The first three seasons of Outlander on Starz were a wild ride involving time travel, romance, sex scenes, heartbreak, war, heartbreak, Scottish history, and more heartbreak. Unfortunately for fans, the hiatus between Seasons 2 and 3 was so long that it became known as the "Droughtlander." More than a year passed between the Season 2 finale and the Season 3 premiere, and not a whole lot was known for a long time. Luckily, we probably won't have such a significant wait this time around, and some information about what's to come has already been released. Read on for a breakdown of what we know so far about Outlander Season 4 to tide you over while we wait!
When Will Season 4 Premiere?
No premiere date has been announced at this point, but we can expect Outlander Season 4 to hit the airwaves sometime before the end of the year. A release date of 2018 was shared way back when the Season 3 finale aired, and we have no reason to believe that it's changed. In fact, it's safe to say that the odds are in favor of a fall release for Season 4. Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore revealed to EW back in 2017 that the plan was to release new seasons of the show in the fall each year. Season 3 hit the airwaves in September 2017; perhaps Season 4 will debut in September 2018. A September release would mean a reasonable hiatus rather than Droughtlander 2.0.
What Have We Seen So Far?
Starz was kind enough to follow the Season 3 finale up immediately with a first look at Season 4. The quick video revealed Claire and Jamie sitting together, pondering their future in a whole new world filled with new opportunities. Claire was able to use her knowledge of history to fill Jamie in on some of the particulars of their era, and both seemed surprisingly optimistic, given that they were seemingly hanging out on the ground in a forest.
You won't be able to find the scene online, but you can check out the post-Season 3 finale sneak peek below:
The scene from Season 4 released back in January on Starz after an Outlander marathon. Although it was not made available online, it did paint a picture of the kind of trouble Jamie and Claire will get themselves into in the fourth season. Unsurprisingly, they're in a sticky situation involving a dark road, British officers, and a dead body. Will they never catch a break?
How Many Episodes Are We Getting?
No announcement regarding the number of episodes that will air in Season 4 has been made at this point. That said, we can make an educated guess about how many episodes we'll get in the new season. Both Seasons 2 and 3 ran for 13 episodes on Starz; the odds are quite good that Season 4 will also run for 13 episodes. Given Ronald Moore's apparent desire to release new seasons in the fall of each year, it would make sense for the seasons to run for about the same number of episodes.