Even though Starz hasn’t officially ordered it, Outlander Season 5 is already in production.
With Season 4 yet to reach the TV-screens, season 5’s productions have already started. At PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Sunday, producer Ronald D. Moore told TVGuide.com, “We are deep into planning for Outlander Season 5 even though it’s not officially picked up.”
But Starz is yet to renew the show for a fifth season, however, CEO Chris Albrecht revealed back in January that Season 5 and 6 are all but confirmed. “There are ten books, and we are having very productive conversations about the future of the show,” he said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
Moore is positive the series will return for a fifth season, telling Entertainment Weekly, “We are certainly going to do it. I have no doubt we are doing a season 5.”
Filming for season 4 is currently in the works, with the new episodes being expected to hit TVs across the world sometime in fall this year. It might seem a bit early to start production on the next season, but production designer Jon Gary Steele assures us that early planning is necessary.
“Normally, halfway through [the current season] we start researching and prepping [for the next season],” Steele told TVGuide.com. “But we’re so busy this year [with Season 4], it’s really a big year. It’s my biggest build so far. It’s huge. It might be the best-looking year of all.”
Currently, the show follows a book a season, although Moore hints that it might change in the future. “Every year we approach it fresh. Should we keep it a book a season? We’ve done that up until now,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But we’ve talked about splitting books, and we’ve talked about combining them. We want to be free in the writers’ room to pick and choose and do what feels most comfortable that year.”
Outlander season 5 will likely be partially based on Diana Gabaldon’s fifth book in the Outlander series, The Fiery Cross.