season, and then also co-wrote “The Birds & The Bees” — otherwise known as the fantastic Jamie – Brianna meeting episode. He knows how to navigate some of the most powerful moments within this show.
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For those wondering, Ronald D. Moore is still very much involved with this show, even though he is not writing individual episodes as he once did. The last time that he did that was back in the season 3 premiere — he’s now busy juggling a number of different projects, including a new one for Apple’s streaming service. Roberts and Graphia have both been a part of Outlander from the very first season, so this is hardly a situation where some of the most important material is being handed over to other people. These two know this show and these characters backwards and forwards, and constantly put their all into trying to make the series perfect. It’s not an easy show to work on because the expectations are so stratospheric, but they’ve created some beautiful moments within this world and you have to hope that many more are coming down the line.
What are you the most excited to see in regards to the Outlander season 5 premiere?
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