'Outlander' season 5 and 6: Delayed renewal responsible for 'Droughtlander' but look forward to back to back bountiful seasons

Even though the renewal came before the season 4 premiere, the early renewal was still not early enough. So, here we are, facing droughtlander again.


                            'Outlander' season 5 and 6: Delayed renewal responsible for 'Droughtlander' but look forward to back to back bountiful seasons

The only thing worse than a 'droughtlander' for 'Outlander' fans is a prolonged 'droughtlander,' and this year happens to be one. With season 4 finale wrapping up January 27, fans have been on the lookout for any news that pops up about the show, be it filming or the DVD bonus scenes coming out this May.

'Droughtlander' tends lasts for a year or less, but this year, the speculation is that season 5 will come out late, which means early 2020. Fans may point out the renewal for season 5 came way early, even before season 4's premiere, then why is there a delay?

Caitriona Balfe attends ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Caitriona Balfe attends ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

The answer to it was given by Caitriona Balfe, who plays the time-traveling lass, Claire Fraser, in Starz's hit show. In her recent interview, she explained that though the renewal was early, it was not early enough. "The pickup came later than we would have needed to have a tighter gap between seasons," the model-turned-actress said.

Starz had so far tried their best and Sony TV’s co-president Chris Parnell stated back in 2017 that the series hoped to avoid another "droughtlander" when the gap between season 2 and 3 was for over a year. Now that it is happening again and fans are extremely disappointed, but guess what, the good news is the series was renewed for two seasons at a go. Balfe mentioned in the same interview that renewing season 5 and 6 brought security and has allowed the writers room to let the story "breathe," which means we will be getting expanded storylines. 



 

Another reason why we are bound to face a longer 'droughtlander' is the fact the filming hasn't started yet, though Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, confirmed on Instagram the date for filming has been fixed. It is speculated to start this month, but then again, the weather is an issue when filming in Scotland.

So, until and unless the setting looks good and production kicks in, we cannot say for sure when the cult-favorite show will be back. Balfe stated it takes about eight days to film an episode, depending on the weather and set.

So, it is the delayed renewal which is mostly to be blamed for the delayed production and delayed premiere because fans believe, had the renewal come in early, then filming could have taken place in the summer. At the same time, two seasons getting renewed at once assures us that though this 'droughtlander' is long, the gap between season 5 and 6 will be short and there's comfort in that thought, if not anything else.



 

The upcoming season 5 will revolve around the theme of family while exploring the family dynamics. A lot has to be sorted between Jamie and Roger MacKenzie, as well as Murtagh Fitzgibbon's fate as Jamie has been ordered to kill his godfather.