It's tough to acknowledge this but 'Droughtlander' is the real deal. Good news is that 'Droughtlanders' these days are not as bad as it used to be. Remember the season 3 Droughtlander, when we were without 'Outlander' for over a year? Fans had very little to do. But it's 2019 now, a time when a crisis isn't as unmanageable as it used to be, cue, Netflix.
Earlier this week Netflix announced that 'Outlander' season 1 and 2 will be coming to the streaming giant on May 27, which means the show will be available to be binge-watched during off seasons. It may be only two seasons for now, but this is the first time Starz is letting a third party stream its content. This is actually good news for the long run as fans can hope more seasons will drop on the site.
BREAKING NEWS: Moms, prepare to fall in love. Seasons 1 & 2 of #Outlander are coming to Netflix on 5/27 (!!) pic.twitter.com/SfbH1TJYjS— Netflix Family (@netflixfamily) April 22, 2019
But there was one major problem. The announcement met with a lot of backlash as Netflix tweeted; "BREAKING NEWS: Moms, prepare to fall in love. Seasons 1 & 2 of #Outlander are coming to Netflix on 5/27 (!!)"
Fans quickly pointed out the sexist tone of the tweet and slammed Netflix for turning joyful news to a controversial one. "It’s amazing how you’ve managed to insult moms & everyone else who watches the show in a single tweet. Do better," a Twitter user wrote.
"This single, non-mother is an Outlander fan, and also watches it with her father when she goes home on vacation. Do better." another chimed.
However, the good news is still a piece of good news for fans. "It's a joke. It's poking fun at husbands who's wives love #Outlander but they don't get it, or are a little jealous of Jamie. Nothing more than that. Calm down people. Main point: #Outlander is coming to #Netflix !!!!" pointed another Twitter user.
Another reason why 2019 has been a comparatively soothing 'Droughtlander' is because Outlander actors, including Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, have been quite active when it comes to sharing BTS pictures.
Two months after 'Droughtlander' began, Caitriona Balfe, who plays Claire Fraser, posted a video on her Instagram teasing the sets and action of season 5. The video included the set from a bedroom, which fans believe is the new Fraser's Ridge, the new Fraser family home in colonial America. Hyping up her fans that filming has officially begun, she captioned; "And so it begins....... Season five (yep that’s one, two, three, four.. FIVE) prep time!!!!"
Prior to this, Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser, tweeted, teasing fans with a "Droughlander update." The 38-year-old actor wrote; "“#Droughtlander UPDATE. Have read several scripts for S5! You won’t be disappointed! Can’t wait to get started."
Fans were delighted with the news and responded to the tweet with various expressions of excitement.
Added to this, Heughan is pretty active on social media and he even answered fans' queries on the subject of season 5, giving away that production had started long before it was announced. As recently as April 13, the actor also shared BTS on Instagram stories. All these have helped keep Droughtlander at bay.
What's more is that DVD and Blu-Ray version of 'Outlander' season 4 which will be releasing next month, will feature four additional 'Outlander Untold' scenes. So if you think you've seen it all, you might have to double check.
Based on Diana Gabaldon's award-winning book series, you can always go back to reading the 'Outlander' series during Droughtlander. There are nine Outlander novels out there, so definitely there's something for you. If that is not enough, then the showrunners are always giving you something to look forward to. For example, take this first look picture released by Starz. Isn't this an assurance that Droughtlander, though unwanted, isn't as bad as it used to be.