Why is Starz withholding Outlander Season 5 until 2020? That is the question on many fans’ minds as they have learned when to expect their favorite show back. Outlander ended its fourth season in January of this year. Having a 2020 premiere date for Season 5 means at least a year wait between the Season 4 finale and the Season 5 premiere.
What is the reason behind this latest Droughtlander? Starz’ Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey A. Hirsch, explained the reasoning behind the wait, which entails scheduling. Speaking on Outlander’s 2020 premiere date, Hirsch told reporters at the TCA tour (via EW):
Everything we do is based on delivery, trying to have something on the air to serve that premium female audience. We have some shows coming before like Power that serve the general market. It’s more about scheduling around that digital experience.
News of an "early" 2020 premiere date for Outlander Season 5 means that fans will have had to be without their favorite characters for a while. A year-long interval between seasons has been pretty regular, since the costume drama premiered in 2014. Each year has traditionally seen the premiere of a new installment.
Arriving in late 2018 caused Outlander’s fourth season to run into the next year for a single month. An exact 2020 premiere date has not gotten set, beyond early 2020. That would put the waiting game between Season 4 and 5 at a little over a year. While not ideal, it is not the worst outcome either.
While this wait will be tough to endure, Outlander fans should be able to manage it thanks to Season 5 teasers. The fifth season started production earlier this year. Accordingly, a first-look at Claire and Jamie was released. A Season 5 video has since followed, which revealed the Frasers back at Fraser’s Ridge, among other things.
Based on what is known so far about Season 5, there is a lot in store for fans. There are teases that the fifth season may be very different from the book, so prepare. It will not be the first time. Murtaugh was kept alive, which Outlander’s showrunner cited as a “fantastic idea” in spite of the challenges.
Outlander’s star, Caitriona Balfe, previously revealed what she wanted fans to take away from the show. One of the things that fans have learned thus far is that the show’s eventual arrival is worth the wait. Outlander’s Season 4 finale set the stage for a swiftly-paced fifth season. Now comes the wait to see it arrive on-screen!